In many parts of the U.S., Mischief Night (Devil’s Night, Cabbage Night, etc.) is an October 30th tradition dedicated to truly harmful (and usually illegal) pranks.
Let’s put the kibosh on Mischief Night vandalism. There’s nothing cool or festive or even remotely amusing about ruining other people’s property. Instead, turn Mischief Night into a tradition of your own making – a night to celebrate Halloween exactly as you please.
Here are a few legal ways to celebrate mischievously:
Hit Spooky Events
For most adults, as much as we love the scary, Halloween night is about kiddos. About applauding adorable costumes and giving away eight billion pounds of candy, to be precise. But Mischief Night can be all about what we want to do – screams and all! Make it annual tradition to earmark October 30 as a night of horrors, and hit the eeriest haunts you can find: ghost mazes, haunted houses, etc.
And Local Events
In many cities and college towns, local bars and nightclubs host Mischief Nights, complete with drink specials and fun finger food (yum yum, blood-drenched chicken wings). Check your local events sites to find out where you can spend the evening with fellow revelers.
Host a Mischief-Night Party
Halloween parties are spooky; they’re all about the skeletons, creepy music, and peeled grape “eyeballs.” A party for Mischief Night, on the other hand, is pure pranky fun. Invite your friends over and rig your house in advance: write creepy messages in red lipstick on the bathroom mirror; throw a pumpkin-smashing party (who threw it best?); serve caramel onions (like caramel apples, but with a surprise inside!). Your friends will never celebrate with you again.
And If Pranks Aren’t Your Thing, A Halloween Party
As we already mentioned, you can’t really throw a Halloween party on Halloween night because everyone’s home, handing out candy. If you love Halloween, hijack Mischief Night for your own purposes. Go big on the theme: spread cotton spider webs throughout your house, carve Styrofoam tombstones, and rig spring-loaded everything to jump out from behind doors. Peel those grapes, stuff lifelike masks into jars, serve “bloody” punch. Queue the creepiest, eeriest music. Offer door prizes for the best costumes. Go all out for your Halloween pre-party.
Host a Movie Marathon
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to enjoy a quiet night in on October 30. But if you’re going to spend the evening on the sofa, consider hosting a scary movie marathon. Crush some candy corn over your popcorn; serve cocktails in jack-o-lantern tumblers. And then turn the lights off and press play on your favorite scary flicks. Pro tip: it can be really fun to power-watch an entire horror series. Some of our favorites: Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Child’s Play (aka Chucky), Alien, and Halloween. And if you’d like a side of laughter with your fright, try Scream.