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The history of Mischief Night

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Or Devil’s Night — your call

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Hello again — The History of Fun is back for season two, y’all. This time around, Plante, Russ and I are narrowing our research scope to bring you something seasonally appropriate. We’re talking about holiday traditions for this set of episodes, from the ones we all know and love (trick-or-treating!) to some that you may have totally never heard of.

That was the case for the topic of this, our season premiere. Russ recalls the story of Mischief Night, a.k.a. Devil’s Night, a.k.a. the night before Halloween. Ever wake up on Halloween with toilet paper all over your yard and eggshells on your windshield? You have the bad-boy antics of this tradition to thank.

I had never heard of this before, because I was a well-behaved child, the kind that actually wanted apples instead of candy. But then, what’s the fun in going in knowing the history already?

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our segment, Reader Only Memories, wherein we share listener stories about the topic at hand. Here is the full thread of responses:

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