Mischief Night – Halloween – Ghosts

In the north of England, where I was raised, we didn’t really celebrate Halloween, instead we all ran amok on MISCHIEF NIGHT!

Bonfire Night

Mischief night was celebrated on November 4th, which was the night before Bonfire Night!

What was Bonfire Night?

On November 5th in 1605 a man called Guy Fawkes decided to blow up the houses of Parliament. Luckily Guy Fawkes was apprehended before he managed to carry out his ‘Gun Powder Plot’.

Gun Powder Plot is now remembered every year on November 5th. It is a happy event celebrated in each village in England. A huge bonfire is built on the village green. An image of ‘Guy Fawkes’ is balanced on the top of each bonfire and the villagers cheer as he burns. Fireworks are lit to replicate the Gun Powder and a good night is had by all.

On Mischief Night (the night before Gun Powder Plot) the village kids go out after dark, knocking on doors and running away. In some area’s they push a ‘Guy’ around in an old pram. He is made of old clothes stuffed with straw. The kids will go from door to door and ask ‘a penny for the Guy’. It was a lot of fun, but not nearly as much fun as Bonfire night.

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Have Fun this Halloween – Watch out for Real Ghosts!


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