Well it's the morning after the night before. Halloween has come and gone for another year. I wonder how many may have confused it with 'Mischief Night'.
Mischief Night is an informal holiday on which children and teens engage in pranks and minor vandalism. While its name and date vary from place to place, it is most commonly held near the end of October to coincide with Halloween.
The earliest reference to Mischief Night is from 1790 when a headmaster at St John's College, Oxford encouraged a school play which ended in "an Ode to Fun which praises children's tricks on Mischief Night in most approving terms". In the United Kingdom, these pranks were originally carried out as part of May Day celebrations, but when the industrial revolution caused workers to move to urban areas, Mischief Night shifted to November 4, the night before Guy Fawkes Night.
According to one historian, "May Day and the Green Man had little resonance for children in grimy cities. They looked at the opposite end of the year and found the ideal time, the night before the gunpowder plot." In Germany, Mischief Night is still celebrated on May 1. (Source: Wikipedia)
In this case it's drawn from America and involves a liberal use of toilet paper.
I maybe wrong but this year I've noticed the greater use of gauze streamers and sheets draped over hedges and bushes apparently to enhance the 'Halloween' look of properties. I'm off the view that the two distinct forms of 'tricks' and 'mischief' could be in danger of being blurred.
What do you think?