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    Cyburbian ICT/316's avatar
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    Devils Night

    Is Devils Night in Detroit still as big as it was some years ago? I’m just saying I haven’t heard much about it Nationally it seems, lately. What other cities does this take place in? I will do some in-depth research (Youtube videos!!! Ha.) today.

    A good book on it and Detroit I read is, “Devils Night: And Other Tales of Detroit” by Zev Chafets.


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    It is nowhere near as bad as it use to be.

    Detroit now has what it calls Angels Night, a volunteer effort aimed at curbing the arson, etc. It has been very effective.

    http://www.angelsnight.org/angelsnight/default.htm

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    Where I grew up (outside of Philadelphia), we called it "mischief night." In neighboring cities in New Jersey things did sometimes get out of hand with arson and the like, but I never experienced this stuff myself. We just toilet papered trees, threw the occasional egg and generally ran around in the dark at night being idiots. It was always the night before Halloween.

    I recently asked people from here in New Mexico if they had this same tradition. They said they just sometimes practice what is called "beggars night" which is evidently just a variant of "trick or treating." You beg for candy (treat) and if you don't get it, you vandalize the home (tricking - usually things like toilet papering the trees and maybe egging the place). I think they do this in Ohio, too, though I was not clear if it is the night of or the night before Halloween.

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    In my hometown, it was called Cabbage Night and it consisted of egg throwing battles, shaving cream fights (and decorating) and pumpkin smashing (preying on those ignorant souls who forgot about Cabbage Night). Even though it was only about 20 years ago, I don't think kids know anything about it today.

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    Quote Originally posted by ICT/316 View post
    Is Devils Night in Detroit still as big as it was some years ago? I’m just saying I haven’t heard much about it Nationally it seems, lately. What other cities does this take place in? I will do some in-depth research (Youtube videos!!! Ha.) today....
    IIRC Devil's Night was greatly diminished during the last year(s) of the Young administration, and Mayor Archer pretty well put it down for good. That was at least five years ago. Much depends on the weather; combustibles burn better on warm dry nights.

    When I was with the city, the public involvement was amazing. City staffers driving around all night during the days before. I recall looking up and down a block and seeing three different yellow flashers (atop car roofs) in the area.

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    In Fort Dodge, It's "Beggar's Night"- they only let you trick or treat on this night, not on Halloween.
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    In Madison, WI they have Freakfest, which was held this past Saturday. In years previous the riots got out of hand, and then the city decided to organize the whole thing and charge admission, and now I guess it isn't as much fun, of course.

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    I hope nobody dresses up at work tomorrow. There was no discussion of it today, so probably won't happen.
    When I get home tomorrow, I hope ZG greets me in that French maid outfit that...oops. Never mind; keep walking, folks....
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