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WILD GOOSE CHASE

THIS IS HIDE AND GO SEEK ON A BIKE. ALL THE CHILDREN ARE ON BIKES
AND ONE PERSON IS IT.
THERE MAY BE 10 TO 20 CHILDREN ON THEIR BIKES.
ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IT RIDE ON THEIR BIKES AND HIDE (THE KIDS
ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GET OFF OF THEIR BIKES). THE PERSON WHO IS IT HAS
TO FIND AND TAG THEM WITH ONE HAND.
THE WINNER OF THE GAME IS THE PERSON WHO DOES NOT GET TAGGED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

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HIDE AND SEEK

SOMEONE IS CHOSEN AS "IT." ALL OF THE OTHER
PLAYERS HIDE WHILE "IT" SAYS, "LAST NIGHT,
THE NIGHT BEFORE, TWENTY-FIVE ROBBERS AT MY
DOOR. I GOT UP, LET THEM IN, HIT THEM OVER
THE HEAD WITH A ROLLING PIN." THE "IT" COUNTS
TO TWENTY-FIVE AND YELLS, "HERE I COME, READY OR
NOT." PRIOR TO HIDING, THE PLAYERS AGREE ON A
DESIGNATED SAFE BASE WHICH THEY MUST TOUCH
BEFORE "IT" TAGS THEM. IF "IT" TAGS SOMEONE
BEFORE THEY TOUCH BASE, THEY BECOME "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 00-00-1941

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GAME--COME INSIDE THE GIANT'S HOUSE.

THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY YOUNG CHILDREN
IN GROUPS. IT STARTS OFF AS AN ADULT
BEING THE GIANT. THE GROUPS ARE BROKE
APART INTO 3 OR 4 GROUPS (USUALLY 4
IN A GROUP). THE GROUPS BEGIN TO
CHANT "COME INSIDE THE GIANT'S HOUSE,
COME INSIDE THE GIANT'S HOUSE TO SEE
WHAT YOU CAN SEE." AFTER THIS CHANT THE
GIANT SAYS, I SEE A CHAIR (OR OTHER TYPE
OF OBJECT). THE CHILDREN MAKE THIS AND
THE GROUPS TRY TO MAKE THIS.

Submitter comment: IT IS A GAME CHILDREN PLAY. THEY HAVE TO MAKE THE OBJECT
USING THEIR BODIES ONLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAPEER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00001970S

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CHICKEN COOP

CHICKEN COOP IS A GAME WHERE TWO OR MORE PEOPLE ARE "IT" DEPEND-
ING ON HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE PLAYING. ALL THE PLAYERS WHO ARE NOT
"IT" GO AND HIDE. "IT" MUST FIND THEM, TAG THEM, AND THEN PLACE
THEM IN THE CHICKEN COOP (LIKE A JAIL). "IT" MUST HAVE EVERYONE
IN THE COOP BEFORE "IT" CAN WIN. THE OTHER PLAYERS MAY FREE SOME-
ONE FROM THE COOP WHILE "IT" IS LOOKING FOR OTHER PEOPLE. THEY
JUST RELEASE THEM FROM THE COOP AND SCREAM "FREE" SO THAT "IT"
WILL KNOW THAT SOMEONE HAS BEEN FREED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 00-00-1979 ; 11-00-1987

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HIDE AND GO GET IT

A FORM OF HIDE AND SEEK. A GROUP OF BOYS HIDE FROM A GROUP
OF GIRLS AND WHEN THE GIRLS FIND THE BOYS THEY GET A KISS,
THEN THEY SWITCH, THE GIRLS HIDE AND THE BOYS FIND THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001970S

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A hiding game

Last night, night before
Twenty-four robbers were at my door
I got up to let them in
Hit em on the head with a rolling pin
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Ready or not here I come
All around my glue is it

Submitter comment: The person who is "it" must go to
a large tree (glue) cover his/her eyes
while facing the "glue" and singing the
above rhyme. While the person who is
"it" is chanting, the other children run
to find a hiding place. When the person
who is "it" is done he/she must find the
others and tag them before they can get
on "glue". "Glue" is where all players
are safe ("on glue"). Whoever is tagged before
getting safe on "glue" is "it". If no one is
tagged, then the same person must be "it"
again.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; children in the community

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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Kill the Belgian

This game is played just like "Hide and Seek," with
one person (called the Belgian) hiding and the others
hunting and then chasing him to the goal.

Submitter comment: This game was played by non-Belgians, who
used the term Belgian for Swabian or Pole.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): German, Polish

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 00001940CA

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BLOODY MURDER

"IT" GOES AND HIDES WHILE THE CHILDREN SITTING ON
"HOME" SING THE FOLLOWING SONG:
ONE O'CLOCK, TWO O'CLOCK, THREE O'CLOCK ROCK
FOUR O'CLOCK, FIVE O'CLOCK, SIX O'CLOCK ROCK
SEVEN O'CLOCK, EIGHT O'CLOCK, NINE O'CLOCK ROCK
TEN O'CLOCK, ELEVEN O'CLOCK, TWELVE O'CLOCK
MIDNIGHT!
"MIDNIGHT" IS YELLED AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE SO THAT "IT" MAY
KNOW THAT THE CHILDREN ARE COMING. THE CHILDREN SEPARATE
AND LOOK FOR "IT". IF A CHILD SEES "IT" AND HASN'T YET BEEN
TOUCHED BY "IT", THAT CHILD WILL SCREAM "BLOODY MURDER" AND
RUN TO HOME. THE OTHER CHILDREN ALSO SCREAM "BLOODY MURDER"
AND RUN TO HOME. IT IS UNWISE TO BE LAST FOR BY THEN "IT" HAS
GOTTEN TO THE AREA OF HOME BASE AND GUARDS HOME SO THAT THE
PLAYERS CAN'T GET THROUGH. THE PLAYERS TOUCHING HOME BASE THEN
FORM A HUMAN CHAIN, LINKING HANDS, AND TRY TO REACH THE
TRAPPED PLAYERS. IF THEY CAN REACH THE CHAIN THEY ARE "SAFE".
IF SOMEONE IS TOUCHED BY "IT" THEY BECOME "IT" FOR THE NEXT
GAME. OTHERWISE THE ORIGINAL "IT" IS "IT" AGAIN AND THE GAME
BEGINS AGAIN. THIS GAME WAS ALWAYS PLAYED AT NIGHT. "IT"
COULD HIDE BETTER AND THE DARKNESS ADDED TO THE FEAR AND
EXCITEMENT. THE BOUNDARIES WERE ALWAYS SETTLED BEFORE HAND AS
WELL AS A TIME LIMIT FOR FINDING "IT".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 05-00-1978

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Arabic Hiding Game

Shaytana Gronue is a game played similar to hide and seek.
Somebody would be picked out of 10 people and that
person would be Shaytana Gronue. The chosen individual
must dress up in a costume representing the devil and
then hide anywhere. The game can be played inside or
outside. The object is for the remaining nine players
to go and seek out Shaytana Gronue. When spotted
"Shaytana Gronue" is yelled out and everybody runs to a
predetermined safety zone which Shaytana Gronue does not
know about. Players are eliminated by the poison touch
of Shaytana Gronue. The last player remaining then becomes
the new Shaytana Gronue.

Submitter comment: When I was around 10 years old my father would play this
game with me and my brothers and sisters.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): Shaytana Gronue is "It" in this game.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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CB TAG

ANYONE WITH A CAR, A CB, AND A FREE WEEKEND EVENING CAN JOIN A
GAME OF CB TAG. THE PLAYERS ALSO NEED AN AREA TO PLAY. THIS GAME
DEVELOPED AMONG GRATIOT AVENUE CRUISERS IN ROSEVILLE, MICHIGAN.
THE PLAYERS GATHER IN A PARKING LOT TO ESTABLISH WHO IS PLAYING.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHAT TYPE OF CAR EACH PLAYER IS
DRIVING. THE PLAYERS THEN DRIVE OFF IN ALL DIRECTIONS ALTHOUGH
THEY CANNOT GO BEYOND PRE-SET BOUNDARIES. AFTER ABOUT FIFTEEN
MINUTES THEY BEGIN TO COMMUNICATE USING THEIR CB RADIOS. FROM
THIS POINT ON THEY ARE LOOKING FOR OTHER PLAYERS. EACH PLAYER
MUST CHECK IN EVERY FIVE MINUTES. WHEN ONE PLAYER SEES ANOTHER,
THE SECOND PLAYER IS "CAUGHT" AND MUST RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL
PARKING LOT. THE GAME IS OVER WHEN ALL PLAYERS HAVE RETURNED TO
THE LOT. THE WINNER IS THE DRIVER WHO IS NOT SIGHTED BY THE OTHER
PLAYERS.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED OF THIS GAME FROM A CO-WORKER AT THE MACOMB COUNTY
LIBRARY IN MOUNT CLEMENS, MICHIGAN WHO WAS A REGULAR PLAYER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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Hide and go get it

Hide and go get it similar to hide and seek. The game requires
an equal number of sexes in this game. "It" in this game is one of
the sexes either the boys or the girls. For example, if the boys are
"it" they count to one hundred by fives while the girls go and hide.
If "it" catches you, you must kiss your capturer. The game continues
until everyone is caught or is on glue (glue is the safety zone where
you can no longer be tagged). The game then resumes with the other
sex being "it".

Submitter comment: This game was a way to kiss someone you liked without asking for
it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 0001970S

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AT THE JEWISH HOLIDAY OF PASSOVER, A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY
IS HELD WHICH IS CALLED THE "SEDER." AT THIS
CELEBRATION THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE HIDES A PIECE OF
MATZOS WRAPPED IN A LINEN TABLE NAPKIN FOR THE CHILDREN
TO FIND. WHICHEVER CHILD IS SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING
IT DURING THE EVENING, HE RECEIVES "GELT," (SOME
MONEY) FOR HIS EFFORTS.

Data entry tech comment: MATZOS=FLAT, UNSALTED, CRACKER
CN[ WISOK, LINDA K.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RELEASE

A PERSON IS NAMED "IT" AND HIDES HIS EYES, COUNTS
TO 100 BY FIVES. WHILE HE IS DOING THIS, ALL THE
OTHER PLAYERS HIDE. (SAME AS HIDE AND SEEK).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 11-30-1971

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SPEECH--HIDE AND SEEK

WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK, IF ALL PEOPLE ARE FOUND
EXCEPT FOR ONE OR A FEW, THE PERSON WHO IS "IT"
MAY GIVE UP LOOKING AND REQUEST THEM TO COME OUT BY
SAYING, "HONKO, HONKO, IF YOU DON'T COME IN,
YOU'RE IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport S555.525

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GOOSEY GOLLY

THIS IS A GAME WHICH CAN BE PLAYED BY TWO OR MORE
PEOPLE. IT IS PLAYED IN YOUR BEDROOM USUALLY ON YOUR
BED. ONE PERSON HIDES UNDER THE COVERS. THE OTHER
SAYS, "THE BIG, BAD GOOSEY GOLLY IS COMING."
THIS PERSON, JUMPS ON TOP OF THE COVERED UP PERSON.
HE (GOOSEY GOLLY) SAYS, "THE GOOSEY GOLLY HAS GOT
YOU AND I'M GOING TO TICKLE YOU TO DEATH!" THAT IS
EXACTLY WHAT HE TRIES TO DO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

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HIDE AND SEEK

ONE CHILD WILL CLOSE HIS EYES AND COUNT TO ONE HUNDRED.
THE GROUP OF CHILDREN PLAYING THE GAME WILL HIDE IN
DIFFERENT PLACES. AFTER HE HAS FINISHED COUNTING,
HE HAS TO SEARCH FOR THEM.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STONE SCHOOL

SOME NEIGHBORS OF OURS HAD A PORCH WITH LOTS OF STEPS.
ONE PERSON WAS NAMED "IT" OR THE TEACHER. THE
TEACHER HAD A STONE IN ONE HAND. ALL OF THE PEOPLE
WOULD TAKE TURNS GUESSING WHAT HAND THE STONE WAS IN.
IF YOU GUESSED RIGHT, THEN YOU MOVED UP A STEP, IF
YOU GUESSED WRONG YOU MOVED BACK A STEP. SNEAKING
WAS ALLOWED, BUT IF YOU WERE CAUGHT, YOU HAD TO
GO BACK TO THE FIRST STEP.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A LOT LIKE RED-LIGHT, GREEN-LIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 11-30-1971

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ALL-Y, ALL-Y, OUTS IN FREE.

Submitter comment: FROM A CHILDHOOD GAME OF "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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GUN SHOE

A PERSON IS NAMED "IT," AND HE IS CALLED GUN-SHOE
OR THE DETECTIVE. HE BLINDS HIS EYES AND EVERYBODY
ELSE HIDES. AFTER COUNTING TO 100 HE THEN SEARCHES
FOR THE PLAYERS UNTIL HE FINDS THEM.

Submitter comment: IT IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE GAME OF HIDE-AND-SEEK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GUMSHOE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 11-30-1971

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24 ROBBERS

PLAYERS: 1 CALLER OR "IT" AND SEVERAL PLAYERS.
CHANT: LAST NIGHT, NIGHT BEFORE,
24 ROBBERS AT MY DOOR.
I GOT UP AND LET THEM IN,
HIT THEM OVER THE HEAD
WITH A ROLLING PIN.
OBJECTIVE: ONE PERSON HIDES HIS FACE BY EITHER TURNING
HIS BACK AND COVERING HIS EYES AND PLACING HIS FACE
ON A TREE, OR FACING A WALL OR GOING INTO A
CLOSET AND REPEATING THE CHANT UNTIL HE HEARS NO
ONE COMING AROUND HIM OR IN THE DISTANCE. HE THEN
HUNTS FOR THE INDIVIDUALS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching

Date learned: 01-23-1971

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