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WASSELING

THEY DON'T HAVE HALLOWEEN IN ENGLAND. THEY HAVE WASSELING NEAR
CHRISTMAS.IT'S A DAY IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON SET ASIDE FOR KIDS TO
GO AND COLLECT CANDY, PRESENTS, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): BEGGING GIFT-GIVING ; WASSAIL WASSAILING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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DEVILS NIGHT CUSTOM

EVERY OCTOBER 30, THERE IS A CUSTOM HELD BY MANY IN
THE CITY OF DETROIT AND SURROUNDING AREAS OF PLAYING TRICKS
AND OTHER PRANKS ON THE POPULACE OF THE AREA. THESE PRANKS
TAKE MANY FORMS, THEY MAY BE EGGING PEOPLE ON THE STREET, THE ART OF
DECORATING HOMES IN THE AREA WITH TOILET PAPER OR SOAPING
THE WINDOWS OF MANY CARS. OTHER VARIATIONS ARE THE USE OF SHAVING
CREAM ON THE CARS AND HOMES IN THE AREA, OR SPRAY PAINT.
THIS IS USUALLY DONE TO FRIEND AND ENEMY ALIKE, DEPENDING ON YOUR
FEELINGS OF FRIENDSHIP AT THE TIME. THE CUSTOM BEGINS AT
THE AGE OF
12 OR SO AND CAN SOMETIMES CONTINUE TO THE AGE OF 21 OR LATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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HALLOWEEN SONG

TRICK OR TREATS,
MONEY OR EATS,
IF YOU DON'T LIKE ME,
YOU CAN SMELL MY FEETS.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS SUNG ON HALLOWEEN

Where learned: NEW YORK ; CHEEKTOWAGA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

LAST HALLOWEEN, THE THINGS I SEEN,
I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES.
A BOOGIE MAN FROM ZOMBIE LAND,
HE CAME TO HAUNT THE TOWN.
SO HE WENT UP TO THE HAUNTED HOUSE,
WHERE THE GHOSTS WERE ALL AROUND.
THEY SHOUTED AROUND AS THEY SAW HIM COME,
TO HELP THEM HAUNT THE TOWN.
BUT THE WITCH CAME IN UPON HER BROOM,
AND SHE RODE AROUND THE ROOM.
AND SHE SAID TO THEM,
THIS WILL BRING YOUR DOOM.
AND THE RAFTERS CRACKED,
AND THE PLASTER SNAPPED,
AND THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN.
AND THAT WAS THE END,
OF THE BOOGIE MAN,
WHO CAME TO HAUNT THE TOWN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ORIGINAL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TRAVERSE CITY ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse C720.429
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse C720.435
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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TRICK OR TREAT RHYME

TRICK OR TREAT.
SMELL MY FEET.
I LIVE ON MILL STREET.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED BY TRICK OR TREATERS ON HALLOWEEN IN ORDER TO COLLECT
CANDY AND OTHER GIFTS. THE NAME OF THE STREET IN THE THIRD LINE IS
NOT ALWAYS MILL BUT RATHER THE STREET THE PERSON LIVES ON. THIS IS
SUPPOSED TO BE A CLUE TO THEIR IDENTITY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SAINT CLAIR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.1031
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 00001960S

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TRICK OR TREAT RHYME

A BALL IN A HOLE IN A WALL AND THAT'S ALL.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED BY TRICK OR TREATERS ON HALLOWEEN IN ORDER TO COLLECT
CANDY AND OTHER GIFTS. NONSENSE RHYME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SAINT CLAIR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.1031
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 00001960S

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IN THE 1920'S MY UNCLES , ALONG WITH SOME FRIENDS OF THEIR'S, WENT
OUT TO PLAY PRANKS ON HALLOWEEN AND WOULD TIP OVER PEOPLES OUTHOUSES.
THERE WAS ONE THAT SAT AT THE TOP OF A SMALL RISE IN THE LAND.
THIS ONE THEY TURNED OVER LIKE SOME OTHERS THEY HAD DONE EARLIER AND
WERE SURPRISED TO HEAR YELLS COMING OUT OF THE OUTHOUSE AS IT ROLLED
OVER DOWN THE HILL. THE OLD MAN WHO HAD BEEN INSIDE AT THE TIME,
DID NOT GET PHYSICALLY HURT, BUT HE DID RECOGNIZE THE VOICE OF ONE
OF MY UNCLES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PRANKS - PENNSYLVANNIA

PUSH OUTHOUSES FOR HALLOWEEN PRANK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATOLOGICAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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ON HALLOWEEN, I REMEMBER MY BROTHERS GOING OUT AND COLLECTING TWIGS,
BRANCHES, FLOWERS, ETC. THESE THEY TOOK OUT AT NIGHT AND WOULD PUT ON THE WINDOW SILLS
OF THEIR GIRLFRIENDS' HOUSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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CUSTOM HOLLIDAY

CHILDREN SOAP CAR WINDOWS ON DEVILS NIGHT

Submitter comment: DEVILS NIGHT IS THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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CUSTOMS

ON HALLOWEEN IN GREECE, THE KIDS GO FROM DOOR TO DOOR
KISSING THE HANDS OF THE GROWN-UPS. THEY THEN RECEIVE A
FEW PENNIES IN RETURN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

ON THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN, LITTLE CHILDREN GO OUT AT NIGHT
RINGING DOORBELLS AND PERFORMING OTHER PRANKS. (THIS NIGHT IS
CALLED "DEVILS NIGHT.")

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

ON OCTOBER 31 LITTLE CHILDREN GO "TRICK OR TREATING" AT NIGHT.
MOST PEOPLE GIVE THEM A PIECE OF CANDY TO AVOID ANY PRANKS
AGAINST THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 00001955 (CA.)

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DEVIL'S NIGHT

ON DEVIL'S NIGHT RING DOORBELLS AND SOAP WINDOWS
TO SHOW YOUR RESPECT FOR THE DEVIL'S POWER.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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HALLOWEEN

ON HALLOWEEN, EAT CHILI AND YOU GET GOOD TREATS.

Submitter comment: ON HALLOWEEN MY MOTHER ALWAYS MADE CHILI BECAUSE IT WAS A QUICK
MEAL. SINCE NONE OF US LIKE CHILI, SHE TOLD US WE
WOULDN'T GET ANY TREATS IF WE DIDN'T EAT IT.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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THE GHOST OF WHITNEY, INDIANA

IT IS BELIEVED THAT EVERY HALLOWEEN A HEADLESS HORSEMAN
RIDES DOWN A PARTICULAR ROAD NEAR WHITNEY, INDIANA.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GO SEEKING HIM EVERY YEAR, AND SOMEONE ALWAYS
CLAIMS SUCCESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses P438.1

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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ORIGIN OF THE JACK O LANTERN

A BOY NAMED JACK WANTED TO GO TO HEAVEN, BUT HIS CONSCIENCE
WOULD NOT LET HIM. SO JACK WANTED TO GET INTO HELL, BUT SINCE
HE PLAYED TRICKS AND JOKES, THE DEVIL WOULD NOT LET HIM IN.
SO JACK HAD TO ROAM THE EARTH FOR ALL TIME, CARRYING
A LANTERN. THEREFORE PEOPLE HAVE CALLED HIM, JACK O' LANTERN.

Data entry tech comment: A-T 330 THE SMITH OUTWITS THE DEVIL
MT[ A2817 ORIGIN OF WILL-OF-THE-WISP (JACK-O'-LANTERN)
CK[ IGNUS FATUUS ; JACK-O'-LANTERN IS NAME FOR HOLLOWEEN PUMPKIN
WL[ ALPENA, MICHIGAN
****************** NEW D FILE 2 ******************

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

James Callow Keyword(s): IGNUS FATUUS ; JACK-O'-LANTERN IS NAME FOR HOLLOWEEN PUMPKIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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WHO BECOMES A VAMPIRE

A PERSON WILL BE A VAMPIRE IF HE IS BORN ON HALLOWEEN
OR CONCEIVED ON WOLFPURGIS NIGHT, THE NIGHT BEFORE MAY 1.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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LEGEND

EVERY HALLOWEEN NIGHT THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN GOES LOOKING
FOR HIS HEAD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

THE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN' OCTOBER 30, IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS DEVIL,S
NIGHT. ON THAT NIGHT CHILDREN ARE SUPPOSED TO GO ABOUT THEIR
NEIGHBORHOODS RINGING DOORBELLS, SOAPING
WINDOWS OR STREAMING TOILET TISSUE ON TREES. IT IS A HARMLESS
DIVERSION.

Submitter comment: IN RECENT YEARS DEVIL'S NIGHT HAS NOT BEEN HARMLESS. IT HAS TURNED
FROM A NIGHT OF PRANKS TO A NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION. BREAKING WINDOWS,
THROWING STONES AT CARS OR PAINT AT HOUSES IS NOT UNCOMMON. WAX
HAS BEEN SUBSTITUTED FOR SOAP. THE CHANGE IN CHILDREN'S PRANKS
COULD VERY WELL BE RELATED TO THE SICKNESS IN RECENT HALLOWEENS.
IN RECENT YEARS RAZOR BLADES, POISON AND NEEDLES HAVE BEEN PLACED IN
TRICK OR TREATER'S CANDY AND APPLES. THIS COULD VERY WELL HAVE A
DIRECT CORRELATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUEL PRANKS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: CA00001962

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