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DEVIL'S NIGHT

OCTOBER 30, THE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN, IS DEVIL'S NIGHT.
THE KIDS WHO ARE TOO OLD TO GO BEGGING SOAP OR WAX WINDOWS, THROW
EGGS, OR RING DOORBELLS.
ANOTHER TRICK IS TO WRAP FRESH DOG CRAP IN NEWSPAPER, PUT IT ON
SOMEONE'S PORCH, IGNITE THE NEWSPAPER, AND RING THE DOORBELL. THE
OCCUPANT USUALLY TRIES TO EXTINGUISH IT BY STAMPING ON THE NEWS-
PAPER.
SOMETIMES FIRECRACKERS ARE PUT IN MAILBOXES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PRANKS

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

Date learned: 10-30-1968

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DEVIL'S NIGHT

ON THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN EVERYONE SUPPOSEDLY GOES OUT AND IS
BAD (SOAPS WINDOWS, TIPS OVER GARBAGE CANS, ETC.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

Date learned: 10-27-1968

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HALLOWEEN CUSTOMS

ON THE EVE OF HALLOWEEN KIDS WILL GO OUT AND RING DOOR BELLS AND
SOAP WINDOWS. THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN IS KNOWN AS "DEVILS NIGHT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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BEGGAR'S NIGHT

ON THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN ALL THE OLDER KIDS GO OUT AND BEG FOR
TREATS, SO AS NOT TO BOTHER THE YOUNGER CHILDREN ON HALLOWEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

Date learned: 10-27-1968

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"DEVIL'S NIGHT"

AROUND AMERICA'S BIG CITIES THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN IS "DEVIL'S
NIGHT" WHEN KIDS SOAP WINDOWS AND ALSO PERFORM OTHER PRANKS,
USUALLY HARMLESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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CUSTOM

DEVIL'S NIGHT: THE NAME OF THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN ON WHICH
CHILDREN CREATE HAVOC IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

DEVIL'S NIGHT -- THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

Date learned: 10-07-1968

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A FOLKTALE ABOUT A HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

WHEN I WAS JUST A LITTLE FELLOW, JUST ABOUT SO TALL, ME AND THESE
FRIENDS OF MINE WENT OUT ON DEVILS NIGHT AND DECIDED WE WAS GONNA
HAVE US SOME FUN. WELL WE TOOK US AN OLD TIRE, TIRES WAS HARD TO
GET IN THOSE DAYS, AND WE FILLED THAT OLD TIRE WITH COW MANURE.
THEN WE TIED A LONG ROPE TO IT AND PUT IT OUT IN THE ROAD. NOW
TIRES WAS HARD TO GET IN THOSE DAYS AND THERE WAS SURE TO BE
SOMEONE WHO WOULD STOP TO PICK IT UP. WELL WE HID IN THE BUSHES
AND WAITED AND SURE AS YOU MAKE HEAD CHEESE FROM PIGS A CAR STOPPED
TO PICK IT UP. AND WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT TWO FELLAS, ALL DRESSED
UP 'CAUSE THEY WERE GOING TO TOWN, STOPPED THEIR CAR AND WAS
GANNA PICK UP THAT OLD TIRE WHEN WE GIVE IT A GOOD PULL. WELL
THEY WEREN'T GONNA LET US KIDS OUT SMART THEM SO THEY PICKED UP THAT
OLD TIRE AND GAVE IT A GOOD PULL AND WE LET IT GO AND THEY FELL
WITH THAT TIRE ON TOP OF THEM AND GOT ALL MESSED UP AND THAT OLD
TIRE WASN'T NO GOOD ANYWAY. (SIC)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): PRANKS

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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FESTIVAL

THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN IS OFTEN CALLED "DEVIL'S NIGHT" SINCE
THIS IS THE TIME FOR PRANKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103

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ON THE EVE OF ALL SAINTS DAY THE CHILDREN WOULD PUT THEIR SHOES
OUT TO BE FILLED WITH CANDY BY THE SAINTS.

Data entry tech comment: ALL SAINTS DAY: NOVEMBER 1.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): GIFTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-13-1971

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HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

IN POLAND, ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT THE PEOPLE GO OUT TO THE GRAVEYARD
AND PLACE LIGHTED CANDLES ON THE GRAVES OF LOVED ONES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 09-30-1968

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HALLOWEEN PRANK

ON HALLOWEEN, THE YOUNG BOYS AROUND THE FARMS IN PENNSYLVANIA
PLAY A JOKE ON THE FARMER. AT NIGHT, THEY TAKE HIS BUGGY APART
AND TAKE THE PIECES UP TO THE ROOF OF THE BARN. THEY PUT THE BUGGY
TOGETHER AND LEAVE IT PERCHED ON THE FARMER'S ROOF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PRANKS

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

Date learned: 02-25-1970

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ON HALLOWEEN, HANG AN APPLE ON A STRING ATTACHED TO A RAIL. THE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE PASSING UNDER IT WILL INDICATE THE NUMBER OF
MONTHS THAT WILL ELAPSE BEFORE YOU ARE MARRIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 03-14-1968

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ON HALLOWEEN, WALK BACKWARDS INTO A GARDEN AND PULL UP A CABBAGE,
WHICH WILL INDICATE THE CONDITION OF YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND:
LARGE NICE CABBAGE = HANDSOME MAN; MUCH DIRT = WEALTHY MAN;
LEAN, UNDERDEVELOPED CABBAGE = POOR MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 03-14-1968

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HALLOWEEN CALL

HELP THE POOR,
MY PANTS ARE TORE

Submitter comment: EXPERIENCE 1940'S, PLYMOUTH, MI

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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CALL ON HALLOWEEN

TRICKS OR TREATS,
MONEY OR EATS

Submitter comment: EXPERIENCE 1940'S, PLYMOUTH, MI

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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HALLOWEEN PRANK

A FAVORITE PRANK ON HALLOWEEN WAS TO TURN OVER OUT-HOUSES (WHEN
THERE WERE SUCH THINGS).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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JACK-O-LANTERNS

IT IS A COMMON PRACTICE IN APPLETON, WISCONSIN TO HOLLOW A PUMPKIN
OUT AND CARVE A FACE INTO THE REMAINING SHELL. A CANDLE OR A
LIGHT BULB IS THEN PLACED INSIDE. THE PUMPKINS MADE IN THIS MANNER
ARE CALLED JACK-O-LANTERNS ARE USED TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT PERSONALLY WITNESSED THIS EVENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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HALLOWEEN TRADITION

IT IS TRADITIONAL TO HAVE APPLE-DUNKS AT HALLOWEEN PARTIES. THIS
PRACTICE APPARENTLY GOES BACK TO EARLY AMERICAN TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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EVE OF ALL SAINTS

ON THE EVE OF ALL SAINT'S DAY A GLASS OF WATER IS TO BE LEFT OUT ON
THE KITCHEN TABLE FOR ALL THE POOR SOULS TO TAKE A DRINK FROM ON
THEIR WAY TO HEAVEN FROM PURGATORY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT AND FAMILY DO THIS EACH YEAR ON THE EVE OF ALL SAINTS
DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 03-27-1971

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