October 30th: To Some Devil’s Night, Others Mischief Night. To Most, However, It’s Apparently Nothing

Joshua Katz, a PhD student in statistics at North Carolina State University, created a map based on a Harvard Dialect Survey about how Americans speak.

While the study, led by Prof. Bert Vaux, found that most Americans don’t have a special name for tonight, most people in New Jersey call it “Mischief Night.” Michigan residents, in fact, are the only other ones to have a name for Halloween eve, “Devils Night.”

“Mischief Night” is just that: A night, typically, young unsupervised juveniles go around engaging in mischievous behavior such as throwing eggs at homes and wrapping trees in toilet paper. Some New Jersey towns enforce a zero tolerance policy to cut down on this type of behavior.



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