“Remember, Remember the Fifth of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot!” And let’s not forget the mischief of the night before!
When I was a child, and even when my two eldest girls were young, the UK did not celebrate or take part in the festivities of Halloween; Trick or Treating did not arrive in my neck of the woods until around the mid-eighties. What we did have was the 4th November Mischievous Night, an evening where youngsters carried out petty pranks to remember Guy Fawkes, but with no malice intended. The streets were safer back then, and children would roam around with friends and play tricks on other people (no treats involved here).
My mischievous activities usually involved a jar of treacle and door-knobs. My brother’s favourite trick was to remove and mix up everyone’s garden gates; and my eldest girls, Victoria and Louisa, once had the pleasure of being escorted home by the village policeman! Enough said!
By the 1990s, Mischievous night had faded out in favour of Halloween, which was hardly surprising. Young children can take part in Halloween, no one carries out tricks, and the children are given sweets and candy! No wonder they all love it!
Today Owl tells Mouse about another night of mischief, one that happened over 400 years ago!
This year our family Bonfire party will take place on the evening of Saturday 2nd November. To learn more about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night. READ My Brief History Lesson.
Editoria Note: To many of us in Britain, the Halloween Trick or Treating that took over from Mischievous Night may seem like a modern event, but its roots can be traced back to Celtic Britain and Ireland before the 8th century, with some saying as far back as the 4th century!
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