Mischief Night – Owl and Mouse 23

“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!

This weekend, over on Weekly Prompts, GC and I chose the photo challenge Flame for our monthly Colour Challenge.

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!ย 

Today Owl tells Mouse about another night of mischief, one that happened over 400 years ago!

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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.ย READ My Brief History Lesson.

Editoria Note:ย 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!ย 

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge FLAME from Weekly Prompts


24 thoughts on “Mischief Night – Owl and Mouse 23

  1. I went over and read your history lesson Sue, Thanks for the information, and wow !! that bonfire looks very hot Sue,,,,and the Owl and the Mouse were very colourful and bright too…. I thought the colour control on my monitor was playing up !!……. Flame Is a good topic… maybe a Haiku….

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    1. Thank you, Ivor, I’m glad you like it. Tonight’s bonfire will be even bigger because we’ve had lots of wood donated from a building site.
      Yes please do a Haiku. I’m just about to go the Reader and catch up on everyone’s posts that have come in overnight, including yours – see you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Another fun blog Sue. Love your cartoon. Halloween is a fairly new celebration in Australia, too. It’s arrival seemed to coincide with a total legal ban on Guy Fawkes celebrations after a spate of accidents in which kids were burnt or blinded by fireworks which accompanied the surburban bonfires of my childhood. Pity!

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    1. I’m surprised that private family parties like ours haven’t been banned too. We are in the minority, most people attend community events. Last night while doing taxi duty for grandchildren I passed an enormous event at the Rugby club, I think the people attending were in more danger from passing cars than fireworks. Parents and children were spilling out into the road, and walking on the road and cars were parked willy nilly! Thank you Maureen.


  3. Murphy's Law

    Great history lesson. It’s always interesting to learn how any tradition formed its roots. I must say, your bonfire is very impressive! On this side of the pond, Mischief Night is the night before Halloween. Unfortunately, the mischief is often downright mean….eggs broken on cars, paint thrown on homes, pumpkins smashed on roads. I find it difficult to call that “mischief”! ๐Ÿ˜ก

    Owl and Mouse are such good little historians!! And they adapt so well to the color changes of their environment!! Lol.

    But Sue, you can’t mention Victoria and Louisa being escorted home by a policeman and leave us hanging like this!! If you can’t bring yourself to spill the beans, perhaps Owl and Mouse will! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    ๐ŸพGinger ๐Ÿพ

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    1. Ginger, I can’t even remember why the girls were escorted home. I do remember the local bobby grinning and winking at me, so I don’t think it could have been too bad. I’ll ask them later.

      I think we have the nasty louts out and about on Halloween too, and I think if we still had the 4th November Mischievous night that would have been savaged by the evil element in our society today.

      Thank you for your lovely comments about Owl and Mouse and I’m glad you liked my little bit of history. Have a lovely weekend Ginger


  4. I see that Bradford is about to take a firmer stance on fireworks. They have a huge problem with anti social behaviour apparently. I’m amazed that they haven’t been banned totally for all sorts of reasons. We used to have a neighbourly get together with a combined effort to make a huge bonfire in a central field. We had roast potatoes and chestnuts done in the embers at the edge of the fire. Happy, but long gone, innocent pleasures!

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    1. I think parts of Leeds are experiencing similar problems Peter. I’m surprised that fireworks haven’t been banned too.

      One of my petty complaints is the Scout camp that adjoins the field outside my bedroom window. All types of Youth groups come here to camp and I think it must be a wonderful experience for them. Occasionally though some of the groups end their stay with fireworks and loud bangers, and always late at night when I’ve just fallen asleep! I’ve never complained because it’s too petty, all the same I think it’s unnecessary.
      The Scout camp is hosting the village bonfire tonight so I think we should have a spectaular view of the firework display. We’re starting quite early because we have six little ones under five this year.

      We used to have a neighbourhood communal bonfire before we moved here, and as you say, innocent pleasures and no one came along to spoil it! Thank you Peter.

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  5. Thanks for all the info. I was always a bit confused between the 4th and the 5th, but I knew about the attempted murder! Yes, we do have mischief on Halloween here. Trick or treat is a threat, really. I remember more than once having to talk my brother out of some mean trick on Halloween (after someone had given us candy!!). Soaping windows (car or home) or messing with someone’s shed were among common tricks, including the sticky doorknob one!! Now, though, there’s much less of that because it’s mostly small children or parties, rather than roaming gangs of 12 year olds.

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    1. I didnโ€™t realise that mischief making was part of Halloween over with you. I always expected every one to have treats and people being sweet and nice on Halloween as in the films Iโ€™ve watched! Thank you very much for reading and for your comments theyโ€™re appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Love this! Good job! and a great history lesson for me, done in my learning-style! Ha! Learning with the use of cartoons and pictures is always fun! ๐Ÿ™‚
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…Some have said “Mischief” is my middle name! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜›

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    1. Funny how our teaching style sticks with us. For a few years I taught History and RE in Keystage One. At the time, decent resources were few and far between. So I set about creating PowerPoint slides, then I commissioned daughter Sophie to draw simple characters for each slide. I ended up with a great library of PowerPoint stories for use on the large Whiteboard that were designed to appeal to five to seven-year-olds.

      That’s when Mouse made his first appearance. He was the Harvest Mouse who explained about the food we eat and what happens at Harvest time. He had identical cousins, the Church Mouse and the Synagogue Mouse, they became the guides who showed us around the buildings. Ah, fun times!

      I’m glad you enjoyed this one, they’ve had a busy week so I think it’s time they had a rest.

      Thank you for your lovely comments, Carolyn! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I’ve taught all ages, including adults, but for many years I taught 3-6 year olds. So I say I teach AND learn like that age group…using all of my senses helps me learn best. ๐Ÿ™‚
        The adults I taught liked my teaching style because I was not strictly a lecturer. I think strict lecturing can be boring.
        You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚
        HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Oops…that when too soon! I meant to say that those little ones were always my favourite. Thank you Carolyn ๐Ÿ˜Š


  7. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2019 and commented:
    A popular symbol of protest today, Guy (Guido) Fawkes was first the face of treason because of his role in the murderous plot to blow up the British parliament in 1605. My partner reveals all in her latest blog article.

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