Whether You Call It Mischief, Cabbage, or Goosey Night, Here’s The Story Of A New Jersey Tradition

I spent every October 30th in New Jersey for decades until one year when I decided to visit family out of state for Halloween. I asked my hospitable hosts if my car would be safe. From what? Silly string, toilet paper, or worse…eggs. Following a few strange looks, I learned that Mischief Night is a Jersey thing.

In recent years, cops have cracked down on the tradition and kids are more interested in online mischief. I remember growing up and seeing toilet paper all over town. Now, it’s just a few trees. Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing? Did you celebrate Mischief Night growing up? What did you call it? Share your stories and thoughts in the comments.