by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff
October 30th has long been known as “Mischief Night,” where young people often coat houses and nearby trees with toilet paper or soap car windows.
Transportation inconvenience seems to be a popular theme for mischief, at least as far back as the Nineteenth Century. The November 5th, 1891 edition of the Delaware Gazette and State Journal details of an incident on the Newport turnpike where, presumably, several youths removed a section of farm fencing as well as a portion of a corn row and moved the items from the side of the road to the road itself, creating a barricade. The final touch was to set fire to the top of the corn used in the barricade.
Presumably, the first person to come across the barricade had to “alight and remove the obstruction.”