Halloween has been celebrated in the US since the 19th century, thanks to Irish and Scottish immigrants who have adopted their All Hallows & # 39; Eve traditions. It is therefore not surprising that more and more American words have been spoken throughout the holidays, including these 18 spooky regionalisms that we have compiled in our continued partnership with the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE).
. 1 Holly Eve
In Arkansas or Missouri in the 1930s, in West Virginia in the 1940s, or in Pennsylvania in the 1950s, you may have referred to Halloween as Holly Eve . Therefore, says DARE, a Holly Eve-er is "one who runs out on Halloween."
2. Poke of Moonshine
Another name for the lantern, at least in the 1
. 3 False Face
The term False Face dates back to the late 18th century, according to DARE, meaning a mask in general, and in the early 1900s was specifically referred to a Halloween mask. A 1911 ad in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (19459007) said: "Halloween Masks (19459007) – We have the wrong face you want for Tuesday night, grotesque and funny.
The term seems to have been popular at D in the 1940s and 50s are quotes from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas. One individual states that her grandmother, who was born in New York City in the 1880s, used "false face" (emphasis on "false") as her usual word for "Halloween mask" while the mask "did not did have to be worn specially on or for Halloween … it had to cover the whole face. "
4th and 5th Help the Poor / Soap or Eats
During Trick or Treat the norm for Sweet-begging may have also been heard in the 1930s and 40s in Detroit Helping the Poor In parts of California, Ohio and Minnesota, the candy call was possibly soap or eats or Soap or Flour According to a Wisconsin resident, soap is related to "soaping windows" when no goodies are offered.
6th Penny Night
Another sweet or sour alternative is Pen ny Night at least in southwest Ohio. The term also refers to the Halloween celebration itself. We're not sure what pennies are all about, except as a substitute for sweets.
. 7 Beggar Night
Parts of the North and North Midlands – particularly Ohio and Iowa – call Halloween the way it is: Begging Night . "Bedtime, how about a bite?" You may have heard in the state of Buckeye. Bettleracht could be celebrated on "one or more days" the week before Halloween, much to the annoyance of some of those named in DARE. From a 1936 issue of the Piqua Daily Call in Ohio, "If the children organize and select a specific date for their begging night, we could prepare for the onslaught."
An Ohio locals said that they had been begging on October 30 and said, "Please help the poor," while saying on Halloween, "Trick or treat." The same practice happened on Thanksgiving Day, as New Hampshire indicates. Massachusetts and New York City.
. 8 Devil's Night
As a resident of Michigan, you may have called the night before Halloween Devil's Night where children, according to quotes in DARE, destroy and set fire to abandoned buildings. In 1995, Detroit Devil's Night called Angel's Night again, a community-led event where tens of thousands of volunteers help "patrol and patrol the streets during the days leading up to Halloween."
. 9 Mischief Night
For the New Jerseyers, Halloween was always Mischief Night where one might expect to get TPd, egged or sprayed. Additional activities could include ringing the door, removing the gate (hence Night Gate in some parts of the Northeast), soaping car windows, stealing pumpkins, and moving porch furniture.
England, Mischief Night refers to the petting evenings on April 30 (May 1), October 30, or November 4, the night before Guy Fawkes Day. The Oxford English Dictionary quotes the term earliest from the year 1830, the DARE dictionary dates back to 1977. It is not clear when exactly the meaning of mischief for New Jersey / Southeastern Pennsylvania arose. The earliest record we could find dates back to 1947 in the article "Passaic takes the nonsense out of mischief".
A variation of Misfortune Night could be Mystery Night which was witnessed in Essex and northern Middlesex counties as well as other parts of North and Central Jersey.
10th and 11. Goosey Night / Picket Night
Garden State's alternatives to Mischief Night are Goosey Night and Picket Night . While the night of the pickets may be due to "the custom of making noise by passing a stick along a picket fence," Lexical Variation in New Jersey by Robert Foster, it is unclear where the Night of the Sting came from comes. If we had to guess, maybe from goose which means to nudge or scare.
In some northern parts of the US, the 30th of October is known as the "Cabbage Night ," according to DARE, "Young people throw cabbages and refuse to eat on the terraces of people and play other tricks. Why cabbage? It may have something to do with an old Scottish tradition in which young women pull cabbages to inspect their stems. The thickness of the stems allegedly predicted whether their future husbands would be thin or fat. Then, inexplicably, they flung the vegetables into the neighbors' homes.
. 13 Clothesline Night
In parts of Vermont in the 1950s, clotheslines were apparently the victim of much TP & # 39; ing on Halloween Eve. Therefore, clothesline night .
fourteenth and 15th May Night / Doorbell Night
Maize was the project of choice in Ohio in the late 1930s. One resident recalled the custom of celebrating the night before Halloween by throwing "dried, husked corn" on the porches. In other parts of the state of Buckeye, ringing and running is favored in the so-called Doorbell Night .
sixteenth Light Night
Over in New York, mischief-makers threw "stones at bleak streetlamps," says a resident – hence Light Night .
17th Moving Night
After a violent moving night in Baltimore you may find everything that is not nailed down – including gates, flowerpots, and porch furniture – to a neighboring courtyard, down the block, or even further to the next block.
18th Ticktack Night
The equivalent of the Kohlnachts equivalent in regions like Iowa, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Ticktack are various "homemade noisemakers who knock on a window or door as a prank or make other annoying noises", especially on Halloween, as well as the prank itself. In parts of Ohio, one resident said to be the Tick-tick noises from the sound of corn being thrown at windows.
According to Foster's Lexical Variation in New Jersey "Mercer County is the home of Tick Tack Night", where the name is sometimes interpreted as "Tic Tac Toe Night" and some jokes believed it to be "prompted To draw Tic Tac Toe diagrams on houses and paths ".