Mischief, Cabbage, or Goosey Night? Whatever you call it cops will step up patrols on October 30

Mike Montone
October 30, 2018 - 10:47 am
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HACKENSACK, NJ (1010 WINS) -- October 30 goes by a bunch of different names; Mischief Night, Cabbage Night, Goosey Night, and others.

The night before Halloween is known for all sorts of mayhem including people throwing eggs, spraying silly string, and smearing soap on cars.

The tradition dates back to 1790s England, NJ.com reports, even arson was permissible in some instances, as a way for people to 'blow off steam.'

There are a few theories as to how the night of trouble made its way to the U.S. Some say it bubbled up when pranksters needed a way to 'cut loose' during the Great Depression, others say it traveled here with immigrants from England who settled between Boston and Philadelphia.

Whatever you call it, the night is usually host to numerous acts of vandalism, some worse than others. In 1991, there were 133 fires set in Camden, and 2008 saw an online gang shooting hoax in Jersey City, while Paulsboro cops netted 22 arrests in 2007 -- suspects were between 15 and 53-years-old, and in 2013 vandals tagged a Lopatcong Township home with vulgar words and images.

In response, many local police departments have cracked down, setting curfews for those under the age of 18.