In the time of wide lapels, enormous cars, and disco music that we fondly call the 1970s, going to school on Halloween without wearing your costume was about the biggest faux pas a kid could commit. And the only night more exciting than Halloween was the night before Halloween, which we called Mischief Night—an evening dedicated to hanging toilet paper from the neighbors’ trees, among other forms of… Well… Mischief.
A Mischief Night conversation with a parent went something like this:
Parent: Where are you going with that roll of toilet paper?
Child: It’s Mischief Night.
Parent: Okay. Be good.
Of course, it’s 2013 now, and we all know how the 1970s worked out. Mischief Night disappeared along with shag carpeting, 8-track tapes, and macramé, probably for the best. And by now, a lot of schools no longer allow students to wear their Halloween costumes. Dressing up in funny hats or funny socks or pajamas is reserved for a school’s spirit week. And no, not the school’s haunting spirit. Its rah-rah-sis-boom-bah spirit.
Does your school have Halloween celebrations? Or do you have a costumeless fall celebration? And would a classroom full of students dressed in their Halloween splendor be any different than a classroom full of students in funny hats?