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Old 10-30-2013, 09:25 PM
 
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NJ.com had a poll of what people call it. Most say Mischief Night. But in northern Bergen we always called it Goosey Night. We stocked up on eggs which could be stored in a shed since it was cold back then, shaving cream & toilet paper. Then we gathered in little gangs and bombed neighbors we didn't like, random houses & cars, a cop car if you were brave and each other at the end of the night. We ran from the cops who chased us half-heartedly.

Now nobody in my central NJ 'hood goes out on this night. It was something we little JD's looked forward to as much as Halloween itself.

It's a Jersey thing: N.J. may be the only state to call tonight 'mischief night' | NJ.com
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:34 PM
 
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They call it "Devil Night" in Detroit; fires are started and buildings burned down. Joisey, even the back in the day variety, is rather tame in comparison. Nowadays the stores won't sell eggs, toilet paper, and shaving cream to anyone under 18 in the days leading up to October 30. No point crouching in the bushes with my garden hose at the ready if the local "yoots" aren't going to make a move
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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NJ.com had a poll of what people call it. Most say Mischief Night. But in northern Bergen we always called it Goosey Night. We stocked up on eggs which could be stored in a shed since it was cold back then, shaving cream & toilet paper. Then we gathered in little gangs and bombed neighbors we didn't like, random houses & cars, a cop car if you were brave and each other at the end of the night. We ran from the cops who chased us half-heartedly.

Now nobody in my central NJ 'hood goes out on this night. It was something we little JD's looked forward to as much as Halloween itself.

It's a Jersey thing: N.J. may be the only state to call tonight 'mischief night' | NJ.com
Yes! It was Goosey Night in Midland Park. We did the same things as you. One year we had hooded sweatshirt pockets full of eggs and the cops reached out and squeezed our pockets and broke the eggs. What a mess. Lol.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:41 AM
 
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Goosey night? That's a new one to me. All I can picture is this...

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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When I was a kid, in Bayonne, in the '50s, the concept of Mischief Night was an unknown--at least in my neighborhood. In fact, I never heard of this phenomenon until I began working in Central NJ, in 1970.

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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When I was a kid, in Bayonne, in the '50s, the concept of Mischief Night was an unknown--at least in my neighborhood. In fact, I never heard of this phenomenon until I began working in Central NJ, in 1970.

It was a big deal in Bayonne when I was growing up in the 70's and 80's.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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It was a big deal in Bayonne when I was growing up in the 70's and 80's.
The passage of time may account for that difference, or it may have to do with the fact that I lived in St. Henry's Parish, and you probably lived in St. Mary's Parish.
The town itself has always had an insular nature, but years ago, each neighborhood/parish in Bayonne was a little island unto itself in many ways.

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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Goosey night FTW!
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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Now nobody in my central NJ 'hood goes out on this night. It was something we little JD's looked forward to as much as Halloween itself.
If present me caught the past me on one of these nights, I'd sklin me alive.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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Yes! It was Goosey Night in Midland Park. We did the same things as you. One year we had hooded sweatshirt pockets full of eggs and the cops reached out and squeezed our pockets and broke the eggs. What a mess. Lol.
Same thing happened to us. An undercover rolled up with his lights off and he smashed all our pockets with a nightstick.

Another year 5 of us bombed one house and the owner jumped out of the bushes and snagged a kid and took him in the house. Cops came & told him that it was like kidnapping & if he didn't want trouble he'd better let him go.
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