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How to Celebrate Mischief Night with Halloween Pranks

The night before Halloween is a great time for Halloween pranks. Just make sure it's all in good fun.


  • Step 1: Annoy the neighborhood grouch Annoy the neighborhood grouch -- you know, the one who turns off all their lights on Halloween to avoid giving out candy -- by lavishly decorating their property so they attract hordes of trick-or-treaters.
  • Step 2: Play invisible string Head to a heavily trafficked walkway with a friend and take up positions opposite each other. Squat down and pretend you’re holding a string between you. Enjoy watching everyone lift their legs dramatically to avoid getting tangled up -- in nothing.
  • TIP: TIP Post "GET YOUR BEST CANDY HERE" signs on nearby trees and signposts, pointing to their house.
  • Step 3: Send a scary message Write a menacing message on someone's bathroom mirror with your finger, breathe on it, and then let it dry naturally. The next person to shower will see the message when the mirror fogs up -- hopefully eliciting more screams than a horror movie. Happy Mischief Night, and enjoy those Halloween pranks!
  • Step 4: Perplex people Go to a parking lot and slip a note under people’s windshield wipers that reads: "I'm sorry I hit your car." Enjoy the show as drivers circle their cars again and again looking for damage.
  • Step 5: Scare as a scarecrow Dress up in the costume of your choice and sit outside your home like a harmless lawn decoration. When early-bird trick-or-treaters walk up, spring to life and scare the bejesus out of them.
  • FACT: In some parts of the United States, October 30 is called "Cabbage Night" because throwing rotten heads of cabbage or smearing them on windows was once a common practice.
  • TIP: Place a carved, hollowed-out pumpkin over your head to help hide your face.

You Will Need

  • Paper and pen
  • Halloween decorations
  • Costume
  • Partner in crime
  • Poster paper (optional)
  • Pumpkin (optional)

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