Halloween is dawning - they even mark it in Russia these days, or the young do so in the major citites at least. It's that globalised. I grew up in the seventies in the Northwest of England. My memory of that time is that Halloween was known about but was far from being the commecialised party event that it has since become. What we did have instead was Mischief Night - at least in the North we did. I am vague about dates but I recall Mischief Night as being somewhere near Halloween (Wikipedia puts it at 4th November, which doesn't sit with me somehow). It was a big event, known about on a folk level (I don't think the media promoted it and I can't believe our parents would have told us about it!) in which kids, really young kids, were given licence to run riot for the night. I have spoken to southerners who have no memory of it, so it belongs to - at the very least - the north of Crewe. Looking back on it ( and of course, it's a reinterpreted memory we're talking about here) I feel vaguely shocked at the fact that we were allowed to get a way with what we did. I recall ringing door bells and scarpering, nicking people'sgates and even someone sticking `bangers` in people's exhaust pipes - and generally seriously winding up older people. (I suppose it was `trick or treat` minus the request, or expectation, of any treat). As for Halloween: yeah we sort of marked it with apple bobbing and I recall holding and (to my shame) dropping) a jack-o-lantern - made out of a turnip (I don't think I'd seen a real live pumpkin intil the late eighties at least!) But Mischief Night was the big event. Do other's memories tally with this?