Devil’s Night, stemmed from the European tradition of Mischief Night. Mischief Night can be traced back to Britain — where it is a reference to the day before May Day, a celebration for the return of spring.
Much like Devil’s Night in Detroit, Mischief Night in Europe was marked with pranks committed by youth. Mischief Night made its way to the U.S. during the 1930s and 1940s, when cities across the country started experiencing a higher number of pranks and vandalism on October 30, the night before Halloween.
Some historians even cite the rise of the Devil’s Night mischief to Black Tuesday on October 29, 1929 — when the U.S. stock market crashed, causing the Great Depression. Tensions of war and extreme poverty could have caused an escalation in the number of incidents… read more >