Oct 30

Mischief Night

Hot Devil
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Thomas Theodor Heine, German, ca. 1896–1897
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"A dimple on the chin, the devil within." ~ Scottish proverb

Mischief Night, also sometimes known as Devil's Eve or Devil's Night is an informal holiday in which historically, children and teens engage in pranks and minor devilment, and is commonly held the night before Halloween - a night for tricks instead of treats. 

In the past in the United States, this holiday was mostly an East Coast or North East phenomenon and included children ringing false alarms, ringing doorbells and leaving before someone answers, stealing gates, setting fires, breaking windows, and doing their best to annoy people.  

Instead of an evening of mischief, thoughts of devilment can be turned culinary ones!  The hot and spicy often merit a nod to the heat of the devil's domicile.   

Deviled eggs, which requires "deviling" or mixing the cooked yolk with mustards and spices and replacing the filling in the cooked egg white, are a classic party food.  


Devil's Food Cake (a 1930s invention and its newest incarnation, Red Devil's Food Cake - a cross between the classic chocolate and a Red Velvet Cake) is an exception to this rule and invented as a counterpart to the light and airy Angel's Food Cake.


Click the vintage German magazine cover showing the devil running 'awa' with a lady in a bit of tartan,  for a beautifully illustrated recipe for spicy Deviled Scotch Eggs.   

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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