Copyright Katherine Snowe 2014
A long time lover of all things Halloween, this is one of my favorite times of the year. Halloween is the one time of year you can [legitimately] dress up and pretend to be someone else, be it spooky, sassy, sexy or spectral!
The origins of Mischief Night seem to date back to 16th century Britain and Ireland. As centuries passed, Mischief Night saw many transformations and the night, and its shenanigans as we know them now, bear little resemblance to the days of old.
According to my research, Mischief Night is also known as Hell Night, Cabbage Night, Gate Night, Mizzy Night, Miggy Night, Egg Nyte and Devil’s Night, and any/all of them annual traditions in parts of England, Canada and the U.S.
The most familiar date for Mischief Night in the U.S. is October 30th, the day before Halloween. However, traditionally Mischief Night in Britain is November 4th, the night before Bonfire Night. This is the night, in 1605, that Guy Fawkes was caught trying to blow up the House of Lords.
October has seen its fair share of Halloween related blogs, including eloquent musings of all things that go bump in the night, folklore and even tasty recipes.
Halloween is steeped in traditions, old and new. I’ve always loved traditions, especially creating new ones. Mischief Night is typically a night for stirring up mischief, but mischief comes in so many guises – and given I write erotica, I found myself pondering all sorts of mischievous thoughts.
Passion. Desire. Romance. If you ask me, any one of those, or a combination thereof, would make the perfect treat.
We all have hectic, stressful lives to varying degrees, but when was the last time you were a little naughty with your partner? Or yourself for that matter?
That’s my challenge to you. Join me in starting a new tradition – ‘stir up a little MISCHIEF toNIGHT’ – give yourself permission to be a little mischievous.
Whether you’re moved by a whipped cream inspired nibble on the neck; have the urge to send a sexy text guaranteed to stir something up; serve up a decadent treat in bed (or anywhere else, for that matter); read a sexy bedtime story out loud; or engage in a little Halloween-inspired role playing of your own – the outcome will surely be a treat!
Another thought … why limit yourself to one night a year? Why not set your own Mischief Night date once a month – one night (even if it’s just an hour or two) where you can step out of your own skin and be whoever or whatever you want for a little while?
Need a little inspiration? Check out some of my favorite sites …