What do you call the night before Halloween? This is one of those questions that rarely comes up, but when it does, it can be something of a controversy. Everyone I knew growing up called it Cabbage Night. I had no idea it could even be called anything else until my freshman year of college. One second we’re having a casual conversation about Halloween, and the next second everyone is staring at me because the words “Cabbage Night” just came out of my mouth. “What’s wrong with you? Do you guys throw cabbages?” To answer both questions: A) I have so, so many ideas as to what’s wrong with me, but the simple answer is lots. And B) no, we don’t do anything with cabbages.
Everyone else called it Mischief Night or Goosey Night (what, do you guys throw geese or something) and thought Cabbage Night was the funniest thing they had ever heard. Later in the semester, my friends bought me an actual cabbage and left it on my pillow. Because they’re hilarious.
Cabbage Night being a ridiculous name kept coming up throughout college, so at some point I looked it up. Behold – statistics about this exist! Below is a screenshot, but go here for the interactive map: http://www.tekstlab.uio.no/cambridge_survey/maps/350. Looks like most people don’t call Cabbage Night anything at all!
I’d like to mention that I have since met friends who also grew up calling tonight Cabbage Night. Together we are stronger than the storm!