October 30: Mischief Night/Devil’s Night, National Candy Corn Day, Create a Great Funeral Day

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Mischief Night/Devil's Night

The "trick" part of trick or treat has been associated with Halloween for centuries. For many years Halloween was the night that everyone got a free pass to egg houses or turn over trash cans. But when the Great Depression hit, the mischief started becoming more and more serious, and parents began to fear for the safety of their young ones. As a result, Mischief Night was changed to Halloween Eve, to allow their children to trick or treat in safety.

Tonight is "Mischief Night, aka Devil's Night." The best way to celebrate is to be vigilant around your own home and property to ensure that no harm is directed your way. If you've got other plans, though, don't be surprised if you wake up on Halloween morning to a yard full of toilet-papered trees and find your meticulously-carved Jack-O-Lantern smashed in the street!

National Candy Corn Day

For many of us, candy corn is a pleasant reminder of our childhood. That overly sweet, pure sugar delight has been around since the 1880s, when the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia first produced it commercially. Since then, manufacturing methods have been improved, making mass production much faster and efficient. According to the National Confectioners Association, in 2001 roughly 8.3 billion kernels of candy corn were sold.

Today is "National Candy Corn Day" and you can celebrate by using this sugary sweet to whip up one of these creative confections from Yahoo! Shine.

Candy Corn Cake in a Jar

Deep-Fried Candy Corn

Create a Great Funeral Day

If you've ever had a parent, spouse or child pass away, you probably understand better than most the difficulties of planning a funeral during a time of extreme grief. That's why in 1999, Stephanie West Allen registered Oct. 30 as "Create a Great Funeral Day" with Chase's Calendar of Events.

The idea behind this unusual holiday is to plan your own funeral -- just the way you would like it -- before your final days are near. Doing so can lift a great burden from the loved ones you leave behind. You can even have fun with it, planning it with your loved ones so when the time comes, they can think back on that time as uplifting and comforting.

If you need inspiration, check out this fun article on Yahoo! News:

Buried in Doritos and Other Unusual Funerals

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