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Glen Rock Institutes 'Mischief Night' Curfew

No curfew has been declared for Halloween though the borough is hoping people stay indoors.

With what could be an vicious storm making landfall early next week and disturbing reports of child luring attempts in the county of late, the Glen Rock Mayor and Council have decided to institute an 8 p.m. curfew on All Hallow's Eve.

Glen Rock Police Cpt. Jonathan Miller said Thursday that the borough will be instituting an 8 p.m. curfew on what is colloquially known as "Goosey Night" or "Cabage Night" or "Mischief Night," Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Those under the age of 18 are not allowed to roam around the streets after 8 p.m., Councilman Art Pazan said Thursday.

The recommendation came from Glen Rock Police Chief Frederick Stahman.

"It has to do with the luring incidents" reported throughout the county in recent weeks, Stahman said Friday morning. 

Although the borough will not be expressly enforcing a curfew on Halloween, officials are discouraging people from venturing out past 8 p.m., Miller told Patch. Police recommend that parents be with their children or know where they're going and whom they're with.

There will be a zero-tolerance policy on mischief as well, according to police.

"The deliberate destruction of someone else's property is a criminal offense on any night of the year and will be treated as such," the borough wrote in an e-mail sent to residents. "The Glen Rock Police Department is taking a proactive approach to address these serious issues and encourages parents to do the same. While the Glen Rock Police Department will have extra patrols out on both nights, there is no substitute for a parent's vigilant gaze." 

"We're asking everyone to cooperate, to be inside by 8 p.m," Stahman said. "I'm sure we're not going to get everybody but we'll do the best we can."

Public Safety Chair Michael O'Hagan said the mayor and council thought there were compelling safety reasons to institute a curfew on Tuesday.

"We're [also] looking at some potentially really bad weather from the hurricane," O'Hagan said. "We're just trying to make sure people stay safe."

The hurricane is expected to hit the Bergen County-area late Sunday, according to an advisory issued by the county’s emergency management office. It could bring with it significant rain, wind and waves, forecasters have said.

A curfew on the night before Halloween due to weather concerns is nothing new in the borough. A 5 p.m. curfew for those under the age of 18 was issued for Goosey Night in 2011 due to the snowstorm.

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Irene Talerico October 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM
The night before Halloween was known as "Cabbage Night" in Ridgewood in the 50's, 60's and 70's. Anyone know when it changed to "Goosey Night?" Change it back!
James Kleimann October 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I was born in 1986 and growing up in Wyckoff we called it "Goosey Night." I suppose it depends where you're from and when you were young. Frankly, I prefer "Goosey Night" to "Cabbage Night." What does cabbage have to do with anything? Also, I think cabbage is pretty unappealing.
No One October 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM
All the cool kids call it mischief night now.
Irene Talerico October 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM
James, we never knew what Cabbage meant either, but we went with it. Although, I don't understand the term Goosey either! :)
Danny October 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM
wtf is goosey night. that sounds stupid.
Patricia October 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM
No--keep the tradition! It will always be Cabbage Night to me!
James Kleimann October 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I'm willing to accept "Goosey" or "Mischief" nights. Mischief Night seems to make the most sense in terms of literal meanings. I have no idea what "Goosey" means and even less, "cabbage." Cabbage? That's just silly.
AMAMOM October 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Chiming in for Ridgewood in the 80's ----- Cabbage Night. Always will be for me. No matter whether or not it makes sense. Hey, we are the Maroons - what the heck is a Maroon? We don't care if it makes sense or not here in Ridgewood as long as it's a tradition!
Elizabeth Cox October 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
growing up in glen Rock- it is known as Goosey Night- not Mischeif night- we did not destroy things we chased each other around- usually meeting up on Hamilton with anything you could squirt. mustard, whip cream etc... sometimes a cracked egg on your head!
Chris421 October 26, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I'm from Rockland and we always called it Gate Night. I never heard it called anything else until I moved here. And where I am from is only 15 minutes away...interesting.
James Kleimann October 26, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Gate Night? Whaaaa? I find this whole discussion very strange.
Patricia October 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Exactly, Amamom--What IS a Maroon? And when did that expression start?
Oliver Train October 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I was born in the 60's, and it's always been mischief night to me. It's also always been my birthday.
JAFO October 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
GR in the 70's and 80's was Goosey Night.
USAUSA October 26, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Cabbage Night all the way baby and always will be to me...goosey night is ummmm well rather not say it...
Kristen October 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I grew up in Glen Rock and we always called it Goosey Night. This "Mischief Night" stuff is very disappointing.
Steve R October 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Try googling "Cabbage Night", and you'll find that this is a tradition that exclusive to the Bergen/Rockland/Passaic county areas. It was pretty wild when I was a kid, but I suspect kids today are too lame to do what we did...
thetentman October 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Cabbage Night in Woodcliff Lake. It was anarchy in the 70's. The Police would have cruisers on both ends of our street. Cabbage Night is because harvested cabbages and pumpkins were available to throw or smash in great amounts.
Patricia October 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM
That makes sense, tentman. Now--when did this Maroon thing start?
Richard Walsh October 27, 2012 at 02:12 AM
More of our freedom being stripped away

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