goosey night

goosey night n Also sp goosie night NJ Cf cabbage night n

The night before Halloween.

1977–78 Foster Lexical Variation 76 NJ, In Passaic County and adjacent portions of Bergen, Morris, and Essex, Goosie Night is the usual name [for the night before Halloween]. The origin of this name is also obscure. 1980 MJLF 6.21, When I was a child, the night before Halloween was always known as “mischief night” throughout New Jersey. . . In our household, though, the occasion was always called goosey night. 1984 DARE File cnNJ, Goosey Night is the night before Halloween.