1984 : Devil’s Night in Detroit

October 31, 2021 all-day

For decades in Detroit, Halloween Eve was synonymous with fire.

Photographers from around the globe flocked to the city to witness what became known as Devil’s Night, the notorious tradition of setting fire to houses, buildings, carsm and dumpsters.

Between 1979 and 2010, more than 100 fires broke out each year. The worst year was 1984, when firefighters responded to more than 800 blazes that covered the entire city in an eerie, smoky haze on Halloween morning.

On October 31, 1984, a combined 810 structure fires were reported in the city of Detroit for the three-day period between Oct. 29-31, marking the highest number of “Devil’s Night” blazes in the city’s history, according to the Detroit Firefighters Association.

Sources :

Steve Neavling, “Decades-long Devil’s Night is dead in Detroit, with fires disappearing on Halloween Eve“, Metro Times, October 31, 2019.

MIRS Capitol Capsule, October 31, 2019