Since as far back as 1790, ‘Mischief Night’ has been a right of passage or an opportunity to prove one’s worthiness for a certain social status. You may think egging a car or throwing toilet paper at someone’s house is a harmless prank, but participating in “Mischief Night” is not only a dangerous activity; it can land some teens in the back of a sheriff’s car.
For the most part, Halloween is an enjoyable evening with fun and safe activities for all ages. Still, it is important to remember that not everyone follows the code of honor. So, what do you do if your car gets egged on ‘Mischief Night’?
- Plan Ahead. If you know about this evening ahead of time, try to plan for your car to be in the garage. It may also be wise to put extra security lights, or a camera, outside to deter vandals.
- Take Action Quickly. If your vehicle gets egged at night, it might be hard to take action before it dries. However, if you can, use a pressure washer on a low setting or a sprinkler to wash the egg away. If it does dry, soak it with a specialty soap designed for car detailing before wiping it off with a microfiber cloth.
- Seek Out A Professional. Having your car egged can be costly, not just to the vandals involved, but to you. If the egg has unfortunately dried on your vehicle, the best thing you can do is take it to a professional automotive detailer. A detailer will use a soft detergent and will know how to best protect the paint underneath the yolk (if possible).
A Note on Carwashes: While it might sound logical to take your vehicle through a carwash after your car has been egged, it may not remove all of the egg residues. Egg yolks contain chemicals that require special attention and specific soaps. You can find more tips about what to do if your car gets egged here.