What to Do if Your Car is Pranked This Halloween

Halloween is a time for fun and candy, but for some, it's also a time for pranks. The night before Halloween in particular is often celebrated as a pranking "holiday" that goes by many names—in some parts of the country it is called Mischief Night, Devil's Night, or Cabbage Night. In Maryland, we call it Moving Night.

A rotten egg by any other name would smell as foul. Whatever you call it, October 30th and 31st are dangerous for your home and car. What should you do if you find your car has been pranked?

Prepare to make an insurance claim

Most common pranking messes will wash off your car, but if your car is covered in silly string, eggs, and shaving cream, it may be hiding more serious damage underneath. Take pictures of your vehicle in case you need to make an insurance claim.

Cleaning up Halloween pranks

  1. Rinse off as much as you can with a hose as soon as possible. Eggs, silly string, and shaving cream all come off easily when they're fresh, but become a major pain if allowed to dry.
  2. Wash your car with your usual soap and washing mitt.
  3. There may be residue left on your car. Do not pick at it with your fingers or scrub with an abrasive brush – you may scratch the paint.
  4. Use a detailing clay to remove residue stuck to the paint.
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