As Halloween approaches in October, 1935, the community decides to put on a Halloween carnival and pageant at the high school. The decision to do so is based on an elaborate practical joke that was played on the Barber sisters the previous year. In an effort to keep the youngsters from playing tricks on Halloween, the community decides to give the kids of Maycomb a treat.
Apparently, children of the community got tired of hearing from Miss Tutti and Miss Frutti Barber about their wonderful and only basement in town; so, they moved the sisters' furniture into said basement. The deaf sisters vowed that they heard the burglars during the middle of the night and demanded that Sheriff Tate call out the dogs to search for their missing furniture. When the furniture was found in their basement without any suspects, the community realized it was not a burglary, but a big prank. Scout explains the rest as follows:
"So the Maycomb ladies said things would be different this year. The high school auditorium would open, there would b a pageant for the grown-ups; apple-bobbing, taffy-pulling, pinning the tail on the donkey for the children. There would also be a prize of twenty-five cents for the best Halloween costume, created by the wearer" (252).