Boston Pope Night Carts


Pope Night




Summons demonic figures


Causes people nearby to suffer

Collected by

Warehouse 11


Holiday Section





Date of Collection

November 9, 1802



Guy Fawkes Day, more commonly referred to as Pope Night in the American colonies, celebrated the foiling of a 1605 plot to blow up Parliament and the king in Britain. Young men and older boys constructed a wagon that displayed moving effigies of the Pope, the Stuart Pretender, various devils, and political enemies—basically a parade float. The youths dressed up in various ways: as devils, in tall pointed caps, some as women. They paraded through town to collect money from various homeowners and finished the night with an informal outdoor banquet and a bonfire of all but the most valuable pieces of their floats.

In Boston, however, there was a big difference, as the city was large enough to form two large groups of young men and teenagers (over 4,000 young men according to the 1765 census). As a result, a rivalry and violence occurred. There was always an inevitable battle between supporters of the crown and leaders of independence movements. As a result of one clash, a young Bostonian boy suffered fatal injuries in 1764.

A history of Pope Night in Boston can be read here.


When separated, demon-like figures manifest and torture people in the surrounding areas. The figures try to find a person to reconnect the carts with each other, during which they will gain a brief surge in power and then deactivate.