Knock Down Ginger
Knock Down Ginger and it's alternative named variations has been played since there were front doors to play it on. Usually carried out in the hours of darkness, the aim is to ring a doorbell or knock loudly on a door, as though very urgent, and run away as fast as possible.
To make this game even more exciting you can play variations such as after knocking you hide as close to the door as possible, in shrubs or behind a tree, behind the owners gate or just around the corner.
The test comes when you try a second time on the same door, giving the owner a few moments to settle down in front of their TV, the quicker you do this the more exciting it can be.
See also Knock'N'Run
The OriginsThe origin of knock down ginger came from council estates because all the doors were stained a ginger colour, hence knock down ginger. Posted by: richard hicks
Posted by Chris from Surrey - England
Knock on the door and stand in the garden as if you were gnomes and stay still, and the first person to run has to knock on the next door
Posted by Anon
Tie fishing line to the knocker run and hide and pull the line and watch the person come out then pull it again if you dare.
You can tie three knockers at a time and hide then pull so three doors knock at the same time.
Posted by Anon
And the perpetual motion version where you tie two knockers together and knock on the first door, when they close their door the other knocker knocks ad infinitum.
Posted by David - Essex
Tie cotton or fishing rope to a door knocker and hide behind the car or bush and pull about 15 times and they come to the door like "wtf" and your sitting there laughing your head off. and when they shut the door do it again!
Posted by: charlz
We used to know this game as "Red Apple" when we were growing up in the 80's in Walsall, West Midlands, UK
Posted by Lisa James
Ding Dong Ditch : (USA)
Knock and Nash : (Nash is north England slang for run)
Knock and Run
knock a door run
Nicky-Knicky Nine-Doors : (From Canada)
Nicky Knocky Hide Door
Thunder and Lightning
Knocky ido : Posted by Lee Horsman from Middlesborough
Rat-atat-Ginger : Posted by Andy Moore from Wales
Chap door Runaway : Posted by Phil Dawson from Scotland
klingelputz : Germany
Nick-nack : Cathal from Dublin
Belletje trek : (Flemish) Posted by: edmee boyen
Cotton knocking : Posted by: charlz
Knick Knock Nanny : Posted by: Tony
Postman's Knock : (Australian) Posted by: Catherine
Knock Knock Ginger
Red Apple : (Walsall, West Midlands, UK) Posted by Lisa James
Ring-a-bell-scoosh : Posted by Belinda
Knock off Ginger : (Hull) Posted by Pam