A rapid knocking at the front door, as of a visitor urgently demanding my attention. Opening the door I see no one, but the sound of running footsteps and trills of childish laughter tell me all I need to know. The game of gingerbread is alive and well in Portsmouth in the year 2007, although whether it is still known by that name is a moot point.
We played it ourselves as children, in the 1950s in England, under the name of gingerbread. I see from a quick google that it is known in some parts as Knock-A-Door-Run, witness the Anti Knock-A-Door-Run device described on this Half-Bakery page; a comment there from a ‘Dr Bob’ indicates that he knew the game as gingerbread, another correspondent calls it knock-down-ginger.
Nothing relevant in the OED under gingerbread. Any idea how old the term is, whether there’s a US/British divide in terminology, etc?