Introduction: In this article, Mary Harrell-Sesniak searches old newspapers to find Halloween jokes that made our ancestors chuckle. Mary is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background.
Just for fun, here are a few jokes to celebrate Halloween I found in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives.
See if you can guess the answers to these Halloween jokes – then read the rest of this article, where newspaper clippings provide the answers.
|(1846) Why is a grave-yard like a counter?|
|(1865) Why is a spider a good correspondent?|
|(1871) Why is a coffin like an axe with a dull edge?|
|(1872) Why do carpenters charge more for coffins than for tables and chairs?|
|(1885) Why is a ghost up a tree like a man eating his dinner?|| |
|(1899) Why is a grave-digger like a waterman?|
|(1900) Why is a ghost like a muffin?|
Q: Why is a grave-yard like a counter?
A: Because it’s the place where you must “down with your dust [money, or gold dust].”
Q: Why is a spider a good correspondent?
A: Because he drops a line by every post.
Q: Why is a coffin like an axe with a dull edge?
A: Because it has to be ground before it is used.
Q: Why do carpenters charge more for coffins than chairs and tables?
A: “Because people won’t bring coffins back to us to be repaired.”
Q: Why is a ghost up a tree like a man eating his dinner?
A: Because he’s a goblin up the hash [ash tree].
Q: Why is a grave-digger like a waterman?
A: He handles the skulls [sculling, i.e., rowing].
Q: Why is a ghost like a muffin?
A: They are both fancy bred (bread).
Hope everyone enjoys the fun day, but please be safe and remember: it can be a very boo-tiful day! Just don’t go goblin up too much of your kid’s candy!