A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 19, 2016
“What do ghosts eat for lunch?"/"Spookghetti.”

A Halloween joke on spaghetti is:

Q; What do ghosts eat for lunch?
A:Spookghetti.


“Spooketti” was cited in print in 1935. “What do ghosts eat for dinner? Spookghetti” was cited in 1968.

“What do ghosts eat for breakfast?"/"Dreaded wheat,” “What do ghosts eat for breakfast?"/"Ghost Toasties,” “What do ghosts eat for breakfast?"/"Scream of Wheat,” “What do ghosts eat for lunch?"/"Boo-logna sandwiches,” “What do ghosts eat for dinner?"/"Ghoulash” and “What do ghosts eat for dessert?"/"I scream” are related Halloween riddles.


29 October 1935, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “Tri-State Club Notes “ by Bob Culligan, pg. 33, col. 1:
At 12 o’clock midnight at “Tomb Town Tea Tavern,” a lunch will be served and on the evening’s menu will be the following: “Spooketti,” dry bones with gravey, and delicious “dead beets.”

31 March 1968, Indianapolis (IN) Star, “Riddle Box,” sec. 7, pg. 4, col. 6:
What do ghosts eat for dinner?
Spookghetti.

24 December 1973, Colorado Springs (CO) Gazette Telegraph, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. What do ghosts eat for dinner?
A. Spooketti.
by Glenn Waller, 3701 Windflower

16 March 1974, Indiana (PA) Evening Gazette, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. What do ghosts have for dinner?
A. Spooketti.
Ruth Ann Kelly—Saltaburg

9 March 1975, The SUn-Herald (Sydney, Australia), “Riddles,” Comic Sec., pg. 7, col. 5:
Q. What id a ghost’s favourite food?
A. Spook ghetti.

29 August 1982, Newsday (Long Island, NY), Kidsday, pg. H9, col. 3:
What kind of food do ghosts eat?
Spooketti.
-- Patti Fatta, Levittown

27 October, 1982, Boston (MA) Globe, “Kids’ Cooking: A few tricks produce a lot of treats for Halloween Give your party some punch” by Susan Manlin Katzman, pg. S37, col. 1:
Spook-ghetti, ghoul-ash, or ghost beef and grave-y are just the things to make most people say that you are “the ghost -ess with the mostest!”

Google Books
Laughs, Hoots and Giggles
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrated by Joyce Behr and Sanford Hoffman
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1984
What’s a ghost’s favorite food?
Spookghetti.

Google Books
Kids’ Funniest Jokes
Edited by Sheila Anne Barry
Illustrated by Jeff Sinclair
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1993
Pg. 69:
What do ghosts eat for dinner?
Spook-etti.
SHAWN DALY, 8

Google Groups: alt.creative.writing
What does a ghost eat?
omjaram
10/21/04
(...)
I know you won’t be able to resist goblin up this full-corpse meal. Bone appetit!:

Grains
Ghost Toasties
Scream of Wheat
Pentagram Crackers with Poisonbury Jam
Brain Muffins

Entrees
Hungarian Ghoul Ash
Frank ‘n’ Stein
Stake Sandwitch
Halloweenie
Grave-y
Littleneck Clams
Black Catfish
Warlocks and Bagels, with Scream Cheese

Side Dishes
Spook-ghetti
Deviled Eggs
Artichokes
Skullions
Scarrots
Ghost Liver Pate

Fruits
Adam’s Apples
Nectarines

Desserts
I Scream
Boobury Pie
Boo Meringue
Ghoul Whip
Terrormisu
Ladyfingers
Ghoulda Cheese
Monster Cheese

Beverages
Ghoul Ade
Coffin with Scream
Zombie
Apple Spider

Google Books
Penguin Pocket Jokes
By David Pickering
New York, NY: Penguin Books
2006
Pg. ?:
What do ghosts eat for breakfast?
Dreaded wheat.

What do ghosts eat for lunch?
Spooketti.

What do ghosts eat for dinner?
Ghoulash.

Twitter
Vicky Charles
‏@SingleMAhoy
what do ghosts eat?..... spookghetti! Genius!
3:02 AM - 22 Feb 2009

Twitter
❤️ FizzyDuck ❤️
‏@FizzyDuck
What does a ghost eat for dinner?Spooketti!
12:41 PM - 25 May 2009

Twitter
Kate Marshall
‏@marshallbooks
What’s a ghost’s favorite meal? Spookghetti and booberry pie.
8:57 AM - 25 Oct 2009

Twitter
jrb
‏@jrb
Q: What do ghosts eat?
A: either Ghoulash, or Spookghetti
#crackerjokes
5:53 AM - 31 Dec 2010

Google Books
The Funniest Spooky Joke Book Ever
By Joe King
London: Anderson Press
2011
Pg. ?:
What do ghosts eat for breakfast?
Dreaded wheat

What do ghosts drink at breakfast?
Coffee with scream and sugar.

What do ghosts eat for lunch?
Ghoulash

What do ghosts eat for dinner?
Spook-ghetti

Google Books
The Super, Epic, Mega Joke Book for Kids
By Whee Winn
Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz
2016
Pg. ?:
What do ghosts eat for supper?
Spooketti.

Posted by Barry Popik
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