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 17, 2016
“What would you find on a haunted beach?"/"A sand witch.”

The word “sandwich” is often spelled “sand witch” --especially around Halloween. “A sand witch—a pretty girl in bathing costume” was printed in many newspapers in May 1883. “Why is a sorceress at the beach like a school lunch? Because she is a sand witch (sandwich)” was printed in 1947. “BATHING BEAUTY. A sand witch” was published in Leonard L. Levinson’s “Webster’s Unafraid Dictionary” in 1969.

A 1996 Halloween joke list included:

Q: What would you find on a haunted beach?
A: A sand witch. 


“I asked my caddie for a sand wedge” is a golf “sandwich” joke. “Why does no one starve in a desert? Because of all the sand which is there” is a desert “sandwich” joke.


Chronicling America
18 May 1883, Burlington (VT) Free Press, “Our Kaleidoscope,” pg. 3, col. 7:
A sand witch—a pretty girl in bathing costume.

30 March 1847, Waterloo (IA) Sunday Courier, “Riddles,” pg. 38, cols. 5-7:
Why is a sorceress at the beach like a school lunch?
Because she is a sand witch (sandwich).

26 March 1969, The Evening Sun (Hanover, PA), “Man With A Gentle Madness” by Jim Bishop, pg. 4, col. 1:
BATHING BEAUTY. A sand witch.
From Leonard L. Levinson’s “Webster’s Unafraid Dictionary.”—ed.)

21 April 1988, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Jumble,” Classified Ads, pg. 3, col. 1:
What that “sorceress” at the beach must have been—A “SAND WITCH.”

3 October 1994, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Today’s Yak Yuk,” pg. 2A, col. 1:
Q: What do you call a witch in the desert?
A: A sand-witch!
From Eric Johnson, 6 Trenton

Google Groups: soc.culture.filipino
HAPPY HALLOWEEN
Gorgeous
10/22/96
(...)
Q. What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?
A. A sand-witch.

Google Groups: rec.humor
HALLOWEEN-
Nancy Carson
10/26/96
(...)
What would you find on a haunted beach?
A sand witch.

Google Groups: maus.talk.english
Halloween Jokes
Karl-Heinz Wachtendorf
11/2/97
(...)
Q. What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?
A. A sand-witch.

6 February 1998, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Laugh Lines; Pint-Sized Punch Lines,” pg. 2:
What do you call a witch on a beach? A sand-witch. (Jonathan Grossman, 6, North Hills, Balboa Magnet School)

21 October 1999, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “The Kids’ Reading Room; Reading by 9; Pint-Sized Punch Lines,” pg. 8:
What cackles and lives at the beach? A sand-witch. (Dana, 6, Bentley School, Oakland)

Google Books
Spooky Creature Riddles
By Janet Nuzum Myers
Illustrated by Bob Ostrom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2005
Pg. 88:
What do you call a witch on the beach?
A sand-witch.

What do you call a show-off witch on the beach?
A ham sand-witch.

What do you call a coward witch on the beach?
A chicken sand-witch.

What do you call a sunburned witch on the beach?
A toasted sand-witch.

What do you call a witch on the beach who is being asked a lot of questions?
A grilled sand-witch.

Google Books
Puns Spooken Here
By Richard Lederer
Illustrations by Jim McLean
Layton, UT: Wyrick & Company
2006
Pg. 48:
What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?
A sand witch.

Google Books
Blonde Walks into a Bar:
The 4,000 Most Hilarious, Gut-Busting Gags, One-Liners and Jokes

By Jonathan Swan
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2008
Pg. ?:
What would you find on a haunted beach?
A sand witch.

Twitter
iRokFashion
‏@irokfashion
What kind of food would you find on a haunted beach??? {a sand witch} LOL
8:33 PM - 18 Mar 2009

Twitter
Saronti
‏@saronti
What do you call a witch that lives on the beach? A sand witch! From Celeste, age 11, Harlingin, Texas. #kidsJoke
3:13 PM - 26 May 2009

Twitter
Obi Weiner Kenobi
‏@ObiWeinerKenobi
What would you find on a haunted beach?
A sand witch.
5:27 PM - 31 Jul 2009

Google Books
Gigglers:
Disgusting Jokes

By Toby Reynolds
Illustrated by Andrew Pinder
London: Scholastic UK
2015
Pg. ?:
Q. What do you call a witch at the Seaside?
A. A Sand-Witch!

Google Books
Teacher’s Joke and Story Books
Collected by Stanley Graham
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2016
Pg. ?:
1032. Q. What do you call a witch on the beach?
A. A sand witch. (a sandwich)

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