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 30, 2016
“Where do fashionable ghosts shop for sheets?"/"Bootiques.”

A popular Halloween ghost riddle about shopping is:

Q: Where do fashionable ghosts shop for sheets?
A: Boo-tiques.


The joke was printed in many newspapers in October 1984.


28 October 1984, Sunday Boston Herald (Boston, MA), “Junior Whirl” by Hal Kaufman, comics sec. pg>, col. 3:
Ghostly Riddles to Ponder: Where do ghosts shop? At boo-tiques.

Google Books
Oodles of Riddles
By Lori Miller Fox
Pictures by Sandy Hoffman
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1989
Pg. 42:
What kind of stores do ghosts shop in?
Boo-tiques.

Google Books
Kids’ Funniest Jokes
Edited by Sheila Anne Barry
Illustrated by Jeff Sinclair
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1993
Pg. 78:
Where do ghosts shop?
In boo-tiques. JOYCLYN MENDONCE, 11

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Happy Halloween
Robert Nykvist
10/29/94
(...)
Where do fashionable ghosts shop?
At BOO-tiques.

7 December 1998, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “The Kid’s Reading Room; Pint-Sized Punch Lines,” pg. 8:
Where did the rich ghost shop? At the local boo-tique. (Normie Gross, 6, Los Angeles, Meglin Kiddie School)

Google Books
Super Goofy Jokes
By Jacqueline Horsfall
Illustrated by Rob Collinet
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2005
Pg. 53:
Where do ghosts shop?
At boo-tiques.

Google Books
Spooky Creature Riddles
By Janet Nuzum Myers
Illustrated by Bob Ostrom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2005
Pg. 10:
Where do fashion-conscious ghosts shop?
At boo-tiques.

Twitter
donna wells
‏@1donnawells
today’s joke: Where do ghosts shop? A BOOOtique-ha!
2:48 PM - 30 Oct 2009

Psychology Today
Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
Evolution of the Self
The Wittiest Halloween Jokes, Riddles, and Puns
We fear vampires, and vampires fear . . . tooth decay (!).

Posted Oct 24, 2011
(...)
Where do fashionable ghosts shop for sheets? [This one is so bad that it’s actually quite good!] Bootiques.

Twitter
SuadCampbell
‏@suadcampbell
Where do fashionable ghosts shop for sheets? Boutiques! #Halloween #puns #wordplay
11:51 PM - 30 Oct 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Sunday, October 30, 2016 • Permalink