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 26, 2016
“Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators?"/"It lifts their spirits.”

A popular ghost riddle is:

Q: Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators?
A: It lifts their spirits.


“Q. Why did the ghosts get in the elevator? A. They wanted to raise their spirits” was cited in a September 1994 newspaper.

“Why don’t ghosts like rain?"/"It dampens their spirits” is a similar ghost riddle.


30 September 1994, The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), “Just for Laughs,” 55 Hours, pg. 13, col. 1: 
Q. Why did the ghosts get in the elevator?
A. They wanted to raise their spirits.
Lauren McGowan, age 9
Wilmington


19 December 1994, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 2:
QL Why did the ghost ride the elevator?
A: To raise his spirits!
(sent in by Stephanie Parker)

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Q: Why did the ghost always take his family for a elevator rides?
A: He wanted to lift their spirits.

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1. An elevator makes ghosts happy because it lifts the spirits.

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An elevator makes ghosts happy because it lifts the spirits (Pun of the Day)

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11/16/04
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An elevator makes ghosts happy because it lifts the spirits. (Tony Thoennes)

Google Books
Spooky Creature Riddles
By Janet Nuzum Myers
Illustrated by Bob Ostrom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2005
Pg. 13:
Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators?
It raises their spirits.

Google Books
Reading is Funny!:
Motivating Kids to Read with Riddles

By Dee Anderson
Chicago, IL: American Library Association
2009
Pg. 127:
Why do ghosts enjoy riding in elevators?
It lifts their “spirits.”

Twitter
Patrick Cheng
‏@patach
@betafood “Why do Ghosts like elevators?  CUZ IT LIFTS THE SPIRITS!”
5:04 PM - 6 Feb 2009

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Lana Hand
‏@Magic1523
An elevator makes ghosts happy because it lifts the spirits!
8:46 AM - 9 Sep 2009

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Subway Belconnen
‏@SubwayBelco
“A ghost elevator lifts the spirits”
5:53 PM - 25 Oct 2009

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dave’s gmail
11/7/09
(...)
W. Why do ghosts like to ride elevators? A.it raises their spirits.

Google Books
101 Amazing Spooky Jokes
By Jack Goldstein
Andrews UK Limited
2013
Pg. ?:
Why do ghosts liketo ride in elevators?
It raises their spirits!

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