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

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Entry from October 28, 2016
“What do ghosts put on their bagels?"/"Scream cheese.”

A popular Halloween ghost/witch riddle is:

Q: What do ghosts put on their bagels?
A: Scream cheese.


“What do witches put on their bagels? Scream cheese” was printed in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on October 29, 1996.

“What do ghosts put on their mashed potatoes?"/"Grave-y” is a similar ghost riddle.


29 October 1996, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Playing Around,” pg. 9:
What do witches put on their bagels?
Scream cheese.

Google Books
September 1997, Boys’ Life, ‘Think & Grin,” pg. 61, col. 1:
Ken: What do you get when you mix a bagel and a monster?
Ben: What? Ken: Scream cheese! — Ken Keeler, Temple, Calif.

29 October 1999, Anniston (AL) Star, “Humor,” pg. 5C, col. 4:
A ghost’s favorite snack is a bagel with scream cheese.

Google Books
Riddle Riot
By Lori Miller Fox
Illustrated by Sanford Hoffman
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing COmpany, Inc.
2003
Pg. 78:
What do witches spread on their bagels?
Scream cheese.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 09-19-03 Part II The Rest of the Puns
Stan Kegel
9/19/03
(...)
What do ghosts put on their bagels?
Scream cheese (Margaret, 12)

Google Groups: alt.creative.writing
What does a ghost eat?
omjaram
10/21/04
(...)
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
Spooky Sillies:
A Book of Ghost Jokes

By Mark Moore
Illustrated by Anne Haberstroh
Minneapolis, MN: Picture WIndow Books
2005
Pg. 19:
What do ghosts put on their bagels?
Scream cheese.

Google Books
Silly Jokes & Giggles
By Philip Yates & Matt Rissinger
Illustrated by Ed Shems
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2005
Pg. 91:
What do ghosts like on their bagels?
Scream cheese.

Twitter
UCSDbookstore
‏@ucsdbookstore
What do ghosts eat on their bagels? Scream cheese. UCSD Halloween costume contest details http://on.fb.me/UCSDCostumeContest10.
4:56 PM - 7 Oct 2010

Twitter
Lauren Frost
‏@lauren_frost
“What does a witch put on her bagels? Scream cheese!” - Annabelle, age 6
7:22 PM - 19 Oct 2010

Google Books
Scooby-Doo Monster Jokes
By Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Scott Jeralds
North Mankato, MN: Stone Arch Books
2015
Pg. 14:
What do goblins like to put on their bagels?
Scream cheese!

Google Books
Even More Halloween Jokes For Kids
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
What do witches put on their bagels?
Scream cheese!

Google Books
The Super, Epic, Mega Joke Book for Kids
By Whee Winn
Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz
2016
Pg. ?:
What do monsters put on their bagels?
Scream cheese.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, October 28, 2016 • Permalink