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 streets do ghosts haunt?"/"Dead ends.”

A popular Halloween riddle is:

Q: What streets do ghosts haunt?
A: Dead ends.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1994.


5 March 1994, Toronto (ON) Star, “Riddles,” pg. B6, col. 3:
Q. What streets do ghosts live on?
A. Dead ends.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Happy Halloween
Robert Nykvist
10/29/94
(...)
What street does a ghost live on?
A dead-end street!

1 April 1998, Los Angeles (CA) , “Yuk It Up!; What could be funnier than a kid’s sense of humor? These juvenile jokesters share some doozies to tickle a funny bone or two,” pg. 2:
What kind of streets do ghosts haunt? Dead ends. (Timothy Roofian, 8, Los Angeles, Warner Ave. School)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Spooky Puns from Stan Kegel
Bob C.
10/30/99
(...)
What kind of streets do zombies like the best?
Dead ends… (By Jackie Holle)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
“Puns of the Weak” 10/20/00
Stan Kegel
10/21/00
(...)
What kind of streets do zombies like the best?  Dead ends… (By Jackie Holle)

Google Groups: alt.humor
Puns of the Weak 03-28-03
Stan Kegel
3/28/03
(...)
What streets do ghosts live on?
On dead ends! (Tony, Age 13)

Google Books
How Do You Get There?:
A Book of Transportation Jokes

By Jill L. Donahue
Illustrated by Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt
Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window Books
2007
Pg. 19:
What kinds of streets do ghosts haunt?
Dead ends.

Twitter
❤️ FizzyDuck ❤️
‏@FizzyDuck
What streets do ghosts live on? Dead Ends!
4:28 PM - 19 Jun 2009

Twitter
Jessica Northey
‏@JessicaNorthey
Q. What are ghosts’ favorite kind of streets? A. Dead ends #StupidHalloweenJokes
4:01 PM - 29 Oct 2009

Google Books
Just Jokes:
A Collection of Kids Jokes

By Phyllis Agles-Johnson
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2010
Pg. 86:
Q. What streets do ghosts haunt?
A. Dead ends!

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. 132:
What streets do ghosts haunt?
Dead ends. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Monday, October 17, 2016 • Permalink