If you live in St. Louis, grew up in St. Louis, or have visited St. Louis during Halloween, you are sure to have come across a great tradition when venturing out to fill your pillowcase with candy on Halloween night:
The bad joke, riddle, or pun.
It’s expected, looked forward to, and as a result it fills the night with many groans, guffaws, and much head shaking at awful punchlines. Still, it’s a tradition that is ours.
Yes, there’s no just calling out “trick-or-treat” here. Anyone old enough to ring the doorbell is old enough to entertain candy-givers with at least an attempt at humor. To make sure that you and your family are ready to go this year, here are a few of our favorite joke books that can provide you with your last-minute chuckle. Don’t forget to test your joke at your favorite Branch of the St. Louis Public Library!
Jokes by fourteen great artists including Saxton Freyman, Tomie DePaola, & David Small
Some of the worst Knock Knock jokes illustrated by today’s best artists. Figures.
Just Joking-300 Hilarious Jokes, tricky tongue twisters, and ridiculous riddles
National Geographic Kids
These jokes are told by animals from National Geographic photos with great facts added in as well.
Sidesplitters: A joke a Day–365 Guaranteed Giggles
Editors of Kishfisher
Why limit bad jokes to only Halloween?
SpongeBob Squarepants Joke Book & Nautical Nonsense: A SpongeBob Joke Book
David Lewman & Wendy Wax, respectively
St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s 90 Halloween jokes in 10 minutes
National Public Radio‘s post last year.
Good luck, have fun, & be safe!