Did you know that in some parts of the country, children have to tell a joke to earn their trick-or-treat candy? In St. Louis and Des Moines, the Halloween joke-telling tradition is strong, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Learning to appreciate and re-tell jokes is an important step in a child's intellectual development. Maybe grandparents should start a family tradition of having the grandchildren tell a joke before they can get a treat or a privilege. Halloween would be... a great time to start, and the collection of spooky jokes below will furnish some material. Children are also suckers for animal jokes and food jokes.
So, did you hear the one about the cookie who went to the doctor? That's right. He was feeling crumby!
01 of 06
Witch costumes are classic and endlessly popular. These witch jokes will be, too.
- Why do witches wear name tags?
- What do you call two witches sharing an apartment?
- What is a little witch's favorite subject in school?
- Why did the witch give up fortune telling?
- What did the witch serve her friends who dropped in at dinner time?
- What is the difference between a witch and the letters M A K E S?
- How do you make a witch itch?
- How does a witch tell time?
- Why is a witch's face like a million dollars?
- What... do witches use on their hair?
- So they will know which witch is which.
- Because there was no future in it.
- Pot luck.
- One makes spells and the other spells makes.
- Take away the w.
- She looks at her witch-watch.
- It's green and wrinkly.
- Scare spray.
02 of 06
These vampire jokes, like many other Halloween jokes, rely largely on puns. It's so much fun when kids get the hang of puns.
- Why didn't anyone want to babysit the little vampire?
- What is Dracula's favorite place in New York City?
- What did the little vampire say when he went to bed?
- What did the vampire say to his victim?
- Why do little vampires look forward to school lunches?
- Who did Dracula take out on a date?
- What do vampires fear the most?
- How do you join Dracula's fan club?
- Whats a... vampire's favorite fruit?
- Whats a vampire's favorite animal?
- Because he was a pain in the neck.
- The Vampire State Building.
- Turn on the dark. Im afraid of the light.
- It's been nice gnawing you.
- Because they know they won't get stake.
- His ghoul friend.
- Tooth decay.
- Send your name, address and blood type.
- A giraffe.
03 of 06
Why are ghosts such terrible liars? Because you can see right through them!
How did the little ghost learn to play the piano? By using sheet music!
For some reason ghosts are great subjects for humor, most of them playing on the theme of invisibility. Enjoy more jokes and riddles with a ghostly theme.
04 of 06
Why don't skeletons like to go to parties? Because they have no body to dance with!
What do you call a lie told by a skeleton? A little fib-ula!
A clever joke is the only accessory needed for a cute skeleton costume, and here are lots more skeleton jokes to choose from.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06
Why did the pirate buy his earring at the dollar store? Because he only wanted to pay a buck-an-ear.
What does a pirate look for, although it's always right behind him? His booty!
Pirates are wildly popular right now, so why not harness that popularity for fun and learning? Pirate jokes are easy for children to improvise, too, since so many of them play on the sound of "r," as in AARGH! Boost the fun with more crazy pirate jokes.
06 of 06
The Benefits of Jokes and Riddles
Joking is great for growing brains. I mean great for brains that are still growing, not growing brains as in Frankenstein's lab! Jokes are also good for aging brains. That's another reason for grandparents and grandchildren to share the fun of telling jokes.
Scientists have spent quite a bit of time studying how jokes are processed by the brain. Researchers say that getting a joke involves the process of frame-shifting. We receive information in context — the frame — but with jokes, the... punchline makes us have to shift our frame and look at the information in a different light.
In the case of puns, the joke leads us to interpret a word or phrase in a normal way, and to get the joke, we must interpret it in a different way. It's all about flexible thinking, and it's good for both young and old brains.
In addition to providing exercise for the brain, laughter can actually provide exercise for the body. Have you ever laughed so hard that you lost your breath? The act of laughing stimulates the circulatory system and the respiratory system. In addition, laughter may release beneficial chemicals that combat stress and depression.
Sharing jokes also helps us bond with others. The next time you have some time to spend with the grands, go for a big belly laugh or at least a chuckle or two.