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The night of bad jokes

My sister tells me that telling jokes to earn one's treat for Halloween is a Des Moines thing. People in the DC area don't do it. Really?

Poll #2026710 What do they say on Halloween?

Do children/people tell a joke for a treat on Halloween, in the area you currently live in?

Always. Make them work for it (but not very hard).
1(2.6%)
Sometimes.
0(0.0%)
No, they just say "Trick or treat".
20(51.3%)
No, they just expect a treat without saying anything.
2(5.1%)
No. No one here goes trick-or-treating.
6(15.4%)
I don't know - no one comes to my door.
6(15.4%)
I don't know - I never answer the doorbell on Halloween.
1(2.6%)
Other, to be explained in a comment.
3(7.7%)

Do children/people say "trick or treat" when they come to the door on Halloween, in the area where you currently live?

Always
11(52.4%)
Sometimes
10(47.6%)
Never
0(0.0%)

What's the best joke you've heard this Halloween (if any)?

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
gillo
Nov. 1st, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
It's been a couple of years since any kids came to our door. Those who did have generally said 'Trick or Treat?', though back in our Grimsby days they had a little rhyme:

Black is black and green is green,
Spare a penny for Hallowe'en?
tisiphone
Nov. 1st, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC)
On a sample size of about 10, children here say "trick or treat" but don't tell jokes. No one in New England that I ever ran across told or expected jokes.
easter
Nov. 2nd, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Neither here, nor in northern Virginia, NJ, or the Philly area are jokes expected...
drplokta
Nov. 2nd, 2015 07:02 am (UTC)
The only trick-or-treater I've had in the past 15 years is next door's 19-month-old this year, and he's a bit young to be telling jokes or even managing to say "Trick or treat".
steepholm
Nov. 2nd, 2015 09:19 am (UTC)
Never heard of such a thing. Do the jokes have to be Halloween related?
kekhmet
Nov. 2nd, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
Growing up in Michigan we certainly never told jokes!

I'm normally not home on Halloween in North London, but I think I recall the few trick or treaters I ever had over the years I've been here saying "trick or treat"... but that might just be me assuming they did and creating a memory for myself of it!

I can ask my sister what the trick or treating standard is in North Carolina where she lives
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