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S. Worthen ([personal profile] owlfish) wrote2015-11-01 11:03 pm

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?

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[personal profile] gillo 2015-11-01 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
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?

[identity profile] tisiphone.livejournal.com 2015-11-01 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
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.

[identity profile] easter.livejournal.com 2015-11-02 12:14 am (UTC)(link)
Neither here, nor in northern Virginia, NJ, or the Philly area are jokes expected...
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[personal profile] drplokta 2015-11-02 07:02 am (UTC)(link)
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".

[identity profile] steepholm.livejournal.com 2015-11-02 09:19 am (UTC)(link)
Never heard of such a thing. Do the jokes have to be Halloween related?

[identity profile] kekhmet.livejournal.com 2015-11-02 06:17 pm (UTC)(link)
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