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 24, 2016
“What do witches ask for at a hotel?"/"Broom service.”

A popular Halloween riddle about witches is:

Q: What do witches ask for at a hotel?
A: Broom service.


The joke was printed in Boys’ Life magazine in 1985.


Google Books
May 1985, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 74, col. 2:
Frank: When a convention of witches checks into a hotel, what is the first thing they request?
N. Stein: Broom service.— Chris Brockway, Babylon, N. Y.

25 October 1987, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), Comic sec., pg. ?, col. 2:
What do witches ring for in a hotel?
(Broom service)

4 March 1990, Washington (DC) Post, “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 2:
Q: What do witches call when they get to their hotel room?
A: Broom service!

Google Books
Kids’ Funniest Jokes
Edited by Sheila Anne Barry
Illustrated by Jeff Sinclair
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1993
Pg. 9:
What does a witch ask for when she checks into a hotel?
Broom service.
CRYSTAL RAPOSO, 9

Google Groups: rec.humor
PUNS SPOOKEN HERE
Nancy M. Carson
10/22/00
(...)
The witch was hungry when she checked into the hotel so she called Broom Service.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 04-25-03
Stan Kegel
4/25/03
(...)
What is the first thing a witch does when she checks into a hotel?
She calls for broom service. (Brandon)

Google Books
Hilarious Halloween Jokes
By Alison Grambs
Illustrated by Steve Harpster
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2004
Pg. 35:
What do witches order at hotels when they get hungry?
Broom service.

Twitter
HI Front Royal VA
‏@HIFrontRoyalVA
Its National Tell An Old Joke Day:  What would a witch order at a hotel?
BROOM SERVICE
9:09 AM - 24 Jul 2009

Twitter
Not a cat… Meow…
‏@Nicthecat
What does a witch ask for in a hotel?  Broom service
1:45 PM - 10 Aug 2009

Google Books
The Funniest Spooky Joke Book Ever
By Joe King
London: Andersen Press
2013
Pg. ?:
What does a witch ask for when she is in a hotel?
Broom service.

Google Books
Fun Witch Jokes For Kids
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
What does a witch ask for when she is in a hotel?
Broom service.

Posted by Barry Popik
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