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 30, 2017
“What did the witch do when her broomstick broke?"/"She witch-hiked.”

A witch riddle is:

Q: What did the witch do when her broomstick broke?
A: She witch-hiked.


The Halloween joke has been cited in print since at least 1996.


21 October 1996, Kokomo (IN) Tribune, “A Little Bit of Humor,” The Bubble Gum Rapper, pg. C6, col. 4:
Cecil: How did the witch get around when her broomstick broke?
Sheila: She witch-hiked, of course. 

31 October 1996, Vancouver (BC) Sun, “Joker’s corner,” pg. D18:
Cecil: How did the witch get around when her broomstick broke?
Sheila: She witch-hiked, of course.

18 October 1997, The Yazoo Herald (Yazoo City, MS), “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes, The Mini Page, pg. 12A, col. 1:
Q: What did the witch do when her broomstick broke?
A: She witch-hiked!

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Broke
newsman
10/17/99
(...)
>:How did the witch get around when her broomstick broke:??
>:  She witch-hiked.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
[Fwd: Submit: Halloween Riddles]
Stan Kegel
10/30/00
(...)
What did the witch do when her broomstick broke?
She witch-hiked! (Jakk Bass)
(...)
How did the witch get around when her broomstick broke:?
She witch-hiked. (From MAL)

Google Books
Goofy Jokes & Giggles
By Charles Keller
Illustrated by Dave Garbot
New York, MY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2002
Pg. 21:
“How did the witch get around when her broomstick broke?”
“She witchhiked.”

Google Books
The Usborne Book of Silly Jokes
By Lenard Le Rolland and Laura Howell
London, UK: Usborne
2003
Pg. 29:
What did the witch do when her broomstick broke?
She witch-hiked.

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Monday, October 30, 2017 • Permalink