A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 20, 2016
“What do ghosts eat for dessert?"/"I scream (ice scream).”

A Halloween riddle about dessert is:

Q: What do ghosts eat for dessert?
A: I scream (ice scream).

“I Scream” has been a Halloween dessert since at least 1956. “What do ghosts eat for dessert? Boo-berry pie and I-scream” was printed in many newspapers in 1973.

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” is an old chant.

“What do ghosts eat for breakfast?"/"Dreaded wheat,” “What do ghosts eat for breakfast?"/"Ghost Toasties,” “What do ghosts eat for breakfast?"/"Scream of Wheat,” “What do ghosts eat for lunch?"/"Boo-logna sandwiches,” “What do ghosts eat for lunch?"/"Spookghetti” and “What do ghosts eat for dinner?"/"Ghoulash” are related Halloween riddles.

20 October 1956, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), “Anyone For Ghoulash? Try It, Come Halloween,” pg. 10, col. 4:
Slayer Cake and I Scream

19 May 1973, Indiana (PA) Evening Gazette, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. What do ghosts eat for dessert?
A. Boo-berry pie and I-scream.
Jami Sullinger—Penn Run

26 January 1982, Aberdeen (SD) American News, “Why not levity in long winter?” by Bob johnson, pg. 4, col. 5:
What do ghosts eat for dessert? I-scream and booberry pie. 

Google Groups: alt.humor
Halloween Humor - 25
Craig Bennett
What four things do monsters enjoy eating on Halloween?
Ghoulash and I Scream with booberry pie and ghoul-aid.

Google Books
Jokes, Riddles and Wisdom:
The Best Collection Ever

By Roger Kuder
San Jose, CA: ToExcel Press
Pg. 54:
Q: What do ghosts serve for dessert?
A: Ice Scream.

30 October 2002, The Advocate (Stamford, CT), “Scary night,” pg. C4, col. 1:
Halloween is no time to be solemn, either, and silly food jokes abound, like “What do ghosts serve for dessert?”

Answer: “Ice scream.”

Google Groups: alt.creative.writing
What does a ghost eat?
I know you won’t be able to resist goblin up this full-corpse meal. Bone appetit!:

Ghost Toasties
Scream of Wheat
Pentagram Crackers with Poisonbury Jam
Brain Muffins

Hungarian Ghoul Ash
Frank ‘n’ Stein
Stake Sandwitch
Littleneck Clams
Black Catfish
Warlocks and Bagels, with Scream Cheese

Side Dishes
Deviled Eggs
Ghost Liver Pate

Adam’s Apples

I Scream
Boobury Pie
Boo Meringue
Ghoul Whip
Ghoulda Cheese
Monster Cheese

Ghoul Ade
Coffin with Scream
Apple Spider

26 October 2004, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), “Getting into the spirit of Halloween,” pg. 1E, col. 5:
Q: What is a ghost’s favorite dessert?
A: Ice scream!

Google Books
Happy Halloween Jokes 6
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
Pg. ?:
What do ghosts serve for dessert?
Ice Scream.

Google Books
The Super, Epic, Mega Joke Book for Kids
By Whee Winn
Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz
Pg. ?:
What kind of dessert does a ghost like?
I scream!

Posted by Barry Popik
Thursday, October 20, 2016 • Permalink