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 12, 2021
“What does a witch use to keep her hair up?"/"Scarespray!”

A popular Halloween riddle was printed in the Asheville (NC) Citizen and Times on May 27, 1972:

Q: What do witches use on their hair?
A. Scare spray.


“Scare spray” (or “scarespray") is a pun on “hairspray.” This version was posted on Reddit—Puns on May 27, 2017:

Q: What does a witch use to keep her hair up?
A: Scarespray!



Newspapers.com
27 May 1972, Asheville (NC) Citizen and Times, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
What do witches use on their hair?
A. Scare spray.
Carol Miller—Asheville

Newspapers.com
31 October 1972, The Raleigh Register (Beckley, WV), “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q: What do witches use in their hair?
A: Scare spray!
Jeffrey Campbell, Crab Orchard

Google Books
Jokes and Riddles
By Owl Magazine
Racine, WI: Western Publishing Company
1983
Pg. 90:
Q. What do witches put on their hair?
A. Scare-spray.

Google Books
Kids’ Funniest Jokes
Edited by Sheila Anne Barry
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1993
Pg. 6:
What do witches put on their hair?
Scare-spray.
JENNIFER McCUMBER, 8

Google Books
December 1993, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 81, col. 1:
Fred: How did the monster keep her hair down?
Jed: I haven’t a clue. How?
Fred: Scare spray! — Marie Bartram, Louisville, Ky.

Gogole Groups: misc.kids
Need Halloween Jokes For 6 y.o.
Lisa Guisbond
Oct 18, 1996, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
What did the witch use to fix her hair?
Scare spray.

Google Groups: rec.humor
HALLOWEEN (Long)
Nancy Carson
Oct 22, 1997, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
How does a witch fix her hair?
With SCAREspray.

Google Groups: alt.support.depression.manic
Final Jokes (Some Raunchy and Some Political) from James
James D. Milton
Nov 1, 1998, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
Q. What do witches put on their hair?
A. Scare spray

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 10-31-03 Part 1 The Halloween Puns
Stan Kegel
Oct 31, 2003, 11:26:32 PM
(...)
What do witches put in their hair?
Scare Spray (Bryce, 8)

Twitter
Comedy.com
@comedydotcom
How do witches keep their hair in place while flying?
With scare spray…
7:01 PM · Oct 31, 2007·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jessica Rosepins
@Rosepins
What do witches put on their hair? ...... Scare Spray!
3:31 AM · Oct 31, 2008·Twitter SMS

Twitter
may_c_thesinger
@may_c_thesinger
Q: What do witches put on their hair?
A: Scarespray!
#HAPPYHALLOWEEN#
5:19 PM · Oct 25, 2009·Twitter SMS

Google Books
1001 Kids’ Jokes
By Kay Barnham
Arcturus Publishing
2016
Pg. ?:
How do witches make their own hair stand on end?
With scarespray.

Reddit—Puns
Posted by u/Punsville May 27, 2017
Halloween Puns
(...)
What does a witch use to keep her hair up? Scarespray!

Google Books
Best Kids’ Halloween Jokes Ever!
By Highlights
Highlights Press
2020
Pg. 32:
What does a witch use to keep her hair up?
Scarespray.

Twitter
BPoo
@Utopia_Soup
Q: What does a witch use to keep her hair up?
A: Scarespray!
9:13 AM · Oct 7, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Jimmy RevJim Olsen
@mybuddyjimmy
What does a witch use to keep her hair up? Scarespray! #LaughoftheDay
4:11 PM · Oct 13, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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