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 26, 2017
“What is a ghost’s favorite party game?"/"Hide-and-go-shriek.”

A popular Halloween riddle on the game of “hide-and-seek” (or “hide-and-go-seek") is:

Q: What is a ghost’s favorite party game?
A: Hide-and-go-shriek.


The “hide-and-shriek” joke has been cited in print since at least 1987. “What is a ghost’s favorite game?"/"Hide-and-ghost-seek” is a related Halloween hide-and-seek joke.


Wikipedia: Hide-and-seek
Hide-and-seek (or hide-and-go-seek) is a popular children’s game in which any number of players (ideally at least three) conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by one or more seekers. The game is played by one player chosen (designated as being “it") closing their eyes and counting to a predetermined number while the other players hide. After reaching this number, the player who is “it” calls “Ready or not, here I come!” and then attempts to locate all concealed players.

29 March 1987, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” Kidsday, pg. 1, col. 3:
What is a monster’s favorite game?
Hide and Shriek.
-- Susana Palma, Woodmere

Google Books
Hide-and-Go-Shriek Monster Riddles
By Meyer Seltzer
Niles, IL: A. Whitman
1990
Pg. ?:
What is the favorite game at monster school?
Hide-and-go-shriek.

Google Books
Essential English - Grade 4 (eBook)
By Delores Boufford
Dayton, OH: Milliken Publishing Company
1998
Pg. 46:
Bob What is a monster’s favorite game?
Eliza I don’t know.
Bob Hide and shriek

30 October 1998, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Laugh Lines; Pint-Sized Punch Lines,” pg. E2, col. 3:
What game did the witches play at the Halloween party? Hide-and-go-shriek! (Joshua Arthur Fogelson, 6, Redondo Beach, Menorah Community Day School)

Google Books
1001 More Cool Jokes with Glen Singleton
By Barb Whiter
Victoria, Australia: Hinkler Book Distributors
2002
Pg. 113:
What is a monster’s favorite game?
Hide and Shriek.

Google Books
Extreme Monsters Joke Book
By Nikki Bataille Lange
Columbus, OH: Penny Candy Press
2005
Pg. 14:
What is a ghost’s favorite party game?
Hide-and-go-shriek!

Google Books
The Great Monster Joke Book
By Amanda Li
London, UK: Puffin Books
2006
Pg. ?:
What game do ghosts like playing?
Hide and shriek.

Google Books
The Ghost Zone:
Jokes, Riddles, Tongue Twisters & “Daffynitions”

By Gary Chmielewski
Chicago, IL: Norwood House Press
2009
Pg. 19:
What is a ghost’s favorite party game?
Hide-and-go-shriek!

KentLive (UK)
17 hilarious Halloween jokes for kids
Make sure you get into the spirit of things this Halloween

Sophie Madge
17:07, 18 OCT 2017
(...)
6. What is a ghost’s favorite party game?
Hide-and-go-shriek

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, October 26, 2017 • Permalink