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 23, 2022
“Why did the bird chirp at the trick-or-treaters?"/"Because he thought they wanted tweets!”

"Tweets” is how Elmer Fudd (the cartoon archenemy of Bugs Bunny, whom he calls a “wabbit") might pronounce the word “treats.” There are several “trick or treat"/“twick or tweet” jokes.

“Q. What do birds say on Halloween? A. Trick or tweet” was printed in the Indiana (PA) Gazette on October 26, 1974. “What do birds say on Halloween? ‘Twick or tweet’“ was printed in the book Biggest Riddle Book in the World (1976) by Joseph Rosenbloom.

“What do birds give out on Halloween?  Tweets” was printed in the book More Halloween Howls: Riddles that Come Back to Haunt You (1992) by Giulio Maestro. “What do birds give out on Halloween? Tweets” was posted on the newsgroup alt.med.fibromyalgia on October 30, 1999. 

“what do birds give to trick-or-treaters?  ...tweets!” was posted on Twitter by Cali Huffman on October 28, 2009. “What do birds give to Trick or Treaters on Halloween night? Tweets! Happy Halloween!!” was posted on Twitter by Kaffee’s Garden on October 31, 2010. “What do birds give to trick or treaters? TWEETS!!! #LaughoftheDay” was posted on Twitter by Jimmy RevJim Olsen on October 24, 2022.

“Why did the bird chirp at the trick-or-treaters? Because he thought they wanted tweets!” was posted on Twitter by tess gerritsen on December 20, 2018.


Google Books
Walt Disney Productions Presents Goofy’s Gags
By Walt Disney Productions
New York, NY: Random House
1974
Pg. ?:
What do birds say on Halloween?
Trick or tweet.

Newspapers.com
26 October 1974, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Mini Jokes,” Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. What do birds say on Halloween?
A. Trick or tweet.
Janet Urban—Clarksburg

Newspapers.com
1 March 1975, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), “Mini Jokes,” Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. What do birds say on Halloween?
A. Trick or Tweet.
Elizabeth Ann Van Zandt
Jackson

Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 138:
What do birds say on Halloween?
“Twick or tweet.”

Newspapers.com
15 August 1977, Sioux Falls (SD)< Argus-Leader “Fun Time—The Riddle Box,” pg. 12 A, col. 1:
What do birds say on Halloween?
Trick or tweet.

Newspapers.com
27 October 1987, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, “Jokes,” pg. 4E, col. 2:
Q: What do birds say on Halloween?
A: “Twick or tweet!”

Google Groups: rec.humor
Halloween Jokes
yba...@sunset.sedd.trw.com
Oct 29, 1990, 5:24:48 PM
(...)
What do birds say on Halloween?
Trick or Tweet.

Google Books
More Halloween Howls:
Riddles that Come Back to Haunt You

By Giulio Maestro
New York, NY: Dutton Children’s Books
1992
Pg. ?:
What do birds give out on Halloween?
Tweets.

Google Groups: alt.med.fibromyalgia
OT Happy Halloween quickies
phyllis
Oct 30, 1999, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
What do birds give out on Halloween?
Tweets.

Google Groups: alt.fifty-plus.friends
Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!
Tommy
Nov 1, 2003, 1:28:36 AM
(...)
Q. What do birds give out on Halloween?
A. Tweets.

Google Groups: alt.humor.jewish
Kids Puns of the Weak 10-19-04
Stan Kegel
Oct 19, 2004, 5:43:04 PM
(...)
What do birds say on Halloween?
“Trick-or-tweet!”

Twitter
Comedy.com
@comedydotcom
What do birds give out on Halloween night?
Tweets…
3:17 PM · Oct 31, 2007·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Lindsay R
@she_writes
oh, oh! “What do birds give out for Halloween?” Tweets! (treats!) hehe, oh i thought it was funny. smile
8:07 PM · Oct 30, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Cali Huffman
@CaliGirlCreates
what do birds give to trick-or-treaters?  ...tweets!
http://twitpic.com/n8dh4
12:37 AM · Oct 28, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Kaffee’s Garden
@DaySpaMa
What do birds give to Trick or Treaters on Halloween night? Tweets! Happy Halloween!!
9:18 PM · Oct 31, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
Pumpkin Elf Mystery (Ready, Freddy! #11)
By Abby Klein
New York, NY: The Blue Sky Press (Scholastic, Inc.)
2011
Pg. ?:
Q. What do birds give out on Halloween?
A. Tweets.

Twitter
Kate
@AlohaKatie
What do birds give to the trick or treaters on Halloween night?
Tweets.
5:43 PM · Oct 29, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Caitie Belschner
@MrsBelsClass
What did the bird pass out to trick or treaters? Tweets! Have fun and be safe #beggarsnight
8:45 AM · Oct 31, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Mitie
@mitie
What do birds give out to trick or treaters on Halloween? Tweets! Look at these spooky sweets from @Gatherandgather
! http://ow.ly/i/7panp
10:31 AM · Oct 31, 2014·Hootsuite

Reddit—Puns
Posted by u/Punsville May 27, 2017
Halloween Puns
(...)
What did the bird say on Halloween? Trick or tweet!

Twitter
tess gerritsen
@tessgerritsen
Why did the bird chirp at the trick-or-treaters?
Because he thought they wanted tweets!
(What you hear when you hang around a five-year-old budding comedian.)
9:21 AM · Dec 20, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Shrin25 October 30, 2019
What do birds give out for Halloween?
Tweets

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/YourOverLordisME September 27, 2022
What do birds give out on Halloween?
Tweets.

Twitter
Jimmy RevJim Olsen
@mybuddyjimmy
What do birds give to trick or treaters? TWEETS!!! #LaughoftheDay
8:38 AM · Oct 24, 2022 from West Des Moines, IA·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
GNolan
@GNolan01
What do birds give to trick or treaters?
TWEETS!!!
6:06 PM · Oct 24, 2022·Twitter Web App

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