NPR Explores St. Louis Custom of Jokes on Halloween

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No joke: My colleague, Kholood, who was under the assumption that everyone would wear a costume to work today. (She's a peacock.)
Last week a correspondent with NPR rang me at work to ask me about our custom here in St. Louis requiring trick-or-treaters to tell jokes before receiving candy.

Yes, for those of you unfamiliar, St. Louis is something of an exception when it comes to our October 31st festivities. Only the residents of Des Moines, Iowa, also require children to tell them jokes.

As Alan Greenblatt with NPR explains today, coming up with a good joke can really place some pressure on trick-or-treaters. He writes of one 8-year-old who may not go out tonight for lack of decent joke.

As I've done in year's past, stop by Daily RFT tomorrow for a list of the Top 10 jokes as told to me by this year's trick-or-treaters.

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Kelsey W.
Kelsey W.

This photo of Kholood will be printed off immediately to decorate my cubicle.

Jeff Howe
Jeff Howe

Only older siblings escorting young kids get candy without a costume at this St. Louis house.  Jokes are optional but welcomed, and rewarded with bonus candy.


There does seem to be a problem with asshole teenagers with no costumes showing up late looking for candy.


Requiring jokes is nothing. Costumes should be required before any treats are given out. I and many of my neighbors and friends complain that the majority of trixters come knocking dressed in street clothes, no masks, no nothing. So, I don't give them anything. In fact, I either go out on Halloween or I turn off all the lights so they think I'm not at home. One year, I even turned on the spinkler so it hit the sidewalk and my front door. So much for that. They knocked anyway, wetting their street clothes. LMAO

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