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On Hallowe'en evening, kids in St. Louis don't just say "Trick or treat," they ask jokey riddles. Unfortunately, these little kids make up their own jokes, and the results are abusrdly unfunny. Each year, Bryan Clair (St Louis math professor) tweets the "jokes" he hears; they're kind of amazing.

Riddle: Why did the pig go to Walmart? Answer: Because it wanted to!

Thus when I, not in St Louis, walked past these still-up Hallowe'en decorations yesterday (San Francisco on Cabrillo Ave between 3rd and 4th Aves), I took notice: they were jokey Hallowe'en riddles. There were some old chestnuts, but perhaps they were new to little trick-or-treaters. And there was a math riddle that was new to me (but might still be an old chestnut; I don't know all the riddles):

Decorative gourds with little riddle signs

Riddle: What was the witch's favorite subject in school? Riddle: What is little ghosts's favorite dessert? Riddle: What goes 'Ha, ha, thud?' Riddle: Where do ghosts go on vacation? Riddle: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? Riddle: Why don't skeletons like parties?

Answers are below. Stop reading if you don't want spoilers.

School subject: Spelling
Dessert: I - scream
"Thud": A zombie laughing his head off?
Vacation: Lake Erie
Circumference: Pumpkin Pi (π)
Parties: Because they have no body to dance with

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