Ghosts are an example of something that people make jokes about to ease and hide their fear of them. Many people believe in ghosts, but the number of people who are scared of them does not seem to correlate directly with the number of people who believe they are real, so ghost jokes are a way to bring these sets of people together and help them cope with their understanding, or lack thereof, of ghosts.
What happens when a ghost gets lost in the fog?
-He is mist.
Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
What do ghosts use to wash their hair?
There is no such color as Ghostly yellow!
-It is just a pigment of your imagination!
What do you call a ghost who haunts fireplaces?
-A toastie ghostie.
What happened to the man who didn’t pay his exorcist?
-His house was repossessed.
Why did the ghost cross the road?
– Because it was a poultrygeist.
What position does a ghost play in soccer?
Where do fashionable ghosts shop for sheets?
I bet you’re a real freak in the sheets. Wait.
– Ghost. I meant I bet you’re a ghost. Happy Halloween?
What do you call a little ghost with a torn sheet?
-A hole-y terror.
Where do ghosts buy their food?
-At the ghost-ery store.
There have been many attempts over centuries to ease the fears of ghosts. They are unpredictable and many believe they are invisible, so they are a very real and genuine fear for a large part of the population. People often use jokes as a way to make something they are scared of seem less scary, and silly ghost jokes are no different. There are many funny ghost jokes about how they can’t always get through a wall or how they are so busy haunting someone else they won’t have time for the people who are hearing the joke. There are a range of short ghost jokes that suggest ways to be rid of them or to send the away and detailed corny ghost jokes about what to say to one if you ever see one.
By making ghosts cute rather than scary it can east the fear of children and help them to see they are safe with no need to be worried. Many of the ghost jokes for kids (and there are whole books of them) are based upon the expectation that by joking about a ghost the child will see them as funny and entertaining rather than be scared and stay up all night on ghost watch.
Casper The Friendly Ghost
To help ease these worries of children in particular many cute ghosts have been added to children shows and Casper may be the most famous of all of these. As a friendly ghost who only wants to be friends with people and attempts to make friends with the new family moving into this house, Casper is a household name and has television shows, movies, books and even comic books full of silly ghost jokes about him and his adventures. He is often portrayed as just a regular child who is trying to fit in even though he is a ghost. There are many hilarious ghost jokes about his adventures and how he stands up for people against not only other people who would harm them but also stands up to other ghosts in an attempt to stop the from haunting people and get them to instead befriend them.
These clean ghost jokes can help children to see a different side to ghost stores but also to see that even when people are very different, they can still be friends and get along well. They help to teach acceptance and that it s the personality and behaviors of people that matter most, more than how a person, or ghost, appears. This has been carried on through more recent movies and even in Harry Potter there are friendly ghosts who roam the halls and interact with the students in a positive way. They are friends despite their differences.
Going Through Walls
Whether ghosts can go through walls or not is more opinion than fact and no one really knows a lot about it either way, so often when writing it is made to fit what is needed for the story or for the joke. Some of the funny ghost jokes imply they should be able to but not all can so they end up hitting the wall in a comical way rather than go through, and still others imply they need to learn how to do it so they start out as a ghost who is unable to go through walls but then learns how.
No matter your belief on ghosts it is almost certain that you have heard ghost stories and jokes over the years, and as long as there are people who are afraid of ghosts there will be jokes about them to ease that fear. People so often make jokes about things that they don’t understand or that frighten them, and there will almost certainly always be people who are afraid of ghosts as there is still so much that isn’t known. It is possible that people will never reach a consensus on whether they are real or not, whether we can see ghosts or feel them or not, and as long as uncertainty remains so will remain the ghost joke.