National Knock Knock Jokes Day

National Knock Knock Joke Day is a holiday observed on October 31st each year and is a day that mainly encourages trick-or-treaters to tell a knock-knock joke as they move from home to home asking for Halloween candy.

For anyone who has been living under a rock and does not know what these types of jokes are, then allow us to offer a brief explanation. A knock-knock joke is a type of joke in which the audience participates, and the joke usually ends with some kind of pun. Now that we all know what a knock-knock joke is, let’s go out there and celebrate this holiday.

The History of National Knock Knock Joke Day

Unfortunately, we don’t know who invented this holiday or even when it was invented. We only recently noticed this holiday, so we’re going to assume that it started sometime over the past few years. We’ll keep looking for the true origins of this holiday, and when we uncover them, we’ll share them with everyone else.

Some Fun Facts About Knock Knock Jokes

We like knock-knock jokes as much as the next person, so we decided to list some of the interesting facts we’ve learned about them while researching this holiday.

  • It’s believed that William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” first performed in 1606, is the origin of the knock-knock joke.
  • In 1929, in Henry Bett’s book “The Games of Children: Their Origins and History,” the knock-knock joke was described as being part of the children’s game Buff.
  • The first appearance of a knock-knock joke in modern times is one that appeared in a newspaper in 1934.

Observing National Knock Knock Joke Day

National Knock Knock Joke Day can be observed simply by taking a few moments to learn more about knock-knock jokes, and of course, telling other people these jokes. It’s also a good day for parents to prepare their trick-or-treating children with a few knock-knock jokes that they can share with the homes they visit.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 31 Thursday
Next year (2025)
October 31 Friday
Last year (2023)
October 31 Tuesday
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