National Knock Knock Joke Day


Laugh out loud on National Knock Knock Joke Day! October 31st encourages telling a few funny knock knock jokes while going door to door. And the day is for jokesters of all ages, too.–A little history of the Knock Knock Joke:–1929: The game of Buff – A child with a stick thumps it on the ground using the following dialogue:

Knock Knock
Who’s There:
BuffWhat says, Buff:
Buff says Buff to all his men, and I say Buff to you again.1934: The standard knock-knock joke format was used in a newspaper humor column:Knock Knock
Q. Who’s there?A. Rufus
Q. Rufus Who?
A. Rufus the most important part of your house.–

1936: Likely the beginning of popularity for knock-knock jokes.

Knock-knock jokes became a regular part of the Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in Show in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

At a very young age, children often learn to tell knock-knock jokes as one of their first types of jokes. They also like making up knock-knock jokes to tell their family and friends. What’s your favorite knock-knock joke?

HOW TO OBSERVE #KnockKnockJokeDay

Take turns telling knock-knock jokes with your kids. Make up new ones or tell some old classics. Trade them back and forth and let the giggles ensue. Laughter is some of the best medicine you can share.

Have a knock-knock joke-writing contest. Take videos and share them. Visit to find some funny ones for kids.

We even have a guide to help you tell jokes, 5 Types of Funny Jokes to Tell Your Kids.

Tell your best knock-knock jokes and use #KnockKnockJokeDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for projects, puzzles, and more designed to Celebrate Every Day® with your students!


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this fun day.

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