September/October 2022 Limerick Laughs Winner and Runners-up

A well-made Halloween costume leads to a surprise

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I’m unsure where our friendship now stands.
I was duped by those curly blond strands.
I’ll admit I was flirtin’,
But now I’m uncertain
Why we two are still holding hands.

Congratulations to Jim Johnston of Poland, Ohio, who won $25 for his limerick describing Frederic Stanley’s Costume Surprise, from the cover of our February 12, 1921, issue.

If you’d like to enter the Limerick Laughs Contest for our upcoming issue, submit your limerick via our online entry form.

Here are some more great limerick entries from this contest, in no particular order:

“Good gracious,” said Doug, “You’re so camp.
You look like the ultimate vamp.”
“I know,” sighed young Cliff,
“But round my midriff
This corset’s as tight as a clamp.”

—Bob Turvey, Bristol, England

Was defiantly in the wrong place
With makeup all over my face.
It’s not always wise
To wear a disguise
If boys try to get to first base.

—Ronald Vavak,Los Alamitos, California

At a party that offered a prize
For the most creative disguise
There were clowns in profusion,
And to increase confusion
There were five different girls that were guys.

—Ross Manes, Junction City, Kansas

“Where on Earth did you get that old dress?
You went to a thrift shop, I’d guess.”
“Oh, buddy, don’t mock;
I borrowed this frock
From your mom, and she likes it. Oh, yes!”

—Rudy Landesman, New York City, New York

To the clown, the fellow revealed
The identity he had concealed.
“I have to confess,
I’m a dude in a dress,
And my dance card is already filled.”

—Paxton Grant, Hightown, Virginia

The costumed event was a-buzzin’,
With pretty girls there by the dozen.
But the maiden so sweet,
The kind Mike hoped to meet,
Turned out to be Ronald, his cousin.

—Marcia Gunnett Woodard, Swayzee, Indiana

“Three proposals, four dates — this is bliss!
Life is so much more fun as a miss.
I danced tango with Bill,
What an absolute thrill!
But I still haven’t had my first kiss.”

—Anthony Holmes, Launceston, Cornwall

He wanted his costume to win
At the masquerade party again.
So he acted genteel,
And he knew it seemed real
When a dance was proposed by his twin!

—Madeline Male, Fairway, Kansas

The girl with the softest brown eyes
Provided the biggest surprise:
When asked for a date,
Pulled the wig from her pate
And proved she’s just one of the guys.
—Lee Strong, Rochester, New York

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  1. All of a sudden, I heard screaming,
    It awoke me from dreaming,

    I finally realized that it was my child,
    Acting quite wild,
    And I needed to calm and soothe him.


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