As children you can always remember visiting a joke shop. You may have been lucky enough to have had one in the town you lived in or it may have been when visiting an English Seaside Resort. Either way they have always been a children’s favourite. Even in Harry Potter there is a joke shop that sells jokes and tricks. It’s called Zonko’s Joke Shop. Unfortunately it closes down in the Half-Blood Prince. Fred and George had planned to buy the shop, but decide against it when Hogwarts’ students are banned from visiting Hogsmeade.
April Fool’s Day on 1st April annually brings a lot of extra visits to the joke shop by people in search of a perfect gag to play on their friends and colleagues.
So popular that even Madness had a song the included references to a joke shop. It was called House of Fun and released in 1982.