How does your company celebrate Halloween?

John G. Swanson
October 3, 2007

The Talk, Page 2...

Survey Results for 10/03/2007:

How does your company celebrate Halloween?

We don't—it's just another workday.





A few people might work in a costume.





We all wear costumes and celebrate the holiday.





Most of us dress up; someone usually brings some cider.





Okay, Halloween’s not a big deal at window and door companies. For nearly two thirds of you, it will be just another day at work. I do hope someone at your location goes and buys a few bags of candy, however. If nothing else, Halloween’s a good excuse to eat a couple of Snickers bars.

For those of you who work where people do dress up, I thought I’d offer a couple of costume suggestions (not that I’m very good at such things). The last time I dressed up—senior year of college—all I did was carry a dictionary and some graph paper and put a pencil behind my ear. Believe it or not, those who knew of one of my little obsessions quickly identified me as Eugene T. Maleska, then the crossword puzzle editor of the New York Times. So here are my equally lame (but easy) suggestions for window and door people:

  • Want to scare the top execs? Wear a suit and go as a construction defect attorney.
  • If you don’t have a suit, find a lab coat and carry a hose and say you’re a forensic window tester.
  • If you want to scare everyone else at the company, wear a suit and say you’re a private equity investor.
I guess most of you will have a fairly ordinary day like me, punctuated at the end with either trailing behind my son as he goes trick-or-treating or answering the doorbell a few times when you get home. Maybe I’ll get ambitious. The announcement just went out about the National Glass Association’s annual costume contest—and even those who work away from the Virginia office, as I do, are eligible. Since all I have to do is throw on a costume and email a photo, maybe I can come up with something.

What do you think of the idea of me putting on a headset and saying I’m a replacement window telemarketer?

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