1. What’s your pumpkin-carving style?
A. I choose the perfect pumpkin, create an original design on paper, create a template, and then cut the pumpkin very precisely and painstakingly.
B. I dig the plastic pumpkin out of the back of the hall closet and blow most of the dust off.
C. I don’t decorate for Halloween.
D. I carve my start-up company’s logo into the pumpkin, then take pictures and post to all my social-media sites. It’s a festive decoration and free advertising.
E. I enjoy carving faces.
2. What’s your approach to distributing Halloween candy?
A. I engage each child in conversation to determine whether their treats need to be gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or sugar-free.
B. I point at the candy bowl and say “help yourself.”
C. I turn off the porch light and don’t answer the door.
D. When parents come to the door with their children, I invite them in for a drink and a marketing presentation.
E. I make sure everyone gets what they deserve.
3. It’s two days before Halloween. What last-minute supplies do you buy?
A. None. I’ve already carved my jack-o-lantern, sewn homemade costumes for my children, put up decorations, and bought a carefully-selected assortment of candy.
B. A few bags of fun-sized candies to replace the ones I bought last weekend but ate already. And some beer.
C. Blackout curtains and a “No Solicitors” sign for my front door.
D. None. I’ve already picked up the candies that I had custom-wrapped my company’s logo and web address.
E. Extra-large garbage bags, duct tape, an area rug, and a shovel.
4. Halloween is a good time to …
A. Impress the neighbors.
B. Eat candy.
C. Turn out the lights and hide in the dark.
D. Network with people from the neighborhood.
E. Dispose of a body.
Happy Halloween! If you’re looking for last-minute advice, you may find some of these older posts useful:
For costume ideas, why not try some of these Reese’s-themed fashions?
Don’t want to spend the evening handing out candy? Try some of these alternate candy distribution methods
And it’s always a good idea to follow these simple Halloween safety tips
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