-by Scoop (October 27, 2017)
ossibly beginning during the ‘Middle Ages’ (5th – 15th century) people began the custom whereby, over time, the children of some nations would dress in various costumes and during the evening hours they’d go door to door asking the inhabitants for something they desperately wanted. What they sought changed over the years but eventually if the children didn’t receive anything that pleased them then the dwellers could face repercussions from the youngsters in search of ‘goodies’.
So Here’s The Scoop: Every year since the beginning of that tradition, what many of us call Halloween grew in popularity around the world as millions of adults also joined the festivities by (e.g.) hosting or attending costume-themed parties at friends’ homes and/or they’d visit their favorite establishments for an evening of socializing and spooky entertainment on a specific night of the year.
So trendy did the occasion become that starting in the mid-1950s some of the most popular sitcoms throughout N. America would produce and air special TV episodes during the Halloween week and some television stations would also host a marathon of frightening movies aimed at scaring the bejesus out of an audience often curled up on the couch during the evening with the lights turned off.
Even timeshare resorts enjoy the “trick or treat” activities as they adorn some of the common areas of the property with the appropriate décor and perhaps host a special ‘happening’ on the night of October 31st – motivating many of the resorts employees, owners/members, exchangers and renters to join in on the spirit of the festivities.
Which leads me to something I’ve always wanted to get off my chest about his particular occasion, which is that I firmly believe, from a selling perspective, that the (mostly) children knocking on those doors should be asking “treat or trick?” and not – “trick or treat?”
I know, ‘…a rose by any other name…’ and/or that ‘tomato/tomahto’ thingy – so I’ll now conclude this week’s Scoop and on behalf of all of us at InsideTheGate.com (ITG) wish everyone has or had a safe but hair-raising, spine-chilling and blood-curdling Halloween.
Just remember to be very careful because Halloween or not, it is still possible that “Michael Myers”, using an alias, could be your next sales guest or maybe even works with you on the sales line, in the OPC booth or, perhaps, in a management capacity…
Good Luck Out There
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