"His heart did a candy corn flip"

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

Our local newspaper has a columinist named Sam Venable who writes some of the funniest stuff you've ever read.

This mornings Halloween column was funnier than usual though.

*** WARNING *** Don't be sipping on any sort of beverage when you get to the end unless you want to clean off your screen. 

Click here to read all about The candy corn flip 

"It was about 10 o'clock and the few trick-or-treaters had trailed off," Harold recalled. "Ada went to the laundry room to run a load of wash. She told me to listen for the door and give out candy."

Sure enough, the bell rang. Basket in hand, Harold walked to the door and opened it. Outside stood a lone visitor, clad in a long coat and a paper bag mask."

And of course tonight is Halloween so be ready for all the little ghosts and goblins that will be visiting your house.

There's still time to make your candy and treats work for you.

Every Halloween I get a box of 100 sandwich baggies and put several pieces of candy in there along with 2 of my business cards. I give out pretty good stuff too such as minature candy bars, bubble gum, Tootsie Rolls, etc., with about 5 pieces in each bag.

There's two reasons:

  1. I see the business card as sort of a "seal of approval" on the candy because it's readily apparent where it came from.
  2. And more importantly to me, I think it could be a source of business.  Think about it; mommy & daddy are going to be going through juniors candy looking for dangerous stuff and they come across your baggie with the business cards. "Hmmmm they think, that's pretty nice of ol Jim to give out such great candy and identify where it comes from so we don't have to worry."  "By golly, we've been thinking about buying that bigger house so I'm calling Jim tomorrow."

Read Venable's column; it's guaranteed to at least make you smile if not burst out laughing.......but, watch that beverage and be sure to put it down before reading or you'll be looking for a paper towel and some screen cleaner.

Happy Halloween! 


Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Bruce Erickson
Century 21 Judge Fite - Mesquite - Mesquite, TX
Now I am looking forward to tonight!  Hope .. Hope
Oct 30, 2006 11:46 PM #1
Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC
that's a good idea, jim-as long as you give out the GOOD candy and not the toothbrushes or apples. =)
Oct 30, 2006 11:56 PM #2
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Great idea, Jim.  Trick or treat was last night here, but I might just steal your idea for next year though!

Thanks for sharing it!

Oct 31, 2006 12:46 AM #3
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City
Yep, I tried that, and it works.
Oct 31, 2006 01:13 AM #4
Tyler Wedel
that is good
Oct 31, 2006 04:17 AM #5
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Now that is a fun wife !

As for the marketing- I am mixed about it. I have seen dentist give out brushes,Balloons with ads, crayon boxes with logos, a local office gave all kids in the schools under 3rd grade bags with emergency numbers..I wouldnt go that far. Glow sticks are good for the younger kids-with your card attached??maybe not. Maybe a good place to recycle magnets that are expiring in Dec.

Hey, maybe I'll just dress like a Realtor and wear my name badge- hand out Homes Magazines to the parents! Yeah!

Or Wine coolers to the neighborhood parents with my logo coozie..they are walking right! ?

Oct 31, 2006 05:19 AM #6
marti garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...
Hey Jim I think that is a great idea, verification of where the candy came from yet a subtle way to contact people, we never know where our next client will come from. Who says marketing has to be boring? Nice way to stand out from the crowd.
Oct 31, 2006 06:43 AM #7
John Pedicino
5 Star Properties Group (John Pedicino, Security Realty) - Cape Coral, FL
I ws wondering today if the very idea might be seen as "tacky" but decided to try it anyway. Thanks for the validation !!
Oct 31, 2006 09:52 AM #8
Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
I'd heard the Ada story when it first came out.  I laughed then and also now.  I like the business card idea for the safety of the candy.  Just make sure none of your candy is tainted!  ;-)
Oct 31, 2006 02:33 PM #9
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

That's cute.

Now, an old tradition in an old neighborhood was that after the children finished "Trick or Treating" we'd go to neighbors and go "Trick or Drinking".

Oct 31, 2006 09:49 PM #10
John Willis
None - Versailles, IN

Hilarious story.  Thanks for the link.

I'm with Sharon, 25 years ago when I lived in Baltimore our entire subdivision was one big party.  I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, the kids or the adults. 

Nov 01, 2006 04:12 AM #11
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