828.348.1907 Zachery@GoPrime.com
Halloween 2021: The Teal Pumpkin Project

Written by Zachery Adam

October 25, 2021

The Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween 2021: The Teal Pumpkin Project 

Are you aware of the Teal Pumpkin Project? It’s a movement to make Halloween more inclusive for children with food allergies or other conditions that make candy not an optimal choice. The idea started in 2012 when a food allergy support group director in Tennessee named Becky Basalone decided to place a teal pumpkin on her porch. Teal was already the color of food allergy awareness, and the idea was to indicate that non-food items were available at her home. The movement has caught on spreading internationally, and now homes proudly display teal pumpkins and provide non-food items for trick or treaters. Do you want to participate this year? Here are some ideas.

Get or Make a Teal Pumpkin

Teal has been the color of food allergy awareness for some time, so it seemed the natural choice for a way to signal non-food treats. To participate, all you need to do is place a teal pumpkin on your porch. There are commercially available artificial teal pumpkins, and you can find them at places like Target as whole pumpkins or carved Jack-O’Lanterns. You can also paint a real pumpkin. Spray paint in teal from your local hardware store works perfectly.

Provide Non-Food Treats

The key with The Teal Pumpkin Project is to provide treats for children with food allergies that they can enjoy. Since food allergies can cover many things, from peanuts to gluten and more, it’s best to provide non-edible treats. Small pre-packaged toys, bubbles, glow sticks, pencils, spider rings, or notebooks are great alternatives.

Alternatives to Trick or Treating

For some kids, trick or treating may not be in the cards for several reasons. It might be related to food allergies or social anxiety caused by conditions such as autism. But that doesn’t mean your kids can’t have fun on Halloween. Some alternatives can include:

Halloween Dance Party

Queue up your favorite Halloween songs and dance all night. Here’s a playlist you can create for your dance party.

  • The Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
  • Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
  • Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  • Flying Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
  • Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
  • Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
  • Nightmare on My Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  • This is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas
  • (It’s a) Monster’s Holiday by Buck Owens
  • Thriller by Michael Jackson

Halloween Movies for all Ages

Maybe a quiet night at home is a better fit for your kids. Here are some movies great for the whole family on Halloween.

  • The Addams Family (Animated)
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Coco
  • It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Fun and Safe Halloween Activities in Asheville

Asheville has always had a lot of significant events for Halloween. In years past, Vermont Avenue in West Asheville has closed the street to traffic for their Trick or Treat event. The road will not be closed to traffic this year, but many homes will still decorate and pass out candy. You can trick or treat safely throughout Asheville by following COVID-safety protocols.  

We would love to hear from you. How will you celebrate Halloween this year?

Happy Halloween from the team at GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend      Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday of September, is right around the corner. Now that many of us feel more comfortable out and about, it’s time to consider what activities you and your family can participate in over the...

read more
Honoring Father’s Day in 2021

Honoring Father’s Day in 2021

Honoring Father’s Day in 2021 While we celebrate mothers in May, June is all about dads. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th. The sun is shining, and we’re beginning to see a path out of this pandemic. So how can you show Dad how much he’s appreciated? Here are a few...

read more
National Backyard Games Week

National Backyard Games Week

Spring fever is crazy common. This year, the spring fever has lasted since 2020, and some of us are still fighting the feeling. But this week is National Backyard Games week, so even if you haven’t felt much like getting outside, this is a perfect time to get together...

read more

Recent Blogs

USDA Loans – Everything You Need to Know

USDA Loans – Everything You Need to Know

Everything You Need to Know About USDA Loans   There are many paths to homeownership in the US. One is the Section 502 Guaranteed Loan Program, also referred to as a USDA loan. In short, it assists approved lenders to provide low- and moderate-income individuals a...

Sell, Rent, Buy

Sell, Rent, Buy

Sell, Rent, Buy: Should You Sell While the Market is Hot?   The market in Asheville has been on fire this year. Some homes are selling for well over their asking price, and many are sight-unseen. Does that mean you need to strike while the iron is hot? Should you sell...

Tips for Living in Your Listed House

Tips for Living in Your Listed House

Tips for Living in Your Listed House  The housing market is hot right now, which means you may be putting your home up for sale before buying a house better suited to your lifestyle right here in Asheville. It can be nerve-wracking to try to live in a home on the...

Explore your options

Explore Your Options

As a first-time homebuyer, you may believe that you have to get your loan through a bank or credit union. But that’s not the case. An independent mortgage lender often provides more options than a bank can. Shop around. See who gives you the best deal on a mortgage loan that’s right for your circumstances. You may be surprised.

Get Pre-Qualified

Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage loan is the best first step to take when you want to buy your first home.

Mortgage Calculator

To get a quick, down-and-dirty — and completely unofficial and nonbinding — idea of what your monthly mortgage payment would be based on the cost of a house.

16 Mortgage Tips

Get good, professional advice for what to do and what not to do when you’re seeking to buy your first home.

Mortgage Document Checklist

When applying for a mortgage loan, you may need reams of financial records. Or not. It’s different for everyone. Here is a complete list to give you an idea.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mortgages

Everyone has questions when it comes to buying a house and applying for a mortgage loan. This page answers the most common questions people have.

Homebuyer’s Guide

Law requires that you be provided with this monstrous document when you apply for a loan. Here is a helpful summary of its contents.

Mortgage Glossary

As you explore down the rabbit hole of mortgage loans, you inevitably will find terms and acronyms that you don’t understand. Look here for help.

Mortgage Loan Products

While some lenders push specific mortgage loan products because it’s best for them, GoPrime Mortgage, Inc. takes the time to find the mortgage that’s best for you.

GoPrime Mortgage, Inc. offers a wide range of mortgage loan types. To understand the differences, read this page and then talk to Zachery Adam and his Team.

Zachery Adam

Zachery Adam

Branch Manager, Loan Officer

"What we do is so far more important than lending and buying houses. We are in the business of facilitating dreams and honoring the start of a new home.” 

Teona Rodriguez

Teona Rodriguez

Marketing

"“I wake up every morning with incredible appreciation. I love what I do.” ” 

Jordynn Webb

Jordynn Webb

Loan Officer Assistant

"My eventual goal is to become a loan officer. I love working within the community and being a part of the GoPrime Mortgage team.” 

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!