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Signs Demand Residents Distribute Food Allergy Friendly Candy

The Short of It

In one Connecticut town, bright orange signs insist that homeowners don't distribute Halloween candy containing nuts, gluten or dairy so as not to exclude any kids with food allergies.

The Lowdown

The signs posted in New Britain read: "Attention parents: My son has severe allergies and comes home every year devastated that he can't eat any candy he's collected at your homes while trick-or-treating. Don't exclude my child or any other child from the fun."

Instead, the sign asks parents to supply candy and treats everyone can enjoy, such as Smarties, Lifesavers, Lemon Drops, Necco Wafers, carrots and raisins—but not Raisinets.

The issue of kids who suffer from food allergies not being able to enjoy many traditional Halloween candies is nothing new. Last year, food allergy friendly homes could be identified by the teal pumpkin placed outside, a trend that's continuing this year. But being limited to only certain trick-or-treating options apparently isn't enough for the orange sign poster, whose identity is unknown.

The Upshot

It's understandable that a parent of a child who suffers from food allergies is upset. Halloween should be inclusive of every child. Perhaps the solution could be for homeowners to offer traditional candies but also a peanut-free alternative? And parents of kids with several food restrictions should have safe candy waiting back at home, and while out trick-or-treating, they can try to shift the focus to the fun of being dressed up with friends and "haunting" the neighborhood on the year's spookiest night!

Will you be rethinking your treats to hand out this Halloween?

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