"Halloween is one of my least favorite holidays," says Becky Hayes of East Granby, the mother of two small girls with food allergies. But, now, folks are showing support by setting out treats that are safe for everyone alongside a brightly colored teal pumpkin, the symbol of a "safe house."
Often, parties include candy that contains nuts or dairy products. And there's no guarantee what the children will receive while trick-or-treating when it's nearly impossible to check labels for ingredients in the dark.
"It hurts my heart to see my kids not be able to partake in things all the other kids can," says Hayes.