Fuck you Fliers Ask New Britain Neighbors To Hand Out "Allergy-Conscious" Items During Halloween NEW BRITAIN — Should families stop handing out Halloween goodies that have nuts, dairy products or gluten? Victoria Road residents are talking with each other about that question because of the flurry of fliers that appeared in their neighborhood this week. "This Halloween, practice responsible parenting and do not distribute candy containing nuts of any kind, gluten or dairy," say the anonymous fliers that recently showed up stapled to utility poles. The flier advises residents to hand out "allergy-conscious" items such as raisins, Lifesavers or carrot sticks instead. "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," the flier says. "Don't exclude my child or any other child from the fun." An anonymous parent used a flier to ask neighbors to consider raisins, Lifesavers or carrot sticks for trick-or-treaters this Halloween. The fliers had been removed Wednesday afternoon. The flier reflects some of the ways that Halloween has become more complicated than it was just a few decades ago, when youngsters commonly gathered Zagnut bars, Kit Kats, peanut M&Ms and the like in a night of trick-or-treating. Now one in 13 American children has a food allergy, according to Food Allergy Research and Education Inc., a not-for-profit organization that advocates for sufferers. "Even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction," its website says. "Many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are some of the most common allergens in children and adults. Additionally, many miniature or fun-size versions of candy items contain different ingredients than their full-size counterparts and some miniature candy items may not have labels, so it is difficult for parents to determine whether these items are safe." Major manufacturers maintain online lists of their gluten-free candies, and Hershey's website advises parents to check all wrappers to determine whether allergens such as peanuts are ingredients or could have come into contact with the product. Food Allergy Research and Education says its "Teal Pumpkin Project" has more than 100,000 homes participating this year. The homeowners put a teal-colored pumpkin outside, and offer non-food treats — small toys, glow bracelets, decorative stickers — in a separate bowl from the candy. "You can either ask trick-or-treaters if they have any food allergies, or give every visitor a choice of which treat they'd like: candy or a non-food item," the organization advises. Susan Johnson, a retired New Britain teacher who lives in the Victoria Road neighborhood, said she witnessed changes in attitude toward candy and other goodies in the classroom during her career. "Thirty-five years ago, parents would bring in cupcakes for a birthday. But now it's different — they'd be asked to bring healthy snacks instead, something without too much sugar," Johnson said. "We got a special peanut-free table (in the cafeteria)." Because she's seen allergic children react to the presence of peanuts, Johnson hasn't distributed candy with nuts for years. She said she recognizes that the fliers were probably posted by a concerned parent, but added that there's no substitute for careful examination of all trick-or-treat goodies when a child gets home. "They used to talk about razor blades in apples. Ultimately, every parent is responsible for their child," she said. "You have to look at the wrappers."