Connecticut school cites safety concerns in Halloween cancellations

NIANTIC, CONNECTICUT (NBC) — Lillie B. Haynes Elementary School in Connecticut is cancelling its Halloween parade and banning students from wearing costumes in school this year.

Principal Melissa Deloreto sent a letter home to parents saying the parade had been cancelled and students are not allowed to dress up.

Her reasons include safety concerns about costumes and also concerns that some children will feel excluded.

“I think it’s a little overreaction, knee-jerk,” says Shawn Prevost, who has a daughter, a nephew and two nieces in the school.

While other parents say they fully support the principal’s decision.

Tammi McGuinnigle says the town hosts more than enough Halloween activities for her 2nd grade son to take part in.

So instead, this Halloween, students will have fall-themed celebrations.