3 Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Introducing your children to Halloween traditions can be so exciting — fun costumes, trick or treating, pumpkin carving, school parades!
The downside? Sugar.
Luckily, we’ve got 3 tips for you on how to have a healthier Halloween, without losing the sweet spirit of spooky season.

(plus, scroll down for a bonus activity!)

1. Set expectations

Make sure any adults (spouse, grandparents, aunts & uncles, friends) who will be participating in Halloween festivities are all aligned so that there isn’t any confusion around any boundaries you’ve decided to set around candy gifting and consumption.

Talk to your child about Halloween, candy, and all the other fun things about the holiday, so they understand what to expect and can be excited about it, regardless of how your family decides to approach candy’s involvement.

2. Promote healthy habits

Raising a healthy eater is all about balance. Scare tactics about how bad candy is or being too restrictive can set your child up for downfalls later on. Instead of focusing on the negatives, lean into the positives of nutritious food and mindful eating! 

At school

Send your child to school with healthy options to balance out any sugary treats that may be available to them in class. We love Cerebelly’s smart bars for this, as they’re delicious, top 8 allergen-free, & school-friendly. 

Before trick-or-treating

Be sure to have a hearty, nutritious dinner to fuel up for a night of trick or treating! This way you’ll know your child will be full of nutrients going into the night. 

After Halloween

Getting trick-or-treat candy can feel like a real accomplishment to a Halloween newbie. After sorting through their Halloween treasure for anything you would not feel comfortable giving them, set guidelines around how and when they can enjoy their candy.

Remember — everything in moderation! 

3. Make it fun! 

Just because it’s good for you, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Dress up healthy treats in the Halloween spirit to make the better-for-you snacks just as fun as candy.

Need inspiration? We have two easy ideas for you to get brain-supporting nutrients into the Halloween treat rotation!

Get our recipe for Brainy Gummies and see how to make Mummified Cerebelly Treats inspired by @seevanessacraft  below!

Cerebelly Brainy Gummies

These alternatives to sugary candy are a fun Halloween snack made from their favorite puree! Watch the recipe video on Instagram.

What you’ll need:
  • 1 Cerebelly puree pouch –  use your child’s favorite flavor!
  • 1/2 Tbsp of beef gelatin
  • A silicone mold, ice cube tray, or shallow glass dish
Directions:
  1. Squeeze the pouch contents into to a small saucepan.
  2. Sprinkle the beef gelatin evenly on top and let sit for about 2 minutes.
  3. Place the pot on the stove, turn on the heat to medium, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Turn off the stove and pour the mixture into molds. 
  5. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.
  6. Serve & enjoy!
Smart tip: Have fun with shapes by using brain or pumpkin molds for toddlers, or cut into finger shapes for safe teething for littler ones.

Cerebelly Mummy Bars

Perfect for parties or trick-or-treating as a healthy & allergen-free treat. This craft idea was inspired by @seevanessacraft.

What you’ll need:
  • Your favorite Cerebelly pouches or bars
  • White crepe paper (Tip: If you can’t find this, a fresh new roll of toilet paper works!)
  • A bunch of googly eyes (you’ll need two per pouch!)
  • A pair of safety scissors
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Clear tape
  • Optional: Stock paper & markers! 
How to make them:
  1. Grab your favorite Cerebelly treats.
  2. Starting at the top, carefully wrap the paper around your Cerebelly treat, making sure to have enough to create overlaps. (If you are using toilet paper, you may want to trim it in half so it is closer in width to crepe paper).
  3. Once you reach the bottom of the pouch or bar, secure with tape.
  4. Make two dots of glue towards the top of your treat.
  5. Allow the glue to sit for about 10 seconds so it gets tacky and then top each with a googly eye on each glue dot.
  6. Repeat steps 1-6 until all of your Cerebelly treats are mummified!
  7. If you’d like, write a cute Halloween message on stock paper squares to attach to each one. 
  8. Arrange them in a bowl to pass out at school or on trick-or-treat night!