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Halloween is almost upon us, which means bowls upon bowls loaded with chocolates and candies. But, should you be stashing those treats from Ricco and Rover? Absolutely!

  • Remember, candies and chocolates are treats for humans, but they can be toxic for your pets.
  • From pupcakes and puppuccinos to FroYo bites and peanut butter treats, there’s a wide variety of dog-friendly Halloween snacks that will get their tails wagging!

We’re nearing that time of year, when there’s magic in the air and ghosts and goblins come to play. We’re talking about Halloween on October’s final day. And when it comes to getting into costumes and indulging in festive treats, your pet doesn’t have to be left behind.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite recipes for dog Halloween treats that are sure to get their tails wagging. From healthy homemade dog biscuits to easy-to-make pupcakes, it will be love at first bite.

So, Witch Way to the Treats?

There is no better time than Halloween to try out some new, creative recipes for homemade dog treats. But if you’re asking, “are homemade dog treats safe for dogs“, the answer is yes.

As long as they’re made with dog-safe ingredients!

You can even tailor the ingredients to your pup’s specific dietary needs or preferences. Plus, they won’t feel bad about not being allowed to dig into that candy basket!

In the words of Quora user and dog owner Abhishek Joshi, “Some people choose to make homemade dog treats because they are concerned about the health and safety of their pet, and want to know exactly what ingredients are going into their food. Others simply enjoy the process of cooking and baking, and find that making homemade dog treats is a fun and rewarding experience.”

I couldn’t agree more. So, whether you’re looking for something quick and easy to whip up or want to test your baking skills, this article has you covered. Here are a few recipes for homemade Halloween dog treats your pup is sure to love.

 

Pumpkin Spice Puppuccinos

This is for those days when you find yourself wondering, “What can I make my dog for a treat?” but don’t have enough time for something too complicated. Like us, dogs love Pumpkin-flavored everything, and it’s a great treat to enjoy during the fall season.

If you’re looking for a simple treat to make for your pet – these Pumpkin Spice Puppuccinos are it! Made with just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand, these tasty drinks will definitely get tails wagging.

This recipe by Lola the Pitty even uses Starbucks’ sample-sized cups for that coffee-shop feel.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut, almond, or goat milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour into a cup or freeze into cubes for a fun, festive treat!

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Candy Corn Dog Treats

What’s Halloween without candy corn? This classic, tri-colored treat is synonymous with the spooky holiday. But did you know that candy corn is poisonous to dogs?

The sugar content in candy corn can cause an upset stomach, and xylitol, a natural sweetener found in some brands, can be lethal to dogs.

So, what’s a dog-lover to do? Make your own candy corn dog treats, of course!

I’ve found these homemade candy corn popsicles from Live Eat Learn the perfect solution. Made with just four ingredients, including some candy corn-shaped silicone molds — these frozen treats are a big hit with my dog. And the best part? They’re completely natural and wholesome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 mashed banana
  • Candy corn silicone molds (or any other shape!)
  • Edible sticks like dog treats, carrots, or celery

Instructions:

  • Fill the bottom ⅓ of each popsicle mold with yogurt, making sure to wipe away any excess from the sides as you go to prevent streaking between layers.
  • Fill the container a little more than 1/3 of the way with pumpkin puree.
  • Add mashed banana until it reaches about 3/4 full, leaving some extra space at the top for them to expand later.
  • Insert an edible stick into each.
  • Freeze for 3-4 hours or until solid.
  • To release, pop each one out of the mold and enjoy!

“With Halloween coming up, some spooky dog treats would make an awesome gift for your loved ones with furry friends.”- Tiffany Forster, Marketing Strategist.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

What treats are irresistible to dogs? Those with peanut butter, of course! This fall-inspired twist on a classic dog biscuit is sure to be a hit with dogs of all ages.

These Halloween cookies for dogs from For the Love of Cooking are made with just four ingredients, including some all-natural peanut butter.

They’re easy to make and can even be stored in the freezer for any unexpected four-legged guests. So, whether you’re looking for a last-minute treat or want to get a head start on your holiday baking — try out these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter (double-check that there’s no Xylitol)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Set a baking sheet on the counter and cover it with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the flour, peanut butter, and pumpkin puree in a medium bowl.
  • Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes.
  • Place the treats on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Cool and serve.

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Apple Crunch Pupcakes

Next on our list of Halloween dog treats recipes are these Apple Crunch Pupcakes from the blog CandiQuick.

Made with simple ingredients, including some unsweetened applesauce and whole wheat flour, these pupcakes are sure to be a hit with even the pickiest of eaters. And for an added touch of holiday cheer, you can top them with a candy pumpkin or ghost made out of dog-friendly icing.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped apple

(For the icing)

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch, rice flour, or potato flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • Pet-safe food coloring (you can choose any color you want)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together water, vanilla extract, applesauce, egg, and honey.
  • Take a separate mixing container, combine the flour and baking powder.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until well combined.
  • Add in the chopped apples.
  • Divide the batter evenly among prepared muffin cups and bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before icing.
  • To make the icing, whisk together cornstarch, water, honey, and food coloring until smooth.
  • Spread or pipe icing on cooled cupcakes, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pumpkin Carrot FroYo Bites For Dogs

These Pumpkin Carrot FroYo Bites from Sparkles and Sunshine are not just Halloween treats but also perfect dog treats for those hot summer days that just don’t seem to end.

Made with just three ingredients – plain yogurt, carrots, and pumpkin puree, these frozen dog treats can even be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer.

Just like the Candy Corn recipe, I recommend using edible sticks instead of popsicle sticks to avoid any potential choking hazards.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded or grated
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Edible sticks (dog treats, carrot sticks, or celery)

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined.
  • Pour mixture into popsicle molds, insert sticks, and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  • To release the popsicles, run the mold under warm water for a few seconds and then gently pull on the stick until the popsicle loosens. Serve immediately.

pumpkin Halloween dog treats

Pumpkin Oat Dog Biscuits

If you’re wondering, “Do we really need another pumpkin recipe?” The answer is yes, of course!

Pumpkin is not only packed with fiber and vitamins, but it’s also a natural dog dewormer.

So if your pup has been having some tummy trouble lately, these Pumpkin Oat Dog Biscuits from Bake at Midnite might just be what it needs.

Made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and pumpkin puree, these dog biscuits are not just healthy but super easy to make too.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2-4 tbsp. water

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Set aside a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, oats, and pumpkin puree until well combined. Add water, 1 tbsp. at a time until the dough is moist but not too wet.
  • Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and use a dog bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits.
  • Place biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Day Of The Dead: Dog Biscuits

While their name does sound gruesome, these dog biscuits from Golden Daily Scoop are simply delish and are the perfect way to get a Halloween pawty started. They are super festive and made with naturally grain-free ingredients — ideal for dogs with allergies or sensitivities. Plus, they’re shaped like little skulls for that spook factor!

Ensure you stock up on some Day of the Dead silicone molds. These can be found online or at your local party store. If they’re hard to find, fret not. Just let your imagination run wild.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Instructions:

  • Using three separate bowls, mix greek yogurt and coconut oil, pumpkin and cinnamon, then banana and honey.
  • Spoon each mixture as a separate layer, freezing for 30 minutes between each layer. You can mix up the order of the layers if you like!
  • Once all the layers are frozen, pop out of the mold and enjoy!

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Frozen Blueberry Skull Dog Treats

Here’s another spooktacular treat for your furry friend. And you can make them in a jiffy. This Frozen Blueberry Skull Dog Treats from Golden Daily Scoop are made with just two ingredients – blueberries and plain yogurt!

You can also switch the blueberries for other dog-safe fruits, like strawberries, apples, or watermelon. Just be sure to use a dog-safe yogurt, like plain greek yogurt, to avoid tummy troubles.

Making these dog treats will require skull-shaped silicone molds, which can be found online or at a local craft store. However, you can still make these using any shape or even an ice cube tray.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

Instructions:

  • Mix blueberries and yogurt in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into molds and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  • To release treats, run the mold under warm water for a few seconds and then gently pull on the skull until it pops out. Serve immediately.

dog treats

A lot of these dog Halloween treats’ recipes are human-friendly as well, so if you feel like it, there’s no harm in whipping up a batch for yourself, too. Just be sure to use dog-safe ingredients (no chocolate, raisins, grapes, or avocados) if you plan on sharing.

These Halloween Dog Treats use little to no sugar, so they might not be as sweet as you’re used to. But your dog will love them just the same.

And last but not least, always supervise your dog while they’re enjoying their treats. Too many of these treats are not a good idea, even if they are homemade and healthy. When it comes to dog treats, a little goes a long way!

Happy Howl-idays!

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A digital marketing expert by profession, Andrews is a gifted writer and animal lover at heart. A self-confessed "pawrent", Andrews is well-versed in all things dogs. He uses his years of experience of raising puppies into show-quality dogs to help guide first-time pet parents. He believes in spreading the joy that comes with being a dog dad and advocates more families to adopt pets.