That spooktacular time of year is almost upon us and these homemade Halloween dog treats will let your pooch get in on all the fun. From spiders to skulls and pumpkins galore, these treats are playful, nutritious and best of all, delicious!
When it comes to the best dog treats, a quick scan of the supermarket shelves shows there’s plenty of options to choose from, but while these make for a great everyday reward, holiday-themed homemade dog treats can elevate these doggy favorites to something truly special.
If you’re anything like most pet parents, you may worry about whether giving your dog treats is a good idea, but rest assured, as long as the most nutritious dog food forms the bulk of your dog’s daily diet, there’s nothing wrong with giving them a treat here and there.
So, indulge your hound this Halloween and give em’ pumpkin to talk about by whipping up a batch or two of our favorite Halloween dog treats.
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Pumpkin spice dog treats
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 1½ cups canned pumpkin puree
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup cooked sweet potato, mashed or riced
- 4 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- 2½ cups coconut flour
- 1½ cups rice flour
- 1½ cups almond meal
- Raw pepitas
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil and xanthan gum.
- Add in the pumpkin, applesauce, sweet potato, eggs and pumpkin spice and whisk until smooth.
- Fold in the flours and almond meal with a spatula and then knead with your hands until the dough is thoroughly mixed.
- Shape the dough into a couple disks and cover in plastic wrap.
- Chill dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 250F
- Roll dough out to a thickness of 1/4 inch between two pieces of parchment paper.
- Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter.
- Place cutouts on parchment lined cookie sheets.
- Bake for two hours, rotating the pans every 30 minutes.
- Turn the oven to a warm setting and open the door slightly to vent.
- Dry dog treats until they have a good snap broken in half.
- Place treats in a few airtight containers, freezing some for later.
- To make the dog bones with pepitas, roll out dough to 3/8 thickness, then sprinkle dough with seeds and roll to 1/4 inch and cut out shapes with a metal cookie cutter.
- To make pumpkins, stick pepitas into the stem and make faces with a straw and wooden skewer.
Recipe via vintagekitty.com
Skull and crossbone frozen treats
- 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
- 1-2 cups kale leaves
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- Blend together 1/2 cup yogurt and blueberries.
- Pour mixture into molds.
- Blend together the remaining yogurt and kale.
- Pour mixture into molds.
- Freeze for 2 -3 hours.
Recipe via beaglesandbargains.com
Halloween pumpkin peanut butter dog treats
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Milk-Bone Flavor Treats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter and salt until fully incorporated.
- Shape dough into a large ball shape.
- Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll.
- Use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut out pumpkin cookie shapes.
- Gather the remaining dough and re-roll. Use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Repeat until all dough is used up.
- Bake cookie shapes in a preheated oven for 40 minutes.
- Remove cookies from oven.
- Cool cookies on a cookie rack until completely cool to touch.
- Use a little peanut butter to adhere a Milk-Bone Flavor Treat to the top of the pumpkin cookie.
Recipe via ruralmom.com
Halloween spider dog treats
Ingredients for the base:
- 1 C flour plus a little bit to coat the cutting board
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ C almond butter
- 1 tbsp honey
- ¼ C milk
- ¼ C chicken stock
Ingredients for the icing:
- 1½ tsp meringue powder
- ½ C sugar
- ¾ C warm water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a standing mixer or large bowl, combine all base ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
- Dust the cutting board with flour.
- Roll out the dough to 1 inch thick
- Using a spider cookie cutter or any Halloween cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Beat the icing ingredients until they form a stiff peak
- Split icing into two bowls and add purple food coloring to one and green food coloring to the bowls.
- Add coloring icing to piping bags fitted with a #2 tip.
- Outline a few spiders in the green icing and a few spiders in the purple
- Fill in with the opposite colors.
- Take the green icing and add two lines going down the middle of the cookies.
- Using a toothpick, swirl the lines to make a swirl.
- Let dry for 2 hours before giving it to your furry family members
Recipe via dogvills.com
Triple layer Day of the Dead dog treats
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- ½ cup pure pumpkin
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 tbsp honey
- Combine 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt with a tablespoon of coconut oil and spoon into the mold and place in freezer for 30 minutes or until firm.
- Stir in 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and spoon on top of the frozen yogurt layer. Place back in freezer for another 30 minutes or until firm.
- Blend one mashed banana with 1 tbl. honey and spoon on top of the pumpkin layer. Place back in freezer for 30 minutes or until firm.
- Once all the layers are completely firm - time to pop them out.
Recipe via goldendailyscoop.com
Kathryn is a freelance writer with a passion for creating health and wellness, travel and wildlife content. Originally from New Zealand, her nomadic lifestyle has her currently fur baby-less. She scratches her pet parent itch by stealing frequent cuddles with any neighbourhood cat kind enough to indulge her.
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