Halloween night is full of frights and fun. As you prepare your candy bowl for costumed kiddos, don’t forget that there might be some tail-waggers tagging along!
If you live in a dog-friendly city or neighborhood, consider keeping some goodies on hand to offer to any pups who are trick-or-treating with their families. Since there’s going to be lots of candy around that they shouldn’t be eating, these treats are safe way to keep them happy while they join in on the fun! Just make sure to ask if it’s alright to give Fido a snack, and make sure that no one in the family has food allergies.
(Check out these Halloween do’s and don’ts for dogs from our resident vet, Dr. Kathryn Primm.)
1. Peanut Butter Apple Treats
Canines certainly can’t have caramel apples, but these coated apples-on-a-stick are the perfect pup-sized substitute. Get the recipe here.
2. Festive Frosted Biscuits
Whip up a batch of these yummy yogurt-frosted peanut butter dog biscuits! Bonus: you can reuse the recipe for any occasion and decorate accordingly. (This recipe calls for food coloring. If you’re concerned about this ingredient, color the icing by blending in dog-friendly foods, or just leave it plain.) Get the recipe here.
3. Canine-Friendly Candy Corn
Heck, these may even be better than the real thing! Treat visiting pups to one of these oatmeal-and-wheat cookies instead of the waxy, sugary candy. Get the recipe here.
4. Pumpkin Pup Bites
Pooches love pumpkin, plus it’s good for them! (In moderation, of course.) Pass out these perfectly orange goodies, and keep the recipe for when Thanksgiving rolls around. Get the recipe here.
5. Frozen Candy Corn Nibblers
These simple layered treats are only 3 ingredients (plus an ice cube tray) and will be a refreshing snack for pooches who’ve walking around all night! Get the recipe here.
6. Burlap Barker Bags
Give your four-legged visitors a whole bag full of goodies! Pop a few nuggets into this easy-to-make drawstring bag for a few treats that can be enjoyed now and later. Get the instructions here.
Of course, you can always keep a simple box of dog treats near the door–costumed canines will enjoy them, just the same!