Get ready to delight your pup this Halloween with homemade Halloween dog treats that are as festive as they are delicious!
Our Halloween themed dog treats are a paw-some way to join in the spooky spirit while pampering your pup. With just a few simple ingredients, these tail-wagging goodies will have your canine companion howling for more!
Whether your pup is joining the trick-or-treating fun or simply deserves a special snack, this Halloween dog treat recipe is sure to add an extra wag to their tail – because nothing says “Happy Howl-oween” like a batch of homemade Halloween dog cookies made with love!
This article is based on research and personal experience as a Vizsla owner. I’m not a qualified dog trainer, Vet or dog behaviourist.
Why You Need To Make These Homemade Halloween Dog Treats
We all love to include our pets in the spooky celebrations and these homemade Halloween treats for dogs are such a quick and easy way to treat your dog.
They are perfect for rewarding your pup after they’ve endured a photo session in their Halloween costume and treating them when they head out trick or treating with you.
Plus they are perfect for Halloween treat bags for dogs – gift them to your friends and neighbours or even hand them out to the furry trick or treaters who come to your door.
Homemade dog treats are simply the best way to treat your dog – with all natural ingredients and no preservatives you know exactly what you are feeding your dog with homemade treats.
And don’t worry if you’re not a confident baker – this DIY Halloween dog treat recipe is really simple to follow. And let’s be honest, our dogs are NOT going to care what they look like!
Shapes like pumpkins, ghosts, bones and skeletons are fun for Halloween, but I guarantee your pup will love them regardless of their shape.
Halloween Dog Treat Recipe Ingredients
You really don’t need many ingredients to make these fun Halloween shaped dog treats.
- Pumpkin puree – canned or freshly steamed pumpkin mash. If buying canned, check it is 100% pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix.
- Whole wheat flour – I like to use whole wheat flour (wholemeal flour) as it contains more fibre, vitamins and minerals than regular flour.
- Peanut butter – all natural peanut butter is best for dogs. Always check the ingredients to ensure it does not include Xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
- Eggs – essential to help bind the mixture before rolling.
You can find the exact measurements and detailed steps in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
How To Make Homemade Dog Treats For Halloween
I step through the high level steps for making these pumpkin peanut butter dog treats below to give you an overview of the process.
Be sure to head to the recipe card at the bottom when you’re ready to bake for all the detailed steps.
In a large bowl mix the pumpkin puree, eggs and peanut butter until combined.
Add the flour and mix until combined. If the mixture seems very sticky add a little more flour, but remember you will probably add some flour when rolling, so don’t add too much more.
Next you want to lightly flour your rolling surface and tip your dough out onto the floured surface.
Lightly sprinkle your dough and rolling pin with flour then roll the dough out to about 1/2″ thick (1.5cm).
Using your Halloween cutters (or any cutter for other times of year), cut your cookies out of the dough and place them on your lined cookie sheet / baking tray.
You want to place cookies that are of similar size on the one tray so they cook at the same rate.
If you have two different sized cutters, split the cookies onto two trays.
Keep rolling out any leftover dough until you’ve used it all to make your cookies.
Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden.
Remove from the oven, leave for 10 minutes to cool then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool before giving to your dog.
How To Serve DIY Halloween Treats For Dogs
Of course the best way to serve these homemade doggie treats is right after they cool! I recommend giving your dog only a couple at a time.
You can also make cute little Halloween treat bags for dogs. Put a few dog biscuits in each treat bag to gift to your friends and neighbours’ dogs or to treat dogs trick or treating with their owners!
How To Store Halloween Dog Biscuits
Store any left over dog cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Be sure the container is out of reach of your pup, who may just decide they’d like a few more when you’re not looking!
If you live in a humid hot area, the container is best stored in the fridge. Otherwise it is fine stored in the pantry.
You can also freeze the treats in freezer safe containers or bags for up to 6 months.
I recommend defrosting them before serving them to your dog. Note they may not be as crunchy when defrosted.
Halloween Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe FAQ
Yes you can substitute all purpose flour for whole wheat flour if your dog does not suffer from any allergies. If unsure, always check with your Vet before giving new foods to your dog.
Yes, you can freeze these pumpkin Halloween treats. If you have leftover treats, simply store them in a freezer safe container for up to 6 months.
The quantity will vary depending on the size of the cutter used. You should get around 48 small treats using a 2″ cutter and 24 with a large 4″ cutter.
Before You Go
Looking for more Halloween ideas for your dog? Read our guide to the best Halloween dog costumes
And if your pup enjoyed this homemade pumpkin dog treats recipe, they may also like these Easy frozen strawberry banana dog treats.
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- 1 can pure pumpkin puree (15 oz / 425g)
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter (note 1)
- 3 cups whole wheat (wholemeal) flour (note 2)
- 2 eggs
- Extra flour for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C (160°C fan) and line a large sheet pan / baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs until combined. Add flour and stir until just combined.
- Lightly flour your rolling surface and rolling pin, tip the dough out of the bowl and roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick.
- Cut the cookies with your Halloween shaped cookie cutters and place onto your lined tray, leaving a little space between.
- Re-roll any leftover dough and cut more cookies.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes (depending on cookie size) or until golden.
- Remove tray from oven, leave for 10 minutes to cool then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
- Do not use peanut butter that contains xylitol as it is toxic to dogs.
- Regular all purpose flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour.
- Rolling your dough - if your dough is very sticky, sprinkle with a few tablespoons of flour before rolling.
- Cook time - small treats will cook faster than large ones, so put all cookies of the same size on one tray.
- Yield - the number of cookies will vary depending on the size of the cutter used. You should get around 48 small treats using a 2" (5cm) cutter and 24 large treats with a 4" (10 cm) cutter.
- Storage - Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or store in the freezer in a freezer safe container for up to 6 months. Defrost before giving to your dog.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
Please note that nutrition information is a computer generated estimate and should not be interpreted as a dietitian's advice. Values can vary greatly among brands, amounts and ingredients used.