Fall is in the air and Halloween is just around the corner. We are all indulging in spooky and delicious treats this time of year, and there is no reason your pet shouldn’t be included in the fun.

While pets probably shouldn’t share in the trick-or-treat bag (chocolate, artificially sweetened candies and gums, and raisins can be dangerous), there are plenty of nutritious and fun Halloween pet treats to share this Howl-o-ween.

Share the Pumpkin Love

Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin pastas: This time of year is filled with love for this big orange squash. Pumpkin actually is a great source of fiber and beta carotene for pets, so your pet can also partake in the pumpkin frenzy this Halloween.

Pumpkin seeds – If you’re roasting up a batch of pumpkin seeds after carving jack-o-lanterns this holiday, pets can absolutely enjoy them with you in limited quantities.

Pumpkin biscuits – Many recipes for homemade dog treats use pumpkin as a main ingredient. Whip up a batch for your pooch using a recipe for pumpkin dog biscuits. Cats can join in the fun as well with a kitty-friendly treat recipe. Make any pet treat recipe festive with holiday-shaped cookie cutters.

Cooked pumpkin – A tablespoon or two of canned or cooked pumpkin without added spices can make a tasty treat for both dogs and cats. Next time you are baking, be sure to share.

Make Like a Wolf

Wolf Park, a wildlife and research facility for wolves in central Indiana, has a fun tradition for their inhabitants. Each Halloween their residents celebrate the season with a pumpkin party. Each wolf receives a carved jack-o-lantern containing treats. Everyone has fun as the wolves try to figure out how to retrieve the tasty things inside of the pumpkin.

Your dog may enjoy this tradition as well. Place some special treats inside of a jack-o-lantern this year for some interactive fun for your pet.

Bobbing for Apples

Apples are in season, and while your pet probably won’t be enjoying a candy apple anytime soon (we hope!), he or she can enjoy some regular apples. Apples are a great treat which is rich in several vitamins and minerals. Try the following ways to share this fall fruit with your pet:

  • Fresh apple slices
  • Frozen apple slices
  • Apple sauce
  • Frozen applesauce pup pops
  • Grated apple sprinkled over kibble
  • Apple biscuits a la Martha Stewart

Treating your pets during the holidays can be a lot of fun. Be sure not to let them overindulge to avoid upset tummies, but there is no reason that they can’t enjoy a few special indulgences. We hope that you and your pets have a safe and happy Howl-o-ween!