Homemade Howl’oween Treats for Your Furry Friends

Howl’oween is the most popular event on the pet calendar. There are lots of special parades and events for pets to dress up and have fun. And of course, “fur kids” can also be included in neighborhood trick-or-treat outings.

But let’s face it, if your pet could talk, he or she would tell you is not about trick-or-treating. It’s about doing tricks for treats. Or better still, simply being treated with yummy treats!

Human candy, and chocolate in particular, are a big N-O for pets; the sugar is unhealthy and the chocolate is actually toxic for them. Fortunately, this time of year, pet stores have a huge selection of goodies for both cats and dogs. And, of course, you can have lots of fun making your own. You will certainly win tail wags and purring…and your dog will eagerly participate in the kitchen “testing” them for you. Some cats may may be open to the taste-testing as well!

And remember…

Treats should never make up more than 10 percent of your pet’s daily diet. So don’t go overboard!



2 cups whole-wheat flour

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp cinnamon

1 cup canned pumpkin puree (Canned without sugar is fine, or you can make your own. Do not use sweetened pumpkin pie filling)

½ cup water at room temperature

2 Tbsp olive or canola oil

2 Tbsp honey

1 egg

1 large carrot coarsely grated

Baking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon. In a separate bowl mix the pumpkin puree, water, oil, honey and the egg. Add to the dry ingredients and finally add the grated carrot and blend everything together.

Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray. You can adjust the size of the spoonful to cater for a small or larger dog.

Bake for 15 minutes. Cool and serve.

If you double the quantities, extra cookies can be frozen.

To ensure you cat is not left out when it comes to treat time, try making these Tuna Tidbits for your favorite feline.



1 – 3-oz can of flaked tuna in brine

1 egg

½ cup whole-wheat flour

½ cup non-fat dry milk

1 Tbsp vegetable oil (you can use olive oil)

¼ cup water

Baking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Flour your hands so that it is easy to pick up the mixture and roll into tiny balls and flatten them slightly with your fingers or a spoon.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Store in the refrigerator.

(A special reminder for cat owners: When it comes to Howl’oween night, always remember that, sadly, there are people out there who do have a violent or ritualistic streak. Protect your cats from pranksters and harm by keeping them indoors, especially if they are black.)

Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments below! And remember to have a very Happy Halloween!


-Photo Credit: From flickr by Randy Piertiet

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