If you get trick-or-treaters at your house, you’re bound to see a few four-legged visitors accompanying their little humans. Don’t get caught without some goodies for the pups, too – especially if they’re wearing a costume.
Need some ideas for doggy trick-or-treaters? I’ve got you covered!
Can Dogs Eat Halloween Candy?
Candy is not necessarily poisonous to dogs unless it contains raisins, chocolate, or the artificial sweetener xylitol/birch sugar.
Candies like candy corn are, when it comes down to it, safe for most dogs. Dogs can eat sugar, and unlike cats, they do have the tastebuds to enjoy it. That’s right – cats can’t taste sweetness, but our dogs can!
But while dogs can eat sugary candies, it’s better to just leave them out, rather than letting them indulge in small amounts. Giving your dog even a little bit of candy can communicate to them that candy is okay for them to eat, and they may be more likely to raid the trick-or-treat bag if it’s left within reach. Plus, if you have kids, they might think it’s okay to sneak bites when you’re not looking.
And of course, most of us don’t brush our dog’s teeth often enough, and those of us that do usually can’t do it for a thorough two minutes, so sugary candies are more likely to put their dental health at risk.
If you’re looking for trick-or-treat goodies that are safe and healthy for both dogs and kids, try:
- Applesauce pouches, unsweetened like Apple Apple GoGo squeeZ, which contain apples and apple juice concentrate. Do not get apple-strawberry as it contains blackcurrant, though, which might not be safe for dogs.
- Freeze dried fruit e.g. strawberries or apples – high in natural sugar but a safe treat in moderation
- Individual bags of carrot sticks or sliced apples
- Low fat string cheese
- Dehydrated fruit like banana chips or Fruit for Thought Dried Apples (Reminder: NO raisins, they’re highly toxic to dogs.)
Dog-Friendly Trick Or Treat “Candy”
If you’d rather give out dog treats that they wouldn’t share with their humans, you have a ton of great options.
The tricky part is finding snacks that are free of common allergens, not particularly high in fat or sugars, and otherwise unlikely to set off a reaction in a sensitive dog, yet still yummy enough for the canine connoisseur.
While we tend to choose individually wrapped treats for kids for fear of tampering, loose dog treats in a bowl or jar will most likely go over fine with most dog parents. However, you may still choose wrapped treats so they have the option of taking the treat home if their dog has already been over-treated for the night.
You can even make doggy goody bags. If you have leftovers at the end of the night, you can bring them to your local dog park, shelter, or vet.
Individually Wrapped Dog Treats
These popular treats come wrapped and ready to hand out.
- Blue Buffalo To-Go Stix come in packs of 6 or 12 snack bags, perfect for four-legged trick-or-treaters!
- Cat lick sticks are made for cats, but I love them for dogs too, that’s great for training. This Delectables Lickable Cat Treats bulk pack would be awesome for Halloween.
- Furry Republic Meat Sticks are another great option, they’re high in protein and most dogs would love them.
Popular Dog Treats Most Dogs Can Eat
These are great for making goody bags or handing out from a bowl. They’re healthy and unlikely to cause an upset stomach, yet still pretty tasty to most dogs.
- Freeze dried minnows are one of our very favorite things, and they’re slightly scary looking great for Halloween. Dogs snap them right up!
- Freeze dried beef liver are cheap in bulk and come in a huge tub that lasts a long time, and they’re super smelly so no dog can turn them down.
- Bocce’s Bakery Frankensnacks are part of their Halloween treat line, and like their other treats that we love, they’re made with just a few ingredients and super allergy and sensitivity-friendly.