Here’s an idea—this Halloween, instead of just handing out candy to the children who come knocking on your door, let their accompanying pooches join in the fun, too. Here’s an easy and scrumptious recipe for dog treats that’ll be sure to put your neighbors’ “Halloween Hounds” in a spooktacular mood!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, yet dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Use a cookie-cutter or knife to cut the dough into Halloween-themed shapes.
3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes. (Optional: Decorate with pet-safe icing and food coloring.)
4. Let cool and serve to four-legged trick-or-treaters!
Halloween is coming up, and if you like to go trick-or-treating with your favorite furry friend by your side, you’ll have to make sure he looks the part. Below are six costume ideas to make this Halloween with your pup spooktacular!
1. Haunting Ghost
Go with this classic and super-simple Halloween look that will be sure to spook both your human and dog neighbors! All you need is an old white sheet and a pair of scissors. Put the sheet over your dog’s body and carefully cut out holes for his eyes and muzzle. Cut the extra fabric off, making the bottom of the sheet look torn and frayed. Make sure the sheet is not so long to prevent your dog from tripping over it. For extra points, teach him to say “Oooh!”
2. Pokémon GO! Player and Pikachu
Here’s a costume you can coordinate with your pup! With the recent Pokémon GO! craze taking over, a fun idea is to dress up as a player and dress your dog as a Pikachu. This look will work best with a white, fluffy, pointy-eared dog such as a Pomeranian or Siberian Husky. To transform into a game player, you will need a tracksuit with your team color of choice (yellow for Instinct, blue for Mystic and red for Valor). Pair the outfit with matching sneakers, hat and a backpack. Finally, make your own Pokéball by pasting white and black construction paper around a tennis ball in the appropriate pattern.
To turn Fido into Pikachu, you will either need a dye that is safe for pets, or natural food coloring. Absolutely DO NOT use hair dye or any dye with synthetic chemicals on your dog. His skin has a pH level that is more reactive than yours to the harmful chemicals in human dyes. Do not use dye on him if he has any persisting health issues. Food coloring is the safest option, whether it is store bought, or one you make at home. You can make your own “dye” using pigmented foods that are safe for your dog to eat, such as beets, blackberries, carrots, spinach, and turmeric powder. Squeeze or mash the ingredients to get the color out, and feel free to mix-and-match ingredients to get the color you desire. Once you’ve determined a dye is safe, apply yellow dye to your dog’s fur using a large brush. Then, clean the brush and use it to paint black stripes on his back and the tips of his ears. Finish by giving him Pikachu’s signature red-circle cheeks. Since it usually takes about four-six weeks for the dye to fade, you’ll be set to catch ‘em all long after Halloween night!
3. Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad
This devilish character has been a copycat favorite of fans since the movie came out this year, and the doggie version will be sure to scare the socks off your friends (or kill them with cuteness)! The look works best on light-colored, long-eared and furry dogs like Cocker Spaniels or Afghan Hounds. Depending on your dog’s breed, you will apply a natural dye (see instructions for dye use above) to both sides of his head which will make him appear as though he has two long pigtails. Dye the right side pink and the left side blue to match Harley Quinn’s hairstyle, then paint a small black heart on his upper left cheek. Secure the ponytails with matching-colored ribbons, but make sure they are not too tight on your dog’s ears. For the outfit, take an old, white T-shirt and paint the sleeves red. Then, make him boots using white fabric or felt. Finish off the look by making a baton out of construction paper or cardboard and securing it to his outfit, making sure it’s safe and comfortable for him. With this look, no one will want to get on your puppy’s bad side.
4. Beanie Baby
This costume is one that requires very minimal effort. Your pooch is already cute and cuddly as is, so it won’t take much time to make him look like our favorite childhood toy. All you need to do is recreate the Beanie Baby tag using construction paper and markers, punch a hole through, and tie the tag to your dog’s collar. With this costume, he’ll look cute enough to squish!
5. Fearsome Lion
Want your dog to be the King of the Jungle? All you’ll need is some reddish-brown faux fur, scissors, a needle and thread. This costume looks especially ferocious on Golden Retrievers and other big, light brown-colored dogs. Make a mane by fashioning the faux fur into a wreath around your pooch’s neck and sewing the ends together. For an even more authentic look, trim your dog’s coat so there is only long fur on the bottom of his legs and end of his tail (or if he’s a short-coated breed, attach pieces of faux fur to these areas). If you put effort into the details, you can end up with one scary-looking beast!
Your dog’s already a superhero in your eyes, so why not let the rest of the world see him that way, too? Take a piece of red fabric and tie it around her collar for a flowing cape. For the chest, take a blue square of fabric, fold it in half, and cut out a circle for your dog’s head. Then sew the sides together, leaving holes for your dog’s front legs to go through. Finally, print out the Superwoman or Superman logo, cut it out, and stick it to the chest. Fido’s ready to save the day!
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