Fall has finally become full-fledged! The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Here in the USA, we “Fall Back” this week and say goodbye to Daylights Savings Time. Don’t forget! We’ll be gaining an hour on Halloween night, but this means of course that it will be dark by 5 PM pretty soon.

Leaves have started changing and the weather is becoming cooler and crisp (depending on where you live of course!). Halloween is just TWO days away, so I hope you have picked out your costume already. Don’t worry, you still have time and we’ve got two great ideas – 1. Mini M&Ms for Dogs and 2. SUPER EASY Dog Costumes from Baby Onesies!

And of course, there are pumpkins everywhere! Pumpkin treats, pumpkin decorations, and of course real pumpkins!

We were able to go pumpkin picking earlier this month and get a bunch of different pumpkins. I love the ones that are unique shapes and colors to use for decoration because they are great to keep around all fall. We always get one regular Jack-o-lantern type pumpkin as well in case we want to carve it! Luna wasn’t able to come along to the pumpkin patch, but I did get her to pose for a few photos with some of the pumpkins we picked up!

Luna is a big fan of pumpkin. She always tries to sneak a taste or two when we carve our pumpkin. During the fall and winter holidays, I also like to treat her to a little pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix) with her food. It works out great because pumpkin is actually beneficial for dogs! And I didn’t realize it until recently, but pumpkin is great for cats too!

Pumpkins make great pet safe fall themed decor.

Whenever you give your dog pumpkin or pumpkin treats, just make sure there is no Nutmeg! It is a popular spice this time of year, but it is very very dangerous to both dogs and cats. You can find a list of pet safe spices on our Sweet Potato Fries for Dogs recipe. Any spice can potentially cause problems in high dosages, so make sure to keep your use light!

If you are looking for some festive pumpkin treats to make for your furry friends, be sure to visit our friends at Rubicon Days round up of 10 Healthy Pumpkin Treats for Dogs!

More Yummy Pumpkin Recipes

A yummy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treat recipe from Dog Mom Days

Super easy Pumpkin Carrot Bites from Pawsitively Pets

Grain-free, No Bake Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats from Kol’s Notes

Candy Corn Frozen Dog Treats with Banana, Pumpkin, and Yogurt from Beagles & Bargains

The classic Marbled Pumpkin and Carob Dog Treat recipe from Kol’s Notes

Festive Pumpkin Banana Cheddar Balls from Beagles & Bargains

Luna loves pumpkin dog treats!

Pet Themed Pumpkin Decorations

There is always time to decorate and pumpkins are great decor additions all autumn long, so here are two fun pet themed ways to decorate with real or artificial pumpkins this year.

Dog Silhouette Carvable Pumpkins by Beagles & Bargains

Paw Print Carvable Pumpkins by Heartprints Pet

Halloween Pet Safety

And we’ll leave you with one last thought. Halloween is fun and festive, but don’t forget to make sure your pets are safe and happy. Puppy Leaks shares 7 Tips to Keep Your Dogs Safe this Halloween! And Texas Animal Training also offers 8 Tips for a Pet Safe Halloween.

Does your dog like pumpkin? How do you use it?

This week’s 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge theme is PUMPKIN and this post is my submission. If you’d like to see more photos from our 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge, you can view them all over in my Flickr 52 Snapshots of Life photo album.

Don’t forget to visit last week’s post to see how we explore the WORLD and come back next week to see what Luna finds SCARY.

You can also check out other snapshots from this week’s 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge theme by clicking below!

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
Jessica Shipman

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  • Thanks for the mention! That is such an adorable picture of Luna with her pumpkin bandanna!

    • beaglesbargains

      She has so many bandanas! One for every occasion! 🙂

  • Emma

    I just baked some pumpkin cookies for my sisters and I. Love pumpkin.

  • Shelly PoochparkWear

    WOW lots of recipes to try and gonna be baking soon BOL

  • All those treat recipes look great, but the peanut butter pumpkin ones look especially yummy!!

    Also, thanks for including my article about pet safety tips in this post!

  • sandy weinstein

    good selection of pumpkin treats. pumpkin is very good for pets. plain pumpkin also helps with loose bowels.

  • My Lady Girl loves pumpkins!!! I might have to make her some homemade treats.

  • Amanda Yantos

    Yay thank you for sharing my recipe! My kids love pumpkin, whether it’s in treats or in it’s purest form!

  • Carolyn S

    My dog loves pumpkin…..plain or as an ingredient in something.

  • SGilbert

    Love all the great recipes. They all sound so yummy a human could eat the delicious treats too!

  • Linda

    Mmm great recipes!

  • Helga

    My dogs haven’t tried pumpkin yet, but those recipes sound yummy!

  • Girl In Crowd

    I have a basic dog treat recipe that I use with different dog-safe ingredients. I’ve tried pumpkin, cheese and peanut butter.

  • Marti Tabora

    I love all these recipes, my dogs are really crazy about pumpkin and I feel good about giving it to them. Thanks.

  • Lisa F.

    I actually give all of my dogs a tablespoon or so of canned pumpkin in their evening meals every day. They love it! Maybe someday I’d get adventurous and actually do a recipe for them with pumpkin.

  • sherry butcher

    Great post, love that you include extra info like where to find the list of spices and other places to find more goodies. TFS.

  • I am loving those adorable pumpkin photos!

  • Christine Aiello

    Love the photos of Luna with the pumpkins! I am definitely going to try out some of these pumpkin recipes on my dog! Thanks!

  • Dana Rodriguez

    Luna is adorable! Great pictures!

  • Mary Murphy

    I’m off to make those peanut butter pumpkin dogs treats. I knew my dogs liked pumpkin pie, but didn’t know it was so good for them! Thanks for posting the recipes.

    • beaglesbargains

      Be careful with pumpkin pie though! It often contains nutmeg, which is very harmful for dogs!!

      • Mary Murphy

        I was not aware of that! Thanks so much for the heads-up!

  • Daisy Pets

    We love this time of year to make pumpkin themed everything! Although, here in New Zealand, we don’t get the variety of pumpkins you do. We made two different types of pumpkin treats over on our blog http://www.daisypets.co.nz

  • Ali Rice

    Aw! love the pictures of luna! Too cute~!

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  • Ruth Epstein

    Love pumpkin for Layla 🙂

  • Priscilla S.

    Lots of great recipes! I love the idea of making versus buying treats so I know exactly what is in them.

  • Jordan

    Great recipes!

  • wins4me

    Love the recipes

  • Ruth Epstein

    Its pumpkin season wooofffff and cannot wait to try some recipes

  • MommaDarby

    Love the recipes! and pumpkin too! i’m sure my doggy would love pumpkin treats

  • Alexa

    We just made our first treats with pumpkin the other week and my pup LOVED them! I will definitely reference this in the future for more recipes! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ruth Epstein

    WOW love recipes with pumpkin

  • tiffany dayton

    My dogs would love these.

  • Elle Tucker

    That is great to know about pumpkin being beneficial to cats and dogs.
    There’s always a surplus around here in the fall and I love to find ways to prevent waste that also turn out to be healthy. 🙂