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
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