Have I mentioned that Kraken broke his leg? Yup. He was running around in the field and fell in a gopher hole like a giant dope. Two breaks, all the way through. The vets think they may be able to fix it with this long splint, but it's been a huge headache all-around and we're pretty bummed about it. So today I'm making him a Halloween dog treat to cheer him up!

Make a spooky sugar skull skeleton figure for Halloween with dog treats! Perfect for a dog trick-or-treat party.

Yup, we're still going to party like rock stars for Halloween. Kraken already has his outfit ready!

Make a spooky sugar skull skeleton figure for Halloween with dog treats! Perfect for a dog trick-or-treat party.

I've been feeling so bad for the poor guy that I stocked up on his favorite Halloween dog treats. I get the pups their own stash when I pick up our candy this season. It's become a bit of a tradition for the boys and I to create cute treats for the dogs for every season.

Skeleton Halloween Dog Treat

Ingredients:
Pup-Peroni sticks
Milk-Bone Puppy treats and MaroSnacks
Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers and Chicken Meatballs

Make a spooky sugar skull skeleton figure for Halloween with dog treats! Perfect for a dog trick-or-treat party.

The dogs LOVE Pup-Peroni, and I like that the number one ingredient is real meat. That served as the main “bones” for our Halloween dog treat, with Milk-Bone Puppy treats standing in as the rib cage.

Make a spooky sugar skull skeleton figure for Halloween with dog treats! Perfect for a dog trick-or-treat party.

Once I had the arms and legs for our little Halloween dog treat figure, he looked like he needed some hands and feet. Milk-Bone MaroSnacks came in handy here.

Make a spooky sugar skull skeleton figure for Halloween with dog treats! Perfect for a dog trick-or-treat party.

For the eyes on our Halloween dog treat, Milo's Kitchen Chicken Meatballs and a Milo's Kitchen Steak Grillers smile! Everything from Milo's Kitchen is made with 100% real chicken or beef, so it's one of my favorite brands to give to the dogs.

Halloween Treats as a Family-Friendly Activity

Make a spooky sugar skull skeleton figure for Halloween with dog treats! Perfect for a dog trick-or-treat party.

To me, our Halloween dog treat looks like one of those Mexican skull figures you see on Dia de los Muertos. I rolled with the theme and borrowed Kraken's fiesta hat to top it off.

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I love making cute Halloween dog treats with the boys while we're making our own healthy Halloween treats, because it teaches them to include our animals as part of the family. I know that some people think it's silly to do a bunch of pet crafts for animals who just want a snack without a bunch of fuss. I see a lot more value to it, though! To me, little things like this a big component to teaching kids to respect and cherish all creatures' lives. If they can start small with understanding compassion towards animals in a controlled environment, it's easier to foster those actions as a lifelong habit towards people as well. Doing sweet, small gestures for our pets and getting immediate feedback in their satisfaction shows the kids that it's a positive experience to take a bit of time out of your day to show kindness towards someone else. What seems like just some silly little Halloween dog treats is actually a lesson about how we should spend our time, and how our small actions can positively impact those around us.

Plus, stuff like this makes a dang cute snapshot for Instagram.

What are your Halloween plans this year? Do you include your furry friends?