Spooky Soft Halloween Treats For Dogs by Paws Barkery


Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love that it is just pure fun!

Shopping the pet store around this time a year is always a blast! I love looking at the costumes; Maui has a nice set of red wings this year that she loves to wear!

Using this blog as an excuse, I had a great time browsing the Halloween dog treats this year! By the register, there was a display of Halloween and pumpkin flavored dog treats. I just had to grab a couple of bags!

The cutest Halloween dog treats that grabbed my attention are made by a small Wisconsin bakery called Paws Barkery. They make artisan dog treats and for Halloween, they make special Gravestone Ghost Cookies!


Artisan Gravestone Ghost Cookies

Paws Barkery Gravestone Ghost CookiesPaws Barkery makes a limited variety of treats and for Halloween, they decided to make a special edition Gravestone Ghost Cookie! These little ghosts are so darn cute!

Paws Barkery makes “artisan baked dog treats”.

I am going to admit to you right now that I have heard the word artisan applied to foods before but right now I am faced with the realization that I do not really know what it means. Looking around on the Internet I gather that artisan means:

  • crafted with care by a real person
  • made by hand in small batches and/or in limited quantities
  • is made using specialty ingredients
  • the product reflects tradition, passion, expertise, or a special process

I understand the application of the word artisan now as Paws Barkery makes all of their treats in small batches.


Size, Appearance, and Texture

The ghost size is generally a bit bigger than a quarter. They come in spooky Halloween colors of orange and sort-of black. The orange cookies kind of look like a miniature ghost gingerbread man and the dark brown/blackish cookies are a heart shape.

These spooky little ghosts are soft and chewy so no matter if your dog is still a puppy or a senior, these little treats are a really great option for your dog.


Paws Bakery gravestone ghost cookies up close


Wire-Cut Dog Treats

I came across some more terminology that I’ve never heard before. These spine-tingling graveyard ghost cookies are wire-cut. I had no idea what it means for a cookie to be wire-cut.

I took to YouTube to find out what wire-cut cookies are all about. The video below is not specific to Paws Barkery, but wait until you are a few seconds in and it shows a great view of how wire-cut cookies are made.



Where to Find Them and Cost

These are a super special item with limited availability.

The only place you can find these adorable chewy Halloween dog treats is PetSmart (if you have found them at a different location please let Maui know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post). It looks like you can only get them at their brick-and-mortar stores as I cannot find them on the PetSmart website.

I do not expect them to be available for too much longer since they are produced by a small little company. Plus, Halloween is almost upon us so they will be ghosts of Halloween past. I guess if there are any left after Halloween they might be put on the clearance table so keep an eye out for that!


When Maui and I purchased the Gravestone Ghost Cookies a couple weeks ago the price was $3.99 per 5-ounce bag. Somehow I hit a sale and the actual price I paid was $2.79. SWEET!


Where They are Made

All manufacturing of Paws Barkery dog treats and packaging happens in the United States.

The company also indicates while all ingredients used in their treats are sourced from within the United States as well.

All of our manufacturing – both our treats and our packaging – happens right here in the United States. Our ingredients are also sourced from within the U.S. to ensure our treats meet our high-quality standards.


Paws Barkery Ingredients

Paws Barkery is an all-natural dog treat company. Their treats are simple, aromatic (they really are!), and absolutely drool enticing (Maui can vouch for that)!

Each of their regularly produced treat recipes are made with simple ingredients that you would find in kitchens throughout the country. The treats include nothing unpronounceable, nothing unknown, just wholesome real food ingredients that you might have in your cupboard right now.

Their products have no added preservatives. Even with no preservatives there treats have an 18-month shelf life so you know they are super fresh and getting to the store and you really quickly!


Gravestone Ghost Cookie Ingredients

That being said, the Gravestone Ghost Cookies present a little bit of a different story.

Reading the bag it says –

Paws Barkery makes artisan treats that are baked in small batches with ingredients that can be found in your kitchen. Our treats contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

That might be the case with their regularly produced dog treats, but it does not seem to hold true for the special Halloween dog treats.

The Gravestone Ghost Cookies ingredient list consists of:

  • Wheat flour
  • Honey
  • Palm oil
  • Sweet potato
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried whey
  • Cinnamon
  • Whole dried eggs
  • Artificial color (red 40 lake, yellow 40 lake)

Your kitchen might be a little fancier than mine; I have never had palm oil, dried whey, or dried eggs in my pantry.

The kicker though is bag says right on it that the treats contain no artificial colors, but you can see as the last ingredient these gravestone ghost cookies DO CONTAIN ARTIFICIAL COLORS red 40 and yellow 40.

I’m guessing the colors are to achieve the Halloween orange and black colored cookies, but now those cookies do not seem so cute anymore knowing it is achieved with artificial colors.


Artificial Colors

Artificial colors in food is an area of high controversy.

Red 40 is one of the most commonly used artificial colors in the United States. The FDA has approved it for use in our human foods and cosmetics but the scary part is, it is synthetically derived from petroleum.

In humans, Red 40 can cause hypersensitivity in some folks. This can include hives and swelling around the mouth. Red 40 may also contain contaminants that could trigger hyperactivity in kids and contribute to cancer in humans.

According to the watchdog group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, some scientific studies have shown Red 40 to damage the DNA of mice.

Several countries throughout Europe have banned the use of artificial colors in food.



I know these allegations are focused on humans, but dogs are mammals as well and I cannot imagine artificial colors being any better for them than they are for us.


Decisions, Decisions

Knowing the story behind artificial colors and Red 440 presents a little bit of a dilemma.

We certainly don’t want to feed something to our dog that is bad for them but on the other hand, these are dog treats only intended for occasional feeding, so they won’t be eating a lot of them.

I probably do not want to know how many artificial colors, including Red 40 that I put into my body on a weekly basis.

The fact of it is, artificial colors are incredibly common and are likely to be found in many of the processed foods we eat.

Will the amount of artificial coloring in these treats be a problem for your dog? Unless your dog has a hypersensitivity to artificial colors, probably not. But, this is definitely a decision for you to make on your own.


Maui’s Paws Bakery Gravestone Ghost Cookies Review Results

Maui has a new rating system! She hopes you find it super informative so you can make the best decision for your dog.

Maui has a new rating system! She hopes you find it super informative so you can make the best decision for your dog.


Texture:                      Soft with a slight crunch







Be Sooooky!

Lynne and Maui



  • Marlinda Davis says:

    Hey there! These treats look too cute to eat! Luckily dogs aren’t so sentimental, lol. I really appreciate you breaking down the ingredients and other things that are found in these treats like dyes. I really like the Gravestone Ghost Cookies by Paws Bakery. They are just the right size for my puppies. Do you have any Halloween costumes for dogs?

    Thanks for sharing,


    • Lynne says:

      Hi Marlinda, I told you these treats were cute, right! These treats really are a nice size. They might be a little big for some smaller dogs but they are pretty soft so I think those smaller pups could break them apart pretty easily. I haven’t written any posts about Halloween costumes for dogs but you can follow this Amazon link https://amzn.to/2El9Gmd to find a bunch there! Amazon is where I found Maui’s cute little red wings 🙂

  • Kohl says:

    Hi, really well written, entertaining article! My family has a German Shepard ourselves and we take pride in finding high quality treats for her! I really appreciate you breaking down everything in detail! We try to stay away from dies, even though it’s a small amount. We find our dog likes strong hearty meat smelling treats the best!

  • Parmi says:

    Ha, it’s so cool to have so many options for our dogs!! I remember when I had a dog when I was young, there were very little choices for him. Now, there are products that looks appealing even to me!! They are so intricately designed and looks super nice. I love the video – haha we really get to see how cookies are made. Does Paws Barkery ship as well? Or is it just for those lucky locals?

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Parmi, it is great that there are so many more options (and super healthy ones) for our dogs now! I was just commenting to another reader how we used to feed our family dog when I was a kid – he got these soft chewy chunks that were supposed to look like meat. I can’t imagine now that they were actually all that good for him. I know right (about the video)! I had no idea how they cut cookies until I saw that! Paws Barkey really has no website to mention. It’s just one page and doesn’t offer any information. You might be able to find their treats through some other online retailer for shipping. I could only find these gravestone ghost cookies at a physical PetSmart location.

  • Maryann Breece says:

    It is a wonderful age we live in when people are finally starting to take what their pets eat into consideration. For years the thought was just that they had no taste buds and could be fed whatever scraps and junk would keep them alive. I love that we actually care what we feed them now. 

    Your bond with Maui is fantastic. It is great to treat an animal the way you would treat a human being. They are family after all and deserve to be treated that way. Since they can’t read the labels we need to. Finding food with natural healthy ingredients is a great start. Another step is learning what nutrients our dogs actually need. Is there nutrients in these treats that are helpful to the dogs? Does it fill a need for them or just a fun treat?

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Maryann, I too think it’s great that were giving our dogs more attention when it comes to their diet! I remember when I was young we fed our family dog these soft morsels that were supposed to look like meat. Now that I think back on them they were probably pretty disgusting 🙂 Sweet potatoes can be good for  a dog’s digestive system as they contain a lot of fiber and eggs are high in protein. That being said, these are treats intended only for occasional feeding so the amount of  ingredients ingredients in these treats probably won’t be significant enough to prove beneficial.

  • kemdi21 says:

    Nice and awesome post. I love halloween but my best holiday is Thanksgiving. Maui also looks cute with those red wings!!. But above all, i love the way you describe the  Gravestone Cookies in terms of the ingredients, cost and where to get them.  I plan on getting a puppy this christmas so i would love to know if its ok to feed it Gravestone Cookies?

    Once again thanks so much for sharing. Look forward to your next post!!

    • Lynne says:

      Hi, Thank you so much 🙂 Thanksgiving is an awesome holiday! It’s kind of sad how Christmas is overtaking Thanksgiving and Halloween nowadays. There is nothing in these treats (except the artificial colors) that would be bad to give a puppy. Stop back and let Maui know if you get that puppy for Christmas 🙂

  • Cheryl Kohan says:

    I really enjoyed this article! I don’t have any pets at all, anymore, but my kids all do so when I saw your blog I thought I’d check it out. 

    I loved the video! So much fun learning how things (especially food) is made.

    It’s good to know there are healthy treats for dogs and finding treats without artificial dyes is important. Maui looks so healthy and I’m sure it’s because you’re monitoring what she eats! I’ll bookmark this site so I can check back from time to time.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Cheryl, Maui says thanks for stopping by and thank you for bookmarking her website! Yeah, when I read that the dog treats were wire-cut I had no idea what that meant. Found it pretty interesting too, so I thought I would share it 🙂 I hope your kids like the site and please keep us in mind when you’re buying holiday gifts for those four-legged furry grandchildren 🙂

  • Denis says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I have a female standard poodle named Maya and she loooves treats!  I just have to say the word treat and she sits with her paw in the air waiting for it! 🙂 

    This article is a great example of having to breakdown every pieces of the item reviewed in order to give it a fair and honest review. 

    So even though you (Or should I say Maui) gave it 4 stars for taste and smell, the 2 and half star in ingredients because of the artificial color is enough for Maya to stay away.  She has a very sensitive stomach, and she would probably vomit or get diarrhea with just a few treats. 

    Thank you for the great review!

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Denis, Tell Maya that Maui says woof! I’m glad you found Maui’s new rating/review method helpful! I was truly bummed out about the artificial colors in these treats. Especially when it says right on the bag that they didn’t have any! Maui has reviewed several other treats that are all natural so please be sure to check out the treat section on her website! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Maria says:

    Those dog treats look delicious, lucky dogs. I like artisan products, are much better than those we consume previously frozen. You made a great review about Paws Bakery, but as they said “no artificial color” and in the recipe appears they use artificial color, there might be some preserving in the whole dried eggs or peanut butter.

    The Tiny Drop RD-CF Depositor is an excellent machine, good for small business of cookies and pastries. I will consider it for the future 😉

    What do you think if we make some changes in the recipe? I will try and will comment later. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Maria, Yeah it’s a bummer that the company made that mistake of saying “no artificial colors” but then there they are right in the ingredient list. Unfortunately a big oversight on their part. Fun watching the cookie maker, right! Thanks for stopping by and we hope you come back again 🙂

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