There’s nothing scary about these Halloween freebies and deals – including kids eat free – at popular fast food and casual dining chains. No tricks. Just treats, and some deals are underway already, through Oct. 31.
Our list is alphabetical, as always, because that’s the only fair way. As always, we are including chains with no location in NYC because we have followers everywhere, and because our NYC followers have friends and relatives everywhere.
Applebee’s Spooky Sips
Halloween celebrations are already undersay Applebee’s with the return of the chain’s latest $5 Mucho Cocktails™ — Spooky Sips.
Sink your teeth into Dracula’s Juice, a mouth-watering wildberry creation of a Patron Silver margarita and Bacardi Superior daiquiri.
Or cure your cravings with the Tipsy Zombie, made with Bacardi Superior, passion fruit, pineapple, cherry, lime and a gummy brain topped with melon liqueur.
At participating locations only, and for 21+ only.
For more exclusive deals and specials, join Applebee’s E-Club and receive a welcome offer.
Things must be tough at the Tex-Mex chain. For the last few years they have offered a FREE Boorito. This year, it will cost you $2, and only if you show up in costume to claim the deal.
On Oct. 31, anyone in a Halloween costume who visits a Chipotle between 4pm and closing time receives a $2.00 burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos.
The good news is that up to $1,000,000 of the proceeds will go to The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, their non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability and providing awareness about food-related issues. So – basically – you are eating for charity. That’s a good deal.
Also, if you take a picture of yourself in costume inside (or in front of) a Chipotle and post it to their Facebook contest site you can compete in a contest that offers a grand prize of $2,500. Five runners-upreceive prizes of $1,000 and 20 other winners will get a voucher for a burrito party of ten at a Chipotle of their choice.
Chuck E. Cheese Boo-tacular Celebration
Through Halloween, the entertainment venue, which also serves food, has redecorated with giant cobwebs covering the windows, walls and counters, friendly ghosts and bats floating in the air and cast members dressed in their favorite costumes.
They’re also giving away FREE candy each night, and have added ghoulish menu items featuring slime desserts with spooky eyeballs and frightful worms, plus some other holiday treats worth screaming about.
Families can save with with these in-store and online offers for carryout and delivery, including –
- 10 FREE Play Points when kids come dressed to play at Chuck E. Cheese in their costume, minimum of $5 game purchase required (available 9/20-10/31)
- Combo #5 starting at $52.69, guests can get 2 Large 1-Topping Pizzas, a Slime Cookie and 6 soft drinks. Price varies by location.
- Boo-tacular Family Fun Pack, for families celebrating at home or anywhere outside they can enjoy 2 Large 1-Topping Pizzas, a Slime Cookie, goody bag filled with cool toys and activities (contents my vary), and a Boo-tacular Activity Sheet (available for takeout and delivery), starting at $35.99 when you order direct at chuckecheese.com. Price may vary by location.
Families can dance into the moonlight with DJ Munch during the special nighttime show, featuring upbeat pop music and on-screen cameos from Chuck E. and friends.
Plus, at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 local time families can show off their best spooky dance moves with Chuck E. Live! and the new Haunted House Party dance, with free Chupa Chups® candy, part of a new partnership with Perfetti van Melle USA.
Try these limited time “monster” menu items:
- Pumpkin-shaped Pepperoni Pizza – Just as its name says – this is a pepperoni pizza in a fun, Halloween Pumpkin shape.
- Creepy Cupcake – A jumbo-sized gourmet vanilla cupcake topped and filled with a vanilla whipped frosting, slime, a candy monster face.
- Slime Cookie – giant warm cookie topped with white icing, slime, a candy monster face.
- Dippin’ Dots® Eye Scream – Cookies and Cream Dippin’ Dots® topped with chocolate syrup, a dollop of slime, three gummy worms, and a scary candy eye.
Boo-tacular Entertainment at Home
New Boo-tacular-themed videos every Friday during “Afternoon Fun Breaks” to enjoy at home on the chain’s YouTube channel and on YouTube Kids.
On Friday October 29, families can enjoy a special treat with a 30-minute special, The Best of Chuck E. Cheese Halloween Boo-tacular Show, where Chuck E. and his friends get together and share some of their favorite Halloween videos. Parents and kids can watch together on YouTube at 3PM CST.
Halloween for Everyone on Sensory Sensitive Sunday
This year the spooky day falls on a Sunday, and Chuck E. is calling for all witches, wizards, ghouls, and goblins for a day of fun on Halloween.
Following the tradition of Sensory Sensitive Sunday, restaurants nationwide will open two hours early for a sensory-friendly celebration with sugar-free treats included.
The chain has scared up a couple of Halloween treats, plus a contest to win more.
The latest bewitched beverage for Halloween is the new Peanut Butter Cup Macchiato at participating locations nationwide. It’s a combo of three favs – chocolate, peanut butter and bold espresso.
The sweet-not-scary Spider Donut is returning to Dunkin’s Halloween spread. A yeast donut frosted with orange icing and topped with a glazed chocolate MUNCHKINS® donut hole treat resembles a fa-boo-lous spider, with chocolate drizzle for the spider legs and orange drizzle for the eyes. The rest of Dunkin’s donuts will be haunting the menu from midnight to morning, dressed up in the colors of the season and decorated with orange icing drizzles and sprinkles.
All Halloween donuts are now available at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide through Halloween.
In addition, also through Halloween, trick-or-treaters can win petrifyingly impressive prizes, including a $1,000 Dunkin e-Gift Card. Just visit the augmented reality door at www.dunkindoor.com, and follow the directions to participate.
Lastly, participating Dunkin’ locations will offer Halloween DIY Dunkin’ Donut Decorating Kits to make wickedly good treats for solo celebrations or Halloween get-togethers big or small.
Each kit features plain yeast or Old Fashioned cake donuts, with pre-packaged icing in orange, white, and chocolate varieties, and three sprinkle blends. The Halloween DIY Dunkin’ Donut Decorating Kits are available for purchase in two sizes, small (4-count donuts) and large (9-count donuts), while supplies last.
Through Oct. 31, kids aged 12 and under can sink their “fangs” into a FREE Mr. Mummy pancake at IHOP — from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There’s also a Monster Mummy burrito, with scrambled eggs, hickory-smoked bacon, pork sausage, diced ham, shredded Jack & Cheddar cheeses, hash browns, avocado, Poblano queso and sour cream wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and finished with jalapeño eyes.
Served with choice of 2 buttermilk pancakes, hash browns, buttered toast, seasonal fresh fruit or French fries.
What makes it a Monster Mummy? The addition of two jalepeno slices as “eyes”. Boo!
As always, the popular pancake chain – which also serves a full menu of other things – also is offering its Scary Face pancake for Halloween.
Th taco chain is bringing back its popular Monster Tacos after a long hiatus, while supplies last at locations systemwide through Halloween.
Jack in the Box’s Monster Tacos are a larger size of its classic crunchy tacos and feature two slices of American cheese, shredded lettuce and taco sauce.
Jack in the Box’s Monster Tacos are two for $3.00 with a purchase. They can be bought in-store, via delivery or through the Jack in the Box mobile app.
Download the app to be enrolled automatically enroll in the brand’s new loyalty program, The Jack Pack, and receive 25 percent off their next in-app purchase
Under a witchy theme, Krispy Kreme has transformed to “Krispy Skreme” this Halloween season, complete with a logo change, four new doughnuts and the treat of $1 dozens every Saturday, plus a free doughnut offer on Halloween.
Beginning Oct. 11, Krispy Skreme fans can choose four new doughnuts with cute takes on iconic Halloween symbols at participating shops across the U.S.
- Abra Cat Dabra Doughnut – An Original Glazed® doughnut dipped in chocolate icing and black sanding sugar, decorated like a cat with icing and sugar fondant eyes.
- Enchanted Cauldron Doughnut – A Glazed Chocolate Cake doughnut topped with Kreme™ and decorated like a cauldron with sprinkles and a pretzel witch’s “broomstick.”
- Bewitched Broomstick Doughnut – An unglazed shell doughnut, dipped in purple icing, decorated with an icing swirl and gold stars, and finished with green buttercream and a pretzel stick “broomstick.”
- Spooky Sprinkle Doughnut – An Original Glazed® doughnut dipped in orange icing and topped with a Halloween sprinkle blend.
Saturdays beginning Oct. 16 through Halloween will be scary great for Krispy Skreme fans, who can get a $1 dozen to share with family and friends with the purchase of any dozen. Each “Saturday Scary Sharies” dozen is packaged in a special edition spellbook dozen box, while supplies last.
As the sprinkle on top of the season, every guest who visits a Krispy Skreme shop in their Halloween costume Oct. 31 can receive a FREE doughnut, no purchase necessary.
Red Lobster is celebrating spooky season by offering guests FREE delivery on To Go orders placed through RedLobster.com on Halloween.
Additionally, the celebration of National Seafood Month continues.
On Thursday, Oct. 28 only, get BOGO 50% Off Bowls, including the Baja Shrimp Bowl, Sesame-Soy Salmon Bowl and dinner-priced Classic Caesar (with chicken, salmon, shrimp or no protein). The deal is for in-restaurant dining or online order, with the code LOBSTER92.
Through Friday, Oct. 29, customers can get one FREE slice of the REESE’S® Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake or HERSHEY’S® Chocolate Bar Cheesecake.
The freebie is only with an online purchase of $40 or more, and you must use the promo code “TREATME.” at check-out to get the deal.
Rather than handing out candy on Halloween night as they have in the past, you can give your trick or treaters a lesson in saving money by dropping a coupon in their bag — a coupon they’re sure to redeem for a sweet treat later.
Through October 31, the popular burger chain is again offering its annual Halloween Boo! Books – but don’t delay, since this is while supplies last.
For $1, get a booklet of five coupons — each good for a FREE Jr. Frosty. The coupons are valid now through Dec. 31.
A Jr. Frosty regularly sells for $1.19 at most locations, so the savings are frightfully good. In the end, each Jr. Frosty costs only 20 cents.
Plus, this year, the book includes a “Boo-nus Offer” via the chain’s app — get FREE fries (any size) with any purchase. Scan the QR code (found in the Boo! Book) in the Wendy’s app (under “Upload Offer”) and the bonus offer is yours to enjoy one-time through Dec. 31.
And they’re not just to hand out to costumed kids on Halloween night. It might be wise for frugal families to purchase a few for their own use on those days when the kids need an after-school or weekend treat.
The best part is that 85 cents of every book sold benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in finding forever families for children waiting in foster care.
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