Restaurants offer not-so-spooky Halloween specials

| by Molly Wike
Restaurants offer not-so-spooky Halloween specials

Ninjas, cowboys, and princesses alike are invited to participate in some modern trick-or-treating this year. Covering a range of cravings, restaurants are rolling out a variety of deals likely to give your candy bars a run for their money.

Baja Fresh —  This week through Halloween night, kids in costume eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Coupon required; get the coupon at the Baja Fresh Facebook  page

Baskin-Robbins — The chain is selling ice cream scoops for $1.31 all day on Halloween.

Chuck E. Cheese —  Kids in costume receive 50 free tickets on Halloween.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit— Dickey's BBQ is wrapping up the celebration of its 75th anniversary celebration with special offerings. Not only do kids in costume eat free throughout the day on Oct. 31, but guests are invited to dress as Dickey's iconic "big yellow cup" and enter a costume contest. Submissions may be emailed to bycc@dickeys.com before Nov. 4.

The grand prizewinner will receive a $350 dollar cash prize, free barbecue for a year and a Pit Master Pack and the runner-up will receive a $150 dollar cash prize, free barbecue for three months and a Pit Master Pack.

"Dickey's Barbecue Pit has always been family owned and operated, and we are happy to offer family-friendly specials as a way to give back to our loyal guests," says Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc., in a release.

Cicis Pizza Buffet— Cicis Pizza is offering a free kids buffet with the purchase of an adult entree and beverage, for children ages 10 and under wearing a Halloween costume.

"Kids love Cicis because they're free to choose the pizzas they want from our buffet, including our popular stuffed crust pizza, plus they love playing in the game room. Parents love Cicis because everyone gets exactly what they want and they can enjoy a great family meal together," said Sarah McAloon, Cicis' CMO, in a release.

Dunkin' Donuts— Calling all creatives! For the duration of October, Dunkin' Donuts is hosting a haunted art contest. Guests can decorate cups, boxes, or munchkin boxes and can submit their designs to DunkinDonuts.Tumblr.com for a chance to win up to $1,500.

Dunkin' Brands Executive Chef Jeff Miller has partnered with Hershey''s Corporate Chef Darren Belnavis to create the ultimate treat recipes. Recipes for Reese's donut truffles, Reese's Peanut Butter Square Parfait and Reese's Peanut Butter and caramel brownie bar can be found on the blog

Freebirds World Burrito — Freebirds World Burrito will offer free kid's meals, including a burrito or quesadilla, with the purchase of an entree on Oct. 28 – Oct. 31, according to a release.

Krispy Kreme —  Kids in costume receive a free doughnut on Halloween. The chain also has Halloween-themed doughnuts, including the zombie doughnut.  Returning from last year are the pumpkin, spiderweb and Halloween sprinkle doughnuts.

Krystal — The burger joint is offering a takeout special for Halloween. Get 12 Krystals, 12 boneless wings and a half-gallon of tea for $14.99.  Coupon required and can be found on the chain's website.

McAlister’s Deli— McAlister's is offering free meals to children under the age of 12, dressed in Halloween costumes, Oct. 29 - Oct. 31. The offer is valid for a maximum of two free meals per order of an adult entree, according to a company press release.

Penn Station East Coast Subs —  The chain is hosting its annual Halloween Hangman Game with instant rewards for winners of the online game. Complete the phrases to receive an instant reward such as a buy one, get one free coupon. No registration is required; to play visit the Penn Station Halloween Hangman site.  You can play once a day every day through Oct. 31.

Sbarro Pizza —  On Oct. 31, during Mall Halloween Festivities, kids in costume can get a free slice of cheese or pepperoni New York pizza with a $5 purchase. Valid at participating locations only. 

Starbucks — Halloween-themed frappucino is available now through Oct. 31. Options include the frappula frappuccino, a blended beverage returning to participating stores, made with a layer of mocha sauce and a dollop of whipped cream on the bottom. White chocolate mocha sauce, milk and ice blended together are then layered on top, while a drizzle of strawberry puree oozes from the rim. The beverage is finished with whipped cream on top.  

Taco Cabana —  For $1, customers can buy coupon booklets good for five  free bean and cheese Tacos and BOGO Dr. Peppers.  The $1 price goes to charity.  

Tijuana Flats —  Kids eat free on Halloween with adult entree purchase. 

Wendy' — ​The burger chain is selling $1-coupon booklets filled with five free Jr. Frosty coupons


Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Coffee / Specialty Beverages, Food & Beverage, Fresh Mex, Sandwich, Soup/Salad


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