Who says kids get to have all the fun on Halloween?
This year, a number of scary-good deals and freebies will make the holiday a delight for kids of all ages.
So whether you want to fill your trick-or-treat bag with burgers, burritos, ice cream or more, get your costume ready and check out these 15 fun promotions.
Chipotle’s annual Boorito promotion is back, this time with a twist.
The national chain will still give you a $3 burrito if you show up in costume from 5 p.m. to close on Halloween, but this year they’d also like you to “add something unnecessary” to your get-up. It’s their way of raising awareness of the unnecessary additives found in most fast food (additives they say they keep out of their offerings).
So, what qualifies as “something unnecessary”? It could be as simple as throwing a cowboy hat on your vampire costume or trading one element from your costume with one from a friend’s so you both look a little strange.
2. Krispy Kreme
Get a free doughnut when you wear a costume to Krispy Kreme on October 31. Go for their classic glazed or try one of their limited-time monster- or pumpkin-themed creations.
Kids under 12 can create their own free scary face pancake the day before Halloween (October 30) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5. SONIC Drive-In
Snag a 50-cent corn dog all Halloween long at SONIC locations, no costume necessary.
Dressed-up kids and adults can get a free slice of cheese pizza (with a $5 purchase) at participating Sbarro locations on Halloween.
Register for a 2015 Chick-fil-A calendar card and you’ll be eligible for freebies during each of the remaining months of 2015 — including a free Greek yogurt parfait and large soft drink through October 31.
Purchase a Wendy’s Halloween coupon booklet for $1 and get five coupons, each good for a Jr. Frosty. Even sweeter, proceeds from booklet sales go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
9. Bass Pro Shops
Want something that won’t give your kids a sugar buzz? How about free fun and photos with the characters from the upcoming Peanuts movie?
Participating locations of the national outdoorsy chain will host activities like crafting, a costume parade, a photo opp and more throughout the week of Halloween. Check out their online ad for further details.
10. Bubba Gump Shrimp
Get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree when you use this coupon. (You can only use one coupon per table.)
Kids ages 10 and under in costume get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree and beverage. Offer is good from October 26 to 31.
12. Spaghetti Warehouse
Kids 12 and under get a free kids menu meal with the purchase of an adult entree.
They don’t need to be in costume, but there will be a costume contest at 5 p.m. and winners will receive Spaghetti Warehouse gift cards valued from $50 to $100.
(So yeah, you’ll probably want to dress them up. Here are 6 easy ways to do it without spending a small fortune.)
13. Baja Fresh
Kids in costume get a free kids meal (with purchase of an adult entree) from October 27 to 31 at this fast-casual Tex-Mex chain centered in California.
14. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
On October 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., get Buy One Get One pumpkin drinks at participating locations as part of this California chain’s Spooktacular Open House event.
15. White Castle
It’s not technically Halloween-related, but White Castle has a coupon that lets you try any slider for free with any purchase. It expires on October 31, so if you’re still hungry after sampling all the other goodies of the day, it could sate your appetite.
Your turn: Are you going to check out any of the above deals? Are there any other fun promotions in your area that didn’t make the national list?
Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.