October isn’t just about scary monsters, haunted houses and candy everywhere. It’s also about enjoying lots of sweet deals and freebies for trick-or-treaters of all ages.
And, for frugal families, it’s always a big treat, whenever they can save money — especially because the major holidays just around the corner. (It’s never too early to start saving for all the presents, decorations and holiday fun, right?)
There’s no bad luck for bargain hunters on Halloween, just lots of restaurant specials and monster savings at various businesses.
We’ve added the Halloween deals for 2021 to our list of October deals, discounts, and freebies! This is where you’ll find the Halloween food deals offered every year — perfect for families who want something a little more substantial than just candy for Halloween night dinner.
Halloween Restaurant Specials 2021
Here are the restaurant deals, discounts and giveaways lurking around Halloween month (which also features National Taco Day Oct. 4!). But beware – some of these spooky specials are only available on Oct. 31, and some require a costume.
We will update and add to this list all month, so keep checking in. And don’t forget to search your favorite “local haunts” for more deals, as promos are not always just limited to national chains.
NOTE: Not all locations offer the same national promotions. As a result, price and participation may vary. It’s always wise to call ahead for verification in your area. We strive to keep up with limited-time offers, but deals may end without notice.
Get two entrees and an appetizer for just $22. Go here and select “order” to see your options. Enjoy your dinner with one of the chain’s $5 Spooky Sips: Dracula’s Juice, a wildberry creation of a Patron Silver margarita and Bacardi Superior daiquiri, or the Tipsy Zombie, made with Bacardi Superior, passion fruit, pineapple, cherry, lime and a gummy brain topped with melon liqueur.
For the younger set, Applebee’s is providing kids with a FREE meal on Halloween. See the details in our post.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
For a limited time, get half off large pizzas Tuesday through Sunday with no limit. Use the promo code HALFOFF at checkout.
The Cheesecake Factory
Leading up to Halloween this year, The Cheesecake Factory is giving out some spooktacular treats – not tricks! From Monday, Oct. 25, through Friday, Oct. 29, guests will be treated to one complimentary slice of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake or Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake with their online purchase or $40 or more, using the promo code TREATME.
Get a $5 Margarita of the Month – The Spider Bite ‘Rita – special during the month of October.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Enjoy monster savings at Chipotle Mexican Grill on Halloween night. The popular Mexican eatery is bringing back its popular Boorito giveaway for the 21st year by scaring up $5 entrées for all on Oct. 31 — from 5 p.m. to closing.
Chuck E. Cheese
You can party like every day is Halloween at the kids’ entertainment venue, starting now and lasting through Oct. 31. The Halloween Boo-Tacular lets kids enjoy games, ghoulish goodies and free game play for kids in costume.
Families can dance into the moonlight with DJ Munch during a 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 at the new Haunted House Party dance, with free Chupa Chups candy to sweeten the deal.
For families celebrating in the comfort of their own castles and carriages, Chuck E. Cheese has exciting new Boo-tacular-themed videos every Friday during “Afternoon Fun Breaks” to enjoy at home. They’ll be available on YouTube and YouTube Kids.
On Friday afternoon, Oct. 29, kids can enjoy a free 30-minute YouTube streaming 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 at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time.
And, because the spooky day falls on Sunday this year, Chuck E. will follow the tradition of Sensory Sensitive Sunday. Restaurants will open two hours early for a sensory-friendly celebration with sugar-free treats included.
Check this link for the fine print and be sure to verify participation before you go.
Take a bite out these two Coco’s Bakery specials: On Tuesdays all day long, kids 10 years of age or younger will receive a free kid’s meal with any online order. Use the code FREEKIDSMEAL when ordering. Restrictions apply. And on Wednesday, buy a Family Meal using the promo code FREEPIE and receive a FREE slice of pie.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Order a Complete Feast for Thanksgiving from Dickey’s barbecue between now and Nov. 15 and get a FREE pumpkin pie. The Complete Feast serves 10-12 and includes:
- A choice of spiral cut ham, smoked turkey, Cajun fried turkey, peppercorn garlic or traditional prime rib
- Cornbread dressing
- Baked potato casserole
- Green beans with bacon
- 12 buttery rolls
The full-service Southern diner with more than 300 locations across the U.S. will be offering a free Kids Meal (dine-in only) Oct. 30 and 31 with the purchase of an adult entrée at participating locations.
Families will flip over this freebie at IHOP on Halloween. On Oct. 29, kids (12 & under) can sink their “fangs” into a Scary Face pancake for FREE — from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cookie monsters (actually, all monsters, witches and ghosts) will want to head to Insomnia Cookies for a sweet treat. Show up to the cookie shop in your Halloween costume for a FREE Classic Cookie — on Oct. 30 and 31.
Starting Oct. 16, doughnut lovers can enjoy Saturday Scary Sharies every Saturday through Oct. 30. Buy any dozen doughnuts and get a $1 “Saturday Scary Sharies” dozen packaged in a special-edition spell-book box (while supplies last.) On Halloween, get a free doughnut when you visit a Krispy Skreme — er, Krispy Kreme shop — in costume. No purchase is necessary!
Parents will want to stop at McAlister’s Deli over the Halloween weekend. From Oct. 29 to 31, enjoy two (2) FREE Kids Meals with the purchase of an adult entrée — use promo code HALLOWEEN21.
Who has time to cook (or eat) dinner on Halloween? Papa John’s has a festive deal to keep you out of the kitchen. Order Papa John’s festive Jack-o-lantern pizza with a pepperoni border and smiley face made from your favorite pizza ingredients and toppings. The price varies by market, but is usually around $11.
Get a 1,000 point bonus toward your first $15 reward when you sign up for the P.F.Chang’s Rewards Program.
Qdoba Mexican Eats
Spice up your Halloween at Qdoba Mexican Eats. Qdoba Rewards members enjoy a buy-one-get-one FREE entrée on Oct. 31. If you’re not a member, you can sign-up anytime between now and even on Halloween to get the tasty deal.
If you’re throwing a Halloween party, consider providing a monstrous spread from Red Robin for all of the princesses, goblins and more. Save $25 on a catering order of $100 or more with promo code HALLOWEEN25 — through Oct. 31.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
During the entire month of October, Romano’s Macaroni Grill is serving up a big dish of gratitude for the community heroes by sharing one its most popular dishes on the house — Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti. The offer is available to firefighters, police officers, paramedics and hospital medical staff.
Halloween is the time to be corny and silly with friends and family! And you can make it “cornier” at the Sonic Drive-In with its monster special on Halloween, Oct. 31 — get a corn dog for just 50 cents, all day. There is no limit, so everyone can bite into a dog for just a few bucks.
Wendy’s free food on fry-days
The fast-food chain is spotlighting its Hot & Crispy Fries with a weekly special for fry fans. Customers who purchase a medium fry will score a different freebie each Friday in October via an in-app offer. Get more details here.
Wendy’s Boo Books
Get the chain’s Halloween BOO! Book for just $1 with 5 coupons — each good for a FREE Jr. Frosty. The books are available through Halloween, while supplies last.
Zaxby’s is partnering with the American Red Cross for an October-long initiative to drive blood donor turnout. Zaxby’s will encourage people to give up their lunch breaks, roll up their sleeves and donate blood for a free Signature Sandwich. No Zaxby’s near you? You can still be rewarded for donating blood. The Red Cross will honor each donation with a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.
The Signature Sandwich features a double hand-breaded fillet, with three thick-sliced, crinkle-cut pickle chips served on a buttery toasted, split-top potato bun with a choice of Zax Sauce or Spicy Zax Sauce. Donors can redeem the free Signature Sandwich by clicking the link included in the American Red Cross “thanks for donating” email.
Need some cheap and easy costume ideas? Check out our round-up of more than 100 ideas. And don’t forget about Fido — click here for pet costume ideas.
NOTE: Not all locations offer the same national promotions. As a result, price and participation may vary. It's always wise to call ahead for verification in your area. We strive to keep up with “limited-time offers,” but deals may end without notice.
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