Trick-or-treaters can get a lot more than free candy this Halloween.
A Halloween costume also is the ticket to a smorgasbord of free and cheap meal deals and goodies for kids of all ages at restaurants nationwide. In some cases, a costume or purchase isn’t required to score all the special treats.
Likely because of all the trick-or-treating and holiday parties, Halloween is often a slower than average day at local restaurants.
Brad Plothow, vice president of brand and communications for Womply, said the small business software provider’s data science team analyzed transactions at 42,000 local restaurants every day in 2018.
“Our projections show foot traffic should be lower than normal at local restaurants on All Hallow’s Eve,” Plothow told USA TODAY. “If you’re hoping to grab a bite at your favorite haunt on Halloween, you’re in luck.”
Restaurants with 20 or more U.S. locations with a deal or freebie not listed here can submit details through this form.
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Early Halloween deals
The following specials start before Thursday at participating locations. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.
Bass Pro Shops: The mega outdoor store has its annual Great Pumpkin Celebration with free kids’ activities and photos for Halloween. The festivities take place noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 4 to 8 p.m. Halloween with a costume parade starting at 6 p.m. Thursday. Learn more and find a full schedule of events at www.basspro.com/halloween.
Cheesecake Factory: From Monday through Thursday, with DoorDash delivery and pickup orders of $30 or more, get a free slice of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake or Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake with promo code TREATORTREAT, while supplies last.
Chuck E. Cheese: Through Halloween, kids get 50 free tickets when they stop in wearing their Halloween costumes and play All You Can Play.
DoorDash: Through 11:59 p.m. PT Thursday, the on-demand delivery service is rewarding customers for dressing up as their favorite food item with $10 off that item. To get the “Eat Your Costume” offer, you’ll need to take a photo of yourself, friend, kids or pets dressed as a food item that is orderable on DoorDash and follow @DoorDash on Instagram. Then post your costume photo on Instagram using #DashOWeen. DoorDash says it will then direct message $10 in DoorDash credit for the food.
Friendly’s: Through Thursday, kids 12 and younger wearing a Halloween costume get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree.
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