Freaky Freebies and Devilish Deals for Halloween
But there's also free stuff and discounts to be had from retailers and restaurant chains, who use the holiday as an excuse to run promotions. Here are a few to take advantage of.
• Every year Chipotle (CMG) runs its "Boorito" promotion, which gives you a reduced-price burrito, bowl or salad if you come in wearing a costume on Halloween. This year, you can get your dinner for just $3; that's up a dollar from last year, but on the bright side you no longer have to wear a Chipotle-related costume, as you did in years past. Up to $1 million in proceeds will go to charity.
%VIRTUAL-article-sponsoredlinks%• It's not just friendly neighbors giving out candy on Halloween: Apparently J.C. Penney (JCP) is getting in on the action, too. The retailer says that this Saturday, Oct. 26, you can bring your costumed kid into a participating store to trick-or-treat; call the store to check on hours and candy availability. There's also the usual raft of deals available in store, including a 15 percent-off coupon.
• If you visit Krispy Kreme (KKD) in costume -- sorry, "kostume" -- on Halloween, you'll get a free doughnut. Participation and selection vary by location. (Thanks to BeFrugal.com for bringing this one to our attention.)
• Darden's (DRI) big restaurants -- Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse -- are offering free food for kids around Halloween this year. LongHorn and Olive Garden offer a free kid's meal with adult entree purchase from Oct. 28 to 31 when you sign up for the newsletter; at Red Lobster, you can get the same deal through Nov. 10, though only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.