Trick-or-treaters can get a lot more than free candy this Halloween.
Wearing a costume Tuesday also can mean free or cheap meals and goodies for you and your kids.
In some cases, a costume isn't required to score special treats.
Here are some of the best Halloween deals I’ve unearthed:
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Families dining Tuesday at participating locations with costume-wearing kids 12 and younger receive up to two free kids' meals with the purchase of an adult entrée. The special is available at locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and Long Island. At participating locations nationwide, Tuesday is the last day to get $1 margaritas, also known as the Dollarita, as part of the chain's Neighborhood Appreciation Month.
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 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. On Halloween, trick-or-treating starts at 5 p.m. and a costume parade at 6. Costume parade participants also get a freebie while supplies last. Learn more and find a full schedule of events at www.basspro.com/halloween.
Baskin-Robbins: At participating ice cream shops, get $1.50 any size scoops Tuesday.
Beef 'O' Brady's: Kids in costume eat free Tuesday with the purchase of an adult meal at participating restaurants. One free kids meal per adult entrée purchase.
BurgerFi: Anyone who visits a participating BurgerFi wearing a costume Tuesday gets a free small custard. Limit one per guess and no substitutions.
Chipotle: From 3 p.m. to close Tuesday, go to any Chipotle in costume and you'll get a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for $3. Plus enter the chain’s “Burritos for a Year Sweepstakes” by texting BOORITO to 888222 by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31. Learn more at www.boorito.com.
Chuck E. Cheese: Participating locations will be giving away free slices of Candy Corn Pizza on the hour, every hour on the hour from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, while supplies last. Also through Halloween, kids get 50 free tickets when they stop in wearing their Halloween costumes. Learn more at www.chuckecheese.com.
IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at participating restaurants, children 12 and younger get a free Scary Face Pancake, which is a plain pancake they can decorate with strawberries, whipped cream, mini Oreo cookies and candy corn. There also is a chance for kids to win prizes for sharing their pancake creations on IHOP’s Facebook page or by posting to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #ScaryFacePancake and #Entry to enter.
Miller’s Ale House: Kids 12 and younger eat free on Halloween with the purchase of an adult meal.
Moe's: Through Halloween, any child 12 or younger wearing a Halloween costume will get a free kid's meal at participating locations including: Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Boynton Beach, Wellington and West Palm Beach. Other locations could also have promotions so check with your closest location.
Outback Steakhouse: Kids get a free dirt cup with the purchase of any Joey Menu entrée on Halloween.
PDQ: From 3 p.m. to close Tuesday, wear your costume to PDQ and get a free cookie with any purchase.
Pizza Hut: Through Halloween, use promo code SCARYGOOD25 on online orders for 25 percent off menu priced pizzas.
Pollo Tropical: Kids in costume receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at participating locations. A coupon posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/PolloTropical is needed to get the deal.
Red Robin: Through Halloween, get 15 percent off online orders with promo code HALLOWEEN15. Plus now through Nov. 5, when you buy a $25 limited edition Thor: Ragnarok Red Robin gift card, you’ll get a free movie ticket to the Marvel movie. Buy a gift card at the restaurant or online.
Sonic: Corn dogs are 50 cents each all-day Tuesday at participating locations.
Sonny's BBQ: From Oct. 28 through Halloween, participating locations have a "monster to go deal" for $29.99 that feeds four. Get a whole chicken, pound of pulled or sliced pork, choice of bread and three pint-sized sidekicks.
Tijuana Flats: Each location will distribute free trick-or-treat bags for kids Tuesday, which include a tear-off coupon to use in the future while supplies last. The Tex-Mex chain also will have its weekly Tijuana Tuesdaze taco deal on Halloween.
TooJay's: Kids 12 and younger eat free Oct. 27 through Halloween with purchase of an adult entrée when they show a coupon available at www.toojays.com or in email. One free kid’s meal with one paid adult entrée.
Kelly Tyko is a columnist for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. This column reflects her opinion. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista and follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/featured-newsletter/bargainistabest.
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