Six Spooky Halloween-Themed Restaurant Meals, Food Deals and Contests


The Jack-O-Lantern pizza: It's very real. - IMAGE VIA
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We're not exactly ready for our close-up on Extreme Couponing, but Gut Check does love us a good deal on food. And though Halloween isn't the most food-based holiday, it isn't the least, either. After much research and investigative reporting, we've compiled a list of the best restaurant and food deals doled out in the name of All Hallows' Eve.

Papa Murphy's Beginning Wednesday, October 24, Papa Murphy's, a national pizza chain with five locations in the greater St. Louis area, begins selling its signature "Jack-O-Lantern" pizza. Papa Murphy's isn't like other pizza places, though. Instead of placing an order and picking up a baked, ready-to-eat pie, Papa Murphy's sells "Take 'N' Bake" pizzas that customers bake at home. The "Jack-O-Lantern" pizza includes cheese and pepperoni slices and takes 12 to 19 minutes to bake.

Papa Murphy's has locations in Oakville, Wildwood, Florissant, St. Charles and O'Fallon, Illinois. Chipotle For a quick, cheap dinner on Halloween, Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering $2 burritos, bowls, salads or tacos after 6 p.m. to customers dressed in farm-inspired costumes as part of its Boorito promotion. Farmers, farm animals, farm tools or equipment, vegetables, crops, perhaps a silo or migrant get the $2 burrito, it doesn't really matter. In fact, wearing a pair of overalls and a straw hat will probably do the trick. To enter Chipotle's companion costume contest, however, a bit more care and creativity should probably go into the costume. Participants in the costume contest need only snap a photo of themselves standing inside or in front of a Chipotle restaurant on Halloween and submit it to its Boorito site by Thursday, November 8. The grand prize is $2,500; five runner-ups will win $1,000 and twenty runners-up will win a burrito party for ten guests at any Chipotle location.

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White Castle This year, White Castle is asking Craver Nation to "Cravify" their old Halloween photos for its "FrankenSlider Challenge." Participation is simple: Upload a photo of yourself in a Halloween costume to White Castle's little shop of hamburgers site and replace your head with a giant slider hamburger. For your trouble you'll be entered into a contest to win a "Scary Movie Prize pack."

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Steak 'n Shake The limited-time "Oktoberfest Steakburger 'n Fries" meal at Steak 'n Shake isn't specific to Halloween, but it's certainly a fly-by-night autumnal special that falls under October's umbrella, so we're counting it. This cheesy, meaty monster burger stacks a double steakburger with Swiss cheese, sauteed onions and black-forest ham on a toasted pretzel bun and costs only $5.49. Other seasonal menu items include a caramel apple shake and campfire s'mores shake.

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McDonald's Select McDonald's locations sell Halloween coupon booklets for $1, which gets you twelve free product coupons including four free small cones, four free apple-slice packets and four free milk "chugs" or juice boxes. That there's no expiration date for the coupons is kind of a plus, but the fact that you have to pay for "free" food that doesn't amount to a full meal is kind of a bummer. Still, we'll take those ice-cream cones.

Unrelated to Halloween but relevant to St. Louis' interests, McDonald's is also offering a deal on Big Macs in October: Buy one Big Mac, get the second for 25 cents on Cardinals' game days.

Wendy's Like McDonald's, select Wendy's locations are selling $1 coupon books that feature free junior frosty dessert coupons -- and as Gut Check recently reported, there's a new Wendy's location in St. Louis on Hampton Avenue.