Halloween Cheap Tricks and Terrorific Treats

Albuquerque Halloween celebrations put a tingle in your spine! Here’s are some free, cheap, or just plain good fun, good value Halloween 2012 events and deals…

Halloween Dia del Dulce in Old Town on October 31 starts at 4 pm with trick-or-treating through 7 pm at the Old Town merchants. Other fun includes a pet parade and animal costume contest at 5 pm at the Gazebo, Interplay School of Music and Art giving a Halloween performance at 6 pm, and a costume contest for humans at 7 pm at Plaza Don Luis.

Bookworks Dog Tarot Reading is free on October 31 from 6 – 8 pm, with Heidi Schulman telling fortunes for pooches with her doggie tarot deck.  (I can predict ANY dog’s future: You will chase a ball, you will wag your tail when your human comes home, you will lick everything in sight….) Bookworks  is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, next to Flying Star Cafe.

Albuquerque Maize Maze Haunted Maze on October 31 at the Rio Grande Community Farm Maze is from 7 pm – 10 pm, get togged up in costume if you wish. Admission is $7 for adults (aged 12+), $5 kids (aged 3-11) , and free for age 2 and under.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is open with free admission through October 31, from 9 am – 6:30 pm daily. It’s a cute space and lovely for kids to play there, at 4349 Irving Boulevard on Albuquerque’s Westside, on the corner of Eagle Ranch Road and Irving.

Dragon’s House of Horror haunted house in Rio Rancho costs $15 per adult and $10 for kids aged 12 and under. They’re located at 3900 Southern Blvd, open tonight through October 31, and for latest info on times you might want to check out their Facebook page or call (505) 450-6421.

Tours of Old Town Ghost Tours has ghost tours as usual at 8 pm plus moonlight tours at 10 pm each night from October 29 – 31.  Tickets for the 90-minute walking tour are $20 with a price break at $18 for seniors 55+, military personnel, and college students. Take ID. Children aged 13-17 pay $16, or it’s $10 for ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under go free.   You have to book and pay in advance, so make Ghost Tour reservations online or call (505) 246-TOUR.

Free Halloween pumpkin stencils make the carving a little easier. The stencils from the Better Homes and Gardens website includes a wide range of designs, from classic scary faces, ghosts, and spiders, to cute dog and cat themes, smiley faces, trendy designer looks, and high tech ‘text me’ stencils (LOL!) You need to register at the Better Homes and Gardens website (it’s free!) in order to print the stencils, then attach them to the pumpkin, prick out the shape with a pin, and get carving!

Halloween Candy Buy Back program starts on November 1. If your kids are laden down with more Trick or Treat candy than you know what to do with, they can trade it in and help a good cause.  Some Albuquerque dentists are participating, although dates vary by dentist, and the swap value of the candy can vary too – dentists might offer cash, coupons, or other types of prizes. The candy is sent via Operation Gratitude or a similar group in care packages to deployed military. We know that Cosmetic Dentristy of New Mexico is one of the dentists participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back, offering kids $1 per pound of candy after 3pm on November 1 and 2. Find other dentists in the Halloween Candy Buy Back by plugging in your zip code


Kids Eat Free at Outback Steakhouse on October 31, with the purchase of an adult entree. The free Kids’ Meal is for ages 10 and under, on Halloween only, for dine-in and take-away at participating restaurants. If you dine-in on October 31, look look in the beverage book on your table to see if you find a note saying “You have found the treat.” If you do, tell the server – it’s worth a free steak dinner on your next visit between November 1 and November 29.

Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut on October 31. To get the Halloween deal, wear your Halloween costume to participating Krispy Kreme locations on October 31 and get a free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice doughnut with no purchase required.

Snag Sonic 50 Cent Corn Dogs all day on October 31 for the Halloween “corndogpocalypse” :-)

Get a Chili’s Kids Eat Free coupon from their Facebook page, valid October 29-31. You have to be Facebook user and ‘like’ their page. The freebie is with the purchase of an adult entree, and each coupon is good for up to two kids’ meals per adult entree.

This Chipotle Boo-Rito Halloween Deal offers customers in costume a $2 burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos, on October 31 from 4 pm until closing.

Buca Di Beppo Halloween Coupons give you 10% off Buca To Go famiglia meals serving 4 people or more, plus a bonus free large garlic bread. Or get a free large garlic bread with a dine-in purchase of a pasta or entree.

Fuddruckers Halloween Deal is a $1.99 kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree, on October 31 only. According to an email, it’s for kids aged 12 and under, with a limit of two kids’ meals at the $1.99 price for each adult entree ordered.

Subway Free Frankenweenie Halloween Bag with a glow stick comes with the purchase of a Fresh Fit for Kids meal.

McDonald’s Free Trick or Treat Scooby Doo Pail when you buy a kid’s Happy Meal, with Halloween stickers for the kids to decorate their pail. Available at participating locations while supplies last through November 1.

See other general restaurant promotions this week at our regular Food Freebies & Deals post.

As usual, not all locations may be participating in restaurant promotions, so call ahead if you want to be sure!

Know of any other Halloween deals or free, cheap, discounted events we should add? Let us know, we’ll keep updating…

Happy Ghost Busting!



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