Albuquerque Zoo Boo: Kids Go Free

October 24, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Zoo Boo

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Albuquerque BioPark celebrates Halloween with the annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo on October 26, 2013, and kids get free admission!

The 25th annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 26, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult, and adult admission is $9 for New Mexico residents with ID. (Adult admission is $12.50 for non-residents.)

If you want to do the math another way, if one New Mexico resident grown-up takes four not-yet-grown-ups, you all enjoy Zoo Boo for less than $2 per person!  ABQ BioPark defines a child as aged 3-12 for its regular tickets. Make sure the small humans go in costume though! (As if you could stop them.)

Expect to spook it up at the Albuquerque Zoo Boo with:

  • Games and Haunted Habitats
  • Trick-or-treating with candy from local sponsors
  • Backyard Boo for tiny tots
  • A costume parade and judging for children aged 12 and under. There are three different contests at various times. Baby Boo & Cutest is at 11:30 am, then Best Boy Costume & Best Girl Costume at 1:30 pm, followed by Scariest & Funniest at 3:30 pm.
  • A screaming contest with the first round starting at 12:30 pm. Boy, I should enter that. Especially if they have any of those creepy-crawlies on the loose at the zoo!
  • A Jack-o-lanterns display from the BioPark’s staff pumpkin carving contest.
  • Entertainment from KISS-FM.

Halloween is such a special occasion for kids and the Albuquerque Zoo Boo at the ABQ BioPark provides a fun alternative to trick-or-treating.  Zoo Boo has been the zoo’s busiest day of the year in past years, and it gives the parents a price break! It’s great that the event is celebrating its quarter century.

A free Park and ride will be available from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot from 10 am – 5 pm.

New Mexico BioPark Society members get free admission (as they always do to all ABQ BioPark facilities).

Go scare yourself at Albuquerque Zoo Boo:

  • When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • Admission: 4 costumed children get free admission with a paying adult.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, is located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania


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Halloween Cheap Tricks and Terrorific Treats

October 29, 2012 by  
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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

HALLOWEEN FOOD DEALS

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!

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Zoo Boo: Kids Go Free

October 26, 2012 by  
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Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark ZooAlbuquerque BioPark celebrates Halloween with Zoo Boo on October 27, 2012, and kids get free admission!

The 24th annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 27, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult, and adult admission is $10. If you want to do the math another way, if one grown-up takes four not-yet-grown-ups, you all enjoy Zoo Boo for $2 per person! (ABQ BioPark defines a child as aged 3-12 for its regular tickets.)

Expect to spook it up at ABQ Zoo Boo with:

  • Games and Haunted Habitats.
  • Backyard Boo for tiny tots.
  • A costume parade and judging for children aged 12 and under. There are three different contests at various times. Baby Boo & Cutest is at 11:30 am, then Best Boy Costume & Best Girl Costume at 1:30 pm, followed by Scariest & Funniest at 3:30 pm.
  • I Scream for Funky Monkey Ice Cream Contests at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.
  • A Jack-o-lanterns display from the BioPark’s staff pumpkin carving contest.
  • Entertainment from KISS-FM.
  • PLUS they promise “sweet treats” from local sponsors handing out candy throughout the zoo.

Halloween is such a special occasion for kids, and the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo Boo provides a fun alternative to trick or treating.  Zoo Boo is the zoo’s busiest day of the year, and it gives the parents a price break!

A free Park and ride will be available from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot from 10 am – 5 pm.

New Mexico BioPark Society members get free admission (as they always do to all ABQ BioPark facilities).

Go scare yourself at Zoo Boo:

  • When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • Admission: 4 costumed children get free admission with a paying ($10) adult.  Taking more kids? It’s an additional $4.50 per child.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, is located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania

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Half Off Dragons House of Horror

September 18, 2012 by  
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Plan ahead for Halloween with 50% off the Dragon’s House of Horror haunted house.  The limited time deal is to pay $15 for two people’s admission to the haunted house in Rio Rancho, worth up to $30.

To be honest, I don’t have to wait till Halloween to experience a House of Horror. Here at Cheap Central I’ve been juggling so many projects for magazines and clients, dashing from one deadline to the next, that our humble abode has become quite the horror of housework waiting to be done. I wouldn’t be surprised to find zombies under the bed along with the dust bunnies.

But if you’re looking to be haunted by the more traditional type of terror this Halloween season, planning ahead with the Dragon’s House of Horror $15 for two people deal might thrill you with some spooky savings.  The regular admission price for the Halloween haunted house attraction in Rio Rancho is $15 per adult and $10 for kids aged 12 and under. So obviously you get the best discount on the $15 for two people deal via Groupon if you use it for two adult admissions, and pay on the door for any kids you’re towing along to terrorize.

Actors put the life death into The Dragon’s House of Horror, complete with ghastly sound effects, and apparently they amp up the terror factor later in the evening. From 5 pm they reckon it will be OK for younger children and it includes a kids’ harvest. After 7 pm it gets scarier. I don’t know this haunted house event so if you’ve been and have any feedback to share, tell us in the comments box below!

The offer via Albuquerque Groupon is available till Friday, assuming they have no cap on quantities and don’t sell out earlier. Then admission is valid during the life of the haunted house until October 31. You’re really not going to want to visit a haunted house after October 31, are you? And if you do, you’re even spookier than than the spooks.  

Seeing as Halloween is scarily expensive enough with all that candy to buy, any way to calm the spirits (and the bank account) sounds good to me. Let us know if you go!

–Tania.  FYI I’ve linked you straight to the deal with my Groupon affiliate links.

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Halloween Candy Buy Back

October 31, 2011 by  
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Halloween candy is great… in moderate quantities.  I can barely believe I just wrote that, being such a sweet tooth. I have chocolate stashed all over the house, and just this week found a mini chocolate egg in my desk drawer that I must have stowed away at Easter, in case of chocolate emergency.

But after Halloween is over, if the kids are laden down more Trick or Treat candy than you know what to do with, they can trade the candy for cash… all for a good cause.

In the Halloween Candy Great Candy Trade In by Comfort Dental on Tuesday November 1, 2011, kids can take their candy to participating Comfort Dental dentists, and receive $1 for every pound of candy. The locations for the five Albuquerque dentists  in the Candy Trade In are listed at the website of our friends over at 100.3 The Peak. We understand that the candy is sent in a partnership with Blue Star Moms to troops stationed overseas.

The national Halloween Candy Buy Back program also includes some Albuquerque dentists. Dates for these may 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 Alegre Dental (2116 Vista Oeste NW #202) is one of the dentists participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back, offering $1 per pound of candy to a maximum of five pounds. Find other dentists in the Halloween Candy Buy Back by plugging in your zip code.

Happy ghost hunting, and I guess this gives everyone an even greater incentive to stash up on yet more Halloween candy when trick or treating!

–Tania

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Food Freebies & Deals: Oct 28 – Nov 4, 2011

October 28, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant Halloween treats without tricks, including kids eat free, Halloween weekend specials, and more for the week ahead. We’re still following up some Halloween deals – so check back later for updates!

Free IHOP Scary Face Pancake for kids today, Friday October 28. It’s one free pancake per child aged 12 and under at participating locations till 10 pm.

Souper Salad Free Kid’s Buffet when you dine in and buy an adult entree, today through November 1, using the coupon at participating locations.

Boston Market Free Kid’s Meal when you buy an adult meal (looks like minimum purchase must be $10) from October 29 – 31, using the coupon at participating restaurants. There’s also a Boston Market $2 off coupon valid on a $10 purchase to November 6.

Word on the grapevine is that Kids Eat Free at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes when they visit in costume between October 29-31. The freebie is for children under 12, with one kid freebie per purchase of an adult meal.

TGI Friday’s Halloween free appetizer when you go in Halloween costume this weekend through October 31. The free appetizer choice is fried mozzarrella, pot stickers, or crispy green bean fries, at participating locations. Haven’t had chance to call the ABQ TGI Friday’s to see if it’s on board, but they did participate last year.

TGI Friday’s BOGO Free Coupon to get a free entree when you buy one entree and two beverages for dine-in through November 1. It’s one coupon per table, per visit, at participating locations, and check the fine print for some exclusions on promo menus.

You *might* get a freebie at Old Town Pizza Parlor, if you eat fast! For their Halloween Ghost Chile Challenge, customers who order a sausage, cheese, and chile-smothered 10″ pizza (read hot) and eat it ALL up in 20 minutes, get the pizza free! Plus a $20 gift card. Personally I’d rather take my time to enjoy it and just pay for the pizza, but if you’re a fast eater anyway…. the Old Town Pizza Parlor offer runs through November 6.

PF Chang’s 20% Off Online Orders using the promo code: TREAT from tomorrow, October 29 to October 31. They announced the Halloweed deal on their Facebook page, but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to use the PF Chang’s promo code!

El Pinto Free Guacamole Appetizer on November 1, all day, with the purchase of an entree and when you ask for the “Best of the City guacamole please” at El Pinto, 10500 4th Street.

Pizzeria Espiritu in Santa Fe Half Price Pay $19 for a pizza meal for two with one salad, one pizza, and two beers, valued at about $38.  The Groupon offer is available today, although they’re not clear on expiration date to use the certificate.

Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market Dog Boo on October 29 with judging at 10:30 am, and it’s free to watch and to enter your dog in costume for the contest, with prizes from Tail Waggin Treats. You need to register a dog at the Tail Waggin Treats booth. They’re also giving away some pumpkins to carve at the market. Although the market was due to close on October 29, word is that they’re staying open another week till November 5, at Robinson Park, 801 Central Avenue NW.

Napoli Coffee $2 Off a $9 purchase with the coupon courtesy of QponABQ, valid until October 31.

Mimi’s Cafe 20% Off Your Check using the coupon on a purchase of minimum $20 dollars. The offer doesn’t apply to alcohol, nor tax and tip, and you can’t use it for gift cards and some promo menu items, otherwise it’s good till November 3.

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays through the month of November 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine! As the cost of vino is always a large part of the check when I dine out with Mr Cheap (because Darling, I hardly eat a thing) I think I’ll be timing a trip there for the wine offer nights!

These Heritage Hotel coupons for their restaurants are all valid to December 30, 2011, so we have plenty of time to take advantage of them, including:

Waffle House Free Waffle using the coupon for dine-in only, until November 11, 2011.

Free Chili’s Appetizer when you join Chili’s email club. They send offers to email subscribers, and when you sign up (via MySavings) you can print out a coupon for a free Skillet Queso & Chips with the purchase of an entree.

80% off Restaurant.com already discounted dining certificates when you enter the promo code PUMPKIN at checkout through October 31. Restaurant.com certificates are already discounted, so prices with the extra 80% off promo code:

  • $25 certificate (usually $10 or $15) now costs $2 or $3
  • $50 certificate (usually $20) now costs $4
  • $100 certificate (usually $40) now costs $8
  • Buy at Restaurant.com through October 31, using promo code PUMPKIN at checkout.
  • No expiration date on certificates, and no shipping fees for email certificates.
  • Check individual restaurants for deal terms (eg minimum spend) to make sure they’re a good deal for you, and some certificate prices may vary from the typical examples above.

Bailey’s on the Beach Yoga Deal It’s the last few days to spend $20 at Bailey’s on the Beach and get a voucher for a free yoga session at Hot Yoga Downtown. Eat first, work it off later. I like that! Offer good to the end of October.

Cheap Chicken: How does 5 pieces of chicken, 2 sides, and 2 biscuits sound? How about for only $6.99? Use the Popeyes Chicken Coupon for the San Mateo location, or the Popeyes Coupon for the Coors location. Both are good to December 31, 2011. Or find Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen coupons for another location. It does bother me that they don’t put an apostrophe in *Popeye’s* but it’s a good deal so I’ll forgive them.

Taco Bell Free Chicken Flatbread Sandwich Combo when you buy a $20 gift card.  Plan ahead for holiday gifts and get a freebie!

Landry’s Seafood Free Appetizer with the purchase of two entrees, using the coupon through December 31, 2011. The coupon (scroll down at the link) is good for a free app up to $9.99 and is ONLY valid at the Albuquerque Landry’s Seafood, 5001 Jefferson NE.

Get a free $25 dining certificate with the Entertainment Book and free shipping for the new 2012 edition (you can use the 2012 coupons now). The Albuquerque/Santa Fe Entertainment Book includes restaurant and shopping coupons and deals at attractions, including discounts, 2-for-1 deals, freebies with purchase, etc. The $40 book (for ABQ, many other city books cost $35) claims to offer over $92,000 in local savings, including 275 restaurant coupons.

Jack in the Box $1 Off an Outlaw Burger or a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with the coupon, valid to December 25, 2011. That would be Christmas.

Pizza Nine Coupons include:

  • Free 2 liter soda with a medium or large pizza purchase
  • Free dessert with a medium or large pizza purchase
  • $5 off any $20 purchase
  • Free medium pizza when you buy a large specialty pizza (only for carry-out orders)

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my Groupon, MySavings, Entertainment Book, and Restaurant.com affiliate links on those specific deals. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

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Halloween Cheap Tricks and Terrorific Treats

October 27, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Halloween celebrations put a tingle in your spine! Here’s are some free, cheap, or just plain good fun, good value Halloween events for the next few days and over the weekend.

Primitive Fear is a haunted house production, with catacombs and crypts, and usually some surprises to scare the living daylights out of everyone.  Tickets are $15, and the haunted house is at the Coronado Center Mall on the east side by Fuddruckers. Seems they’re getting mixed reviews this year, so if you’ve been to the 2011 Primitive Fear, let us know in the comments box below if it’s worth the fifteen bucks!

Manor of Mayhem haunted house stars kids from local high schools, with some proceeds going to the schools and charity.  Admission is $15, and the haunted house at Cottonwood Mall is open 6 pm till midnight on Friday and Saturday, otherwise 6 – 10 pm, through October 31.

Michaels Stores Free Halloween Crafts Make it and take it event for kids  to design a Halloween Clay Pot (pot costs 50 cents), October 28 from 6 – 8 pm while supplies last. On Saturday October 29 make a free trick or treat Duck Tape tote or pail (11 am – noon) followed by free face painting (noon – 1:30 pm) and a Halloween parade (1:30 – 2 pm.) On Sunday October 30, free make it and take it Halloween Crayola pumpkin patch event, from 1-3 pm.

Routes and Rentals Halloween tours by bike still have space on their Friday October 28 tour at 7 pm at time of writing, but book fast. The 2.5 hour freewheel around haunted Albuquerque is for adults and “open-minded” kids aged 12+,  with refreshments. It’s $35 if you rent a bike for the tour, or take your own bike and the tour is discounted to $25. (You must sport front and rear safety lights.)

Bookworks Halloween Party for Kids Free on Saturday October 29, from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Cider, doughnuts and scary stories with APS librarian and storyteller, Jill Logan, and kids are welcome to go in costume. I guess adults could too. It’s a free country. Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, next to Flying Star Cafe.

Quelab’s Haunted Lab on Saturday October 29 from 6 – 10 pm looks like it’ll do just about everything but recreate Frankenstein. The creepy chemistry lab promises animated ghosts, realistic corpses, a moving severed animated head, LED pumpkins and more, at $10 per person, kids under 12 go free. They’re at 1112 2nd Street NW.

SAGA Tricks and Treats Halloween Carnival The Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy Halloween event on October 29 from 5 – 7:30 pm includes a haunted house, games, contests, prizes, gymnastics and trick or treating. Adults go free, and it’s $5 admission per child for 5 tickets.

Old Town Fall Festival on Saturday October 29 from 3 pm to 8:30 pm, with a pet parade and costume contest at Old Town Plaza at 6 pm followed by a costume contest for humans at 6:30 pm! These are free and there will also be strolling musicians. Other activities such as hay rides around the plaza, the Carnival Area at Patio Escondido, an Art Make & Take and Magic Show at Poco a Poco Patio, pumpkin painting, face painting, balloon animals and Trick or Treat bags require tickets at $1 each or 6 for $5, to benefit the San Felipe de Neri church.

Thriller New Mexico on Saturday, October 29 at 8 pm in the Old Town Plaza. This technically follows on from the Old Town Fall Festival, but as I’ve been following the rehearsals of Thrill the World Albuquerque, I have to give it a separate shout-out! A bunch of people have learned Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance, and will perform it (free) on Saturday, as part of the Thrill the World effort to break the global record of the largest ever simultaneous dance of Thriller. I’m not sure how it can be simultaneous globally when everyone in Europe will be in bed, but maybe it’s just the same day. ANYWAY, it should be a thrill to watch!

Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 29, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult – adult admission (aged 13 up) is $7. Zoo Boo includes haunted habitats, games, a costume parade, and “sweet treats” from local sponsors. (Although one ABQ on the Cheap reader said the treats were underwhelming on her visits, so maybe enjoy the free admission and take a few back-up treats of your own.)

Albuquerque Maize Maze Haunted Maze on October 29 – 31 at the Rio Grande Community Farm Dino Maze. They’re staying open late till 10 pm each night, 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.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales stays open late till 10 pm on October 29 and 31. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids aged 3-11, and tots aged 2 or under go free.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch adds a fall festival to the mix on October 29 and 30, with chainsaw carving and a crafts fair. It’s a great space for kids to play, and admission is free through October 31, from 9 am – 6 pm daily.

Hinkle Family Fun Center Fall Festival on Sunday October 30 from 2 – 5 pm. Kids in costume get free admission to go trick or treating at sponsors booths on the mini golf course. A $20.95 Pumpkin Pass gives three hours of unlimited play on attractions.

Tours of Old Town Ghost Tours take place as usual at 8 pm nightly (and 10 pm some nights) in October. 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 Check out our earlier post for free templates to make the carving a little easier…

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

Happy Ghost Busting!

–Tania

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IHOP Free Scary Face Pancake for Kids

October 26, 2011 by  
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Free IHOP Scary Face PancakeA Halloween treat that’s sweet and scary at the same time, and even better – it’s FREE!

If you missed our mention of this deal before, don’t forget that kids aged 12 and under get a free Scary Face Pancake at IHOP restaurants this Friday October 28, from 7 am to 10 pm.

According to an IHOP media release, it’s part of the No Tricks – Just Treats program to celebrate the Halloween tradition in a “tasty and playful way.”  (Have they SEEN me eating pancakes? There’s nothing playful about it, and it’s pretty scary all on its own. Watch out for the flying syrup! Oh, I forgot. I’m not a child, so I don’t get the freebie, natch!)

Kids design their own Scary Face Pancake, which comes complete with whipped topping and a strawberry nose, plus two mini Oreo cookies and candy corn on the side, so they can do exactly what their parents always told them not to. (ie: Play with their food.)

The deal is for one free IHOP Scary Face Pancake per child aged 12 and under, on dine in only, at participating locations on Friday October 28, 2011, from 7 am to 10 pm.  No purchase is required.

Note: Although this is a nationwide promotion, not all locations may be participating. Call ahead if you want to be sure. Find an Albuquerque IHOP restaurant near you.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Zoo Boo: Kids Go Free

October 21, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque BioPark celebrates Halloween with Zoo Boo on October 29, 2011, and kids get free admission!

The 23rd annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 29, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult, and adult admission is $7. If you want to do the math another way, if one grown-up takes four not-yet-grown-ups, you all enjoy Zoo Boo for $1.40 a piece! (ABQ BioPark defines a child as aged 3-12 for its regular tickets.)

Expect to spook it up at ABQ Zoo Boo with:

  • Games
  • Haunted Habitats
  • A costume parade and judging
  • PLUS they promise “sweet treats” from local sponsors

They usually have some kind of entertainment, but no word on that yet. Halloween is such a special occasion for kids, and the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo Boo provides a fun alternative to trick or treating.  They reckon the 2011 Zoo Boo will be bigger than ever before, and it gives the parents a price break!

Park and ride will be available from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot between 10 am – 5 pm.

New Mexico BioPark Society members get free admission (as they always do to all ABQ BioPark facilities).

Go scare yourself at Zoo Boo:

  • When: Saturday, October 29
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • Admission: 4 costumed children get free admission with a paying ($7) adult.

Visitors to Albuquerque – see the map for the ABQ BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania

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CVS Halloween Party Freebie for Kids

October 20, 2011 by  
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Get $5 worth of freebies for kids in the CVS/pharmacy Halloween Costume Party, plus a free $10 gift card for select purchases.

CVS/pharmacy is calling this a “spooktacular” customer appreciation event. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who makes lousy puns :-)

At the CVS Halloween party on Sunday October 23, 2011, take your child wearing a Halloween costumes to CVS and make any purchase, and your child receives a free Halloween gift pack. According to the press release, the gift pack contains:

  • $5 worth of candy, toys, trick or treat safety items
  • $10 in coupons for Halloween products

In addition, you can also get a free 5″x7″ photo of your child in costume. The times of the in-store costume photo shoot will vary by location, so you’ll have to check with your local CVS store.

The free gift bags are available while supplies last, so I’d get to the store sooner rather than later on Sunday.

The CVS/pharmacy Halloween Party is planned for all locations nationally.

In an ongoing deal, CVS is also giving a free $10 gift card to customers spending $30 on selected products. The items (from detergent to beauty products) change each week and are marked in the store. If these items are already on your shopping list, it’s a great way to get ten bucks worth of gift card, or just keep watching for the marked products next week!

The free $10 gift card choices vary, but have included cards for CVS/pharmacy (of course), plus Macy’s, Gap, Applebee’s, Shell Stations, American Express, and Barnes & Noble. There is a limit of five free gift cards per customer.

There are at least nine Albuquerque CVS/pharmacy stores.

Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for tipping us off to the free gift for kids at the party!

–Tania

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