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    Here are special foods and deals at restaurants for Halloween 2023
    • October 27, 2023

    From pumpkin-shaped pizza at Papa John’s to Scooby Doo doughnuts at Krispy Creme and Chipotle’s ever-popular Booritos, restaurant chains are dressing up their menus for Halloween.

    Pizza has joined candy as a Halloween tradition, and several pizza chains are taking advantage of it with holiday promotions.

    Burger King has Ghost Pepper Whoppers for Halloween. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Krispy Kreme is selling an assortment of Scooby-Doo doughnuts for Halloween. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Krispy Kreme is selling an assortment of Scooby-Doo doughnuts for Halloween. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Scooby-Doo adorns a Halloween doughnut at Krispy Kreme. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Scooby-Doo doughnuts are available for Halloween at Krispy Kreme. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    McDonald’s 2023 Boo Buckets include an orange skeleton. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)



    Most holiday promotions from restaurant chains require membership to loyalty programs these days. Check the chains’ websites for details.

    Here are some of the special foods and deals that are out there.


    7-Eleven: 7Rewards members can buy one large pizza and get another one for free Oct. 30-31, according to a news release. The convenience store chain also has a Mountain Dew Pitch Black Slurpee with a citrus flavor on tap for a limited time.

    Blaze Pizza: The Pasadena-based chain is offering new Blaze Rewards members a $5 reward for an online order of $15, according to a news release. Its pizza of the month is roasted garlic and sausage.

    California Pizza Kitchen: Dine-in guests who buy a pizza through Oct. 31 can get a free take-home pizza on their next visit with a minimum $25 purchase, according to the chain’s website.

    Chuck E. Cheese: Boo-tacular, running through Oct. 31. Fun for kids includes pumpkin-shaped pizza, daily dance parties and free game play, according to a news release.

    Marco’s Pizza: A limited time flavor called Hot Honey Pepperoni Magnifico features pepperoni and Mike’s Hot Honey. It costs $10.99 at participating locations. The code is HHMAG. Also new is Pizzoli, a handheld with meats and cheeses rolled in pizza dough. They cost $.5.99 with promo code PIZZOLI.

    MOD Pizza: Customers who visit a MOD store wearing a Halloween costume will receive 31% off their in-store purchase on Oct. 31, according to a news release.

    Mountain Mike’s Pizza: New on the menu are Cinnamon Not-Knots, a dessert made with pizza dough, cinnamon, brown sugar and mozzarella cheese.

    Papa John’s: Jack-O’-Lantern Pizza is back. It has a thin pumpkin shaped crust served unsliced with pepperoni slices that form a face.

    Pieology Pizzeria: There’s a treasure hunt on the Pie Life rewards app inviting members to “find Boo” for a reward, according to a Facebook post.

    Round Table Pizza: Guests can get two medium one-topping pizzas for $14.99 each, according to a news release.

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    Baskin-Robbins: An array of Halloween cakes includes the cute yet creepy Zombie Unicorn Cake, made to look like a winking green animal with an Oreo-coated ice cream cone for a horn. Flavor of the month is Apple Cider Donut.

    Burger King: The chain is bringing back its Ghost Pepper Whopper with an orange bun covered with black sesame seeds from last year. And it is  introducing Ghost Pepper Chicken Fries, available in four, eight or 12 pieces with choice of dipping sauce. There’s also a paper crown covered with ghosts. Through Halloween, Members of the Royal Perks program can get a meal with the scary Whopper and chicken fries, plus small french fries, a Hershey Sundae Pie and small drink for $13, according to a news release.

    Chipotle Mexican Grill: This year’s Boorito offer is for loyalty members. They can get an entrée for $6 on digital orders made between 3 p.m. and closing time. That will be a couple of hours later than usual at 53 of its restaurants near college campuses that will stay open until midnight on Halloween. Two are in Southern California, at 1077 Broxton Ave. in Westwood Village, near UCLA, and 1800 Ximeno Ave., near Cal State Long Beach. Chipotle will be giving away an exclusive bottle of Tabasco Scorpion Sauce for the first 100 orders placed after 10 p.m. at those locations, according to a news release.

    Cold Stone Creamery: Boo Batter Ice Cream, a black-colored version of its Cake Batter Ice Cream, is back for October and can be ordered with Halloween candies mixed in.

    Duck Donuts: The Spooky Box assortment includes 12 eerie flavors, from Ants Marching, a glazed doughnut with chocolate sprinkles, to Werewolf, a maple bacon doughnut with raspberry drizzle.

    Dunkin’: The Massachusetts-based chain is not only bringing back its Spider Donut, it has created a 6-foot inflatable version of it on sale for $99.99 at It’s also decorating its classic frosted doughnuts with orange and chocolate sprinkles.

    Fatburger: Customers get a free cookie with any purchase through Oct. 31, according to the chain’s website.

    McDonald’s: The fast food giant is handing out Boo Buckets with Happy Meals for a limited time. The treat-or-treat containers come in four designs for 2023: an orange skeleton, a white mummy, a green monster and a purple vampire.

    Rubio’s Coastal Grill: Rewards members can get any burrito on the menu  for $8.99 on Oct. 31, according to a news release.

    Wendy’s: The chain will kick off five days of deals on Friday, Oct. 27 with a buy-one-get-one offer on premium sandwiches, including its Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger, according to a news release. The offer wraps up Oct. 31 with free six-piece chicken nuggets with any purchase.

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    Applebee’s: To-go or delivery customers can get a free 10-piece order of boneless wings with any purchase of $40 on the chain’s website or app on Oct. 31, according to a news release. The chain is also offering “Spooky Sips” for $5, including Dracula’s Juice, made with Jose Cuervo and Bacardi Superior, and Tipsy Zombie, also with Bacardi Superior.

    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: The chain has a new Spooky Pizookie, a Cookies ‘N’ Cream cookie topped with Oreo crumbs, Halloween sprinkles and orange-tinted Vanilla Bean ice cream.

    Chili’s Grill & Bar: Margarita of the month is a $6 Trick or Treat-A-Rita, made with Lunazul Blanco Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka and topped with Halloween candy.

    Red Lobster: The seafood chain’s Tuesday deal with be a pound of snow crab legs over crispy potatoes and choice of side for $20.


    ​ Orange County Register