Ice Cream, Pancakes and Burritos: How To Score Freebies and Deals on Halloween

10/22/2015 at 11:46 AM ET

Courtesy IHOP

Even if Halloween isn’t your thing, surely you can get behind free food.

On October 31st, chains around the country are offering spooky deals, freebies and giveaways to celebrate the holiday. Because let’s be real: The true meaning of Halloween is eating candy (and other junk) until you’re paralyzed by your stomach ache.

So, here’s how to eat more, for less — whether or not you decide to whip out your cat ears from college.

RELATED: 17 Creepy-Cute Treats to Make for Halloween

Chipotle is selling $3-dollar “booritos” all you have to do is dress up in a costume that contains an unnecessary component. (Think skeleton who also happens to be a nurse.)

IHOP is giving away free “Scary Face Pancakes” on October 30, the day before Halloween, to children 12 and under.

Baskin-Robbins‘ 70th birthday falls on Halloween, so the chain is celebrating by offering $1.31 scoops of ice cream at participating locations.

Krispy Kreme is rewarding all customers who wear their Halloween costumes to the store on Oct. 31 with a free doughnut.

Sonic will be selling corn dogs for just 50 cents. We’re not sure how this relates to Halloween, but we don’t ask questions when it comes to discounted corn dogs.

Wendy’s is giving away free Junior Frosties to customers who purchase their Halloween coupon booklet for $1. (Proceeds go to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.)

RELATED: 17 Ways to Dress Like Food for Halloween

Whole Foods is selling coffee for just 25 cents until November 3. It has zero to do with Halloween, but why not caffeinate for free as you make the rounds?

— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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