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10 Free Or Near-Free Restaurant Deals On Halloween

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 1.10.49 AMWhy should the little ghosts and goblins have all the fun?

This year many restaurants are giving parents a “treat” with free or near-free meals or snacks on Halloween.

Here are 10 “treats” designed to make the holiday a little easier on Mom and Dad. As usual, the deals are at participating locations only so you might want to call the store near you to find out if they’re in on the deal. Some of the deals may require coupons so check the links.

Free Pancakes: Kids 12 and under get a FREE Scary Face Pancake at IHOP restaurants on Halloween.

Free Outback meal: Kids 10 and under get a FREE meal when an adult purchases an entrée.

Cheap corn dogs: Sonic Drive-In is offering corn dogs for 50 cents all day on Halloween. No limit.

Free doughnut: Krispy Kreme is giving each costumed customer a FREE doughnut on Halloween.

Cheap burritos: Chipotle is offering “boo-ritos,” bowls, salads or tacos for only $3 to costumed customers on Halloween.

Cheap Frosties: Through October 31, pay $1 for a book of coupons at Wendy’s; each coupon gets you for a free junior Frosty.

Free Bacon: It’s “trick or meat” at Arby’ on Friday. Say “trick or meat” at the restaurant, and you’ll get FREE bacon on anything from a burger to a milkshake.

Free kids meal: Kids get a FREE meal with the purchase of an individual meal through Friday at Boston Market.

Free kids meal: Kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult entrée on Halloween at Olive Garden.

Kids Eat Free: Kids in costume eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal at McAlister’s Deli. The offer is good all day.

 

 

 

 

Last Chance For ‘Boo At The Zoo,’ Saint Louis Zoo’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for Halloween

It’s your last chance to take your kids to The Saint Louis Zoo‘s Boo at the Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

The event is held  5:30 to 8:30. The last day is Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct.] 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

Free: Downloadable Pumpkin Carving Stencils For Halloween

Ichabod’s Fate from Pumpkin Masters

Looking for some inspiration for carving your  jack-o-lantern this Halloween?

If you need a little help, you can get some awesome pumpkin carving patterns from:

With these pumpkin carving patterns, you’ll soon have a great looking jack-o-lantern on your porch!

So sharpen your knife, get a pumpkin and have some fun!

FREE: Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra

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Town & Country Symphony Symphony Orchestra musicians continue their decade-long tradition of dressing in costume for their October concert.

See the musicians in costume at their FREE Halloween Concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Principia School Ridgeway Auditorium. The auditorium is at 13201 Clayton Road, east of Mason Road and west of Ballas Road. The concert is free and open to the public

This year’s program will feature Brandon Smith, baritone.

The program will include:

Danse Macabre op.40……………………………………………………………… Camille Saint Saens

Light Cavalry Overture ……………………………………………………………..Franz von Suppe

“The Toreador Aria” from Carmen ……………………………………………..Georges Bizet
Brandon Smith, Baritone

INTERMISSION

”Hai gia vinta la cause” from The Marriage Of Figaro …………………..W.A. Mozart
Brandon Smith, Baritone

Bronze Horse Overture …………………………………………………………….D.F.E. Auber

Ichabod’s Wild Ride ………………………………………………………………..Robert Vinson

William Tell Overture ………………………………………………………………Gioachino Rossini

This suburban St. Louis community orchestra, with a history going back to 1953, also encompasses smaller ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra and Brass Choir. The orchestra gives many free concerts in a variety of community locations including churches, malls, retirement centers, and parks.

Meet The Builders Of The Gateway Arch

http://stlouisonthecheap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Screen-Shot-2014-10-24-at-11.01.16-PM.pngOctober 28, 2014 marks the 49th anniversary of the completion of construction of the Gateway Arch.

Mark the day by meeting the builders of the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere  in the Visitor Center below the Gateway Arch at from 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

You’ll have a chance to meet the men who built and worked on the Gateway Arch as it was constructed.   They will share their incredible first-hand stories of their roles in building a structure that had never been built before. The builders will also share their own memorabilia and photographs—some of which have never been seen before by the public.

Exclusive commemorative items will be available at the Gateway Arch Museum Store.

Complete your visit by taking a tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch and watching a documentary about the building of this graceful monument.

You can see construction photos from the National Park Service archives here.

Reservations are not required. Visitors are advised to arrive early to ensure a place in line.

Free: Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival This Weekend

Kimmswick Apple Butter FestivalOne of St. Louis’ best fall festivals–The Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival–takes place this weekend in the little town of Kimmswick.

The Kimmswick Historical Society cooks up their famous apple butter at the Apple Butter Pavilion on Market Street. It’s mmmmm-good.

It’s easy to spend the entire day at the annual festival.  Kimmswick’s streets will be filled with scores of booths selling crafts and food items. Plus there will be live entertainment provided by the city of Kimmswick and Kimmswick merchants.

The festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, 2014.

Kimmswick, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Jefferson County, MO, just 25 miles south of St. Louis. It was voted one of the Top 100 small towns for a getaway by Midwest Living.

The Apple Butter Festival is Jefferson County’s largest festival and draws more than 100,000 visitors. The town offers more than 20 unique shops and several restaurants in a charming little town where many of its residents still occupy the original buildings from the period of the town’s founding in 1859.

 

‘Boo At The Zoo’ Is Saint Louis Zoo’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for HalloweenThe Saint Louis Zoo has taken on a Halloween look for Boo at the Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

Boo at the Zoo is held  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night through Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

Halloween Scares Galore In St. Louis

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 10.33.44 AMHalloween in St. Louis offers scares galore.  In fact, St. Louis has some of the highest rated haunted houses in the country:

Abyss at Lemp Brewery

3500 Lemp Ave., just off I-55 and Broadway (see website for details on entering the complex).

Friday-Sunday in October and every night Oct. 24-Nov. 1 and Nov. 7-8. See website for hours of operation.

What Halloween attraction could be scarier than St. Louis’ Lemp Mansion, the said-to-be haunted home of the ill-fated Lemp Family?

Beneath the Lemp Mansion and Brewery, built more than 100 year ago, lie miles of caves and caverns which the family used as a cool place to age and store the beer it produced in the brewery.

Legend has it that Native Americans long ago cursed the miles of caves and caverns below.

The Lemp family suffered tragedy after tragedy in the house—four members committed suicide there and a fifth died under mysterious circumstances.

Now the caves are known as The Abyss, which promoters say is an “extreme scream” haunted house with “no fake monsters, no animations, simply you facing your fears head on.” Called “the darkest place on earth,” visitors go 100 feet underground in the subterranean caves and tunnels where “no one can hear your screams.

Tickets are on the pricey side ($25/person; $23 for kids under 11; add $5 for a speed pass), so check out the coupons and promotions. If you’re a real fan of scary haunts, consider the combo ticket.

The Darkness

1525 S. 8th St., St. Louis

Dates: Every night through Nov. 1—open 7:30-9:30 weekdays; 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. weekends); Open 7-12:30 a.m. on Halloween. Also open 7:30-11:30 p.m., Nov 7-8

The Darkness haunted house in Soulard is celebrating its 20th year of  freaking out visitors. The two-story building features rooms of ghouls and gore. Been there before? Don’t worry. Every year is a new experience. The owner says the Darkness gets more upgrades and the biggest renovation of any haunted house in America.  New downstairs this year: Medusa and a giant animated monster that will actually grab and try to eat you!  Upstairs SAWZILLA, a giant saw blade will rip across your head and massive Venus Fly Trap swallows you.  HauntWorld.com and USA Today ranks The Darkness as one of the best haunted houses in the country. Visit it—if you dare!

Tickets are on the pricey side ($25/person; $23 for kids under 11; add $5 for a speed pass), so check out the coupons and promotions. If you’re a real fan of scary haunts, consider the combo ticket.

Creepyworld

1400 S Old Highway 141  Fenton, MO

Dates: Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 26 and Oct 27-Nov. 1 and Nov. 7-8.  Times vary; see the website.

Scream Park at Creepyworld (from the same people who do The Darkness). has 12 scary attractions in one place including SILO-X, a giant haunted house loaded with radiation-born monsters and mutants. Also here is St Louis only Zombie City Paintball Hayride, and two new haunted houses including St Lucifers Hospital and Supermax Escape from Rikers Island.

Tickets are on the pricey side ($25/person; $23 for kids under 11; add $5 for a speed pass), so check out the coupons and promotions. If you’re a real fan of scary haunts, consider the combo ticket.

 

Fright Fest at Six Flags

4900 Six Flags Rd, Pacific, MO

Open weekends through Nov. 2, see website for times.

Prices start at $44.99 with an additional charge for haunted houses. See website for details. You can save by purchasing tickets online.

Fright Fest presented by Snickers®, Six Flags St. Louis annual Halloween Bash, is back for  season.  During the day the fun is for all ages with not-so-scary thrills, storytelling, costumes, interactive shows and musical entertainment. But Six Flags says, “When the sun goes down, the ghouls come out.” That’s the time when the freaks are unleashed and “terror is around every corner.” Many of the attractions are haunted and themed scare zones add to the fun.

Saint Louis Zoo Celebrates Halloween With ‘Boo At The Zoo’

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for HalloweenCelebrate Halloween at the kid-friendly Boo at the Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

Boo at the Zoo is held  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night through Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

FREE Purina Farms Haunted Hayloft

Haunted Hayloft at Purina FarmsThe Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a fun Halloween activity for the kids with some not-so-scary entertainment.

Haunted Hayloft will be held Friday-Sunday, Oct 17-19, 2014 and 24-26, 2014. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are required. Call 314-882-3232.

 

The event includes:

  • Storytelling
  • Magic shows,
  • Face painting
  • Canine performances
  • Trick-or-treating

Kids can enter a costume contest during the Pro Plan Performance Team shows. One winner in the age five and under category and another in the age 6-12 category will win Purina Farms gift cards worth $25.

Admission to the Haunted Hayloft is FREE but reservations are required. There is a $5 charge for parking.

Bring a dog or cal supply to donate to a local animal shelter and receive 20 percent off one item at the Purina Farms gift shop.

Purina Farms is in Gray Summit, MO,  a short drive from St. Louis. It is 10 minutes west of Six Flags St. Louis on Highway 44.  Check out the complete directions.