Kids Eat Free Halloween in Houston 2014 {Updated}

halloween free kids meals 2014 WMHalloween is not just about trick-or-treating these days! Many restaurants have announced special deals with free or cheap kids’ meals October 31. Here is the 2014 list:

Free

Boston Market: Kids in costume get a free kid’s meal at Boston Market, with purchase of an individual meal. Expires October 31, 2014. Print coupon here.

Gringo’s: Kids 12 and under eat free all day October 31 at Gringo’s. Limit two free kid’s meals per adult entree purchased. Dine-in only.

IHOP: Kids can score a free Scary Face Pancake October 31 at all IHOP locations, 7 am – 10 pm. The buttermilk pancake arrives with two mini Oreo cookies and candy corn for kids to decorate their own scary face! This special pancake for kids is available for a limited time.

Jimmy Changas: Kids 12 and under eat free October 31 at Jimmy Changas. Dine-in only. Up to two free kid’s meals per adult entrée purchased.

Luby’s: Kids 10 and under get a free meal at Luby’s October 31 after 4 pm with an adult meal purchase. Dine-in only.

Olive Garden: Kids get a free kid’s meal at Olive Garden with purchase of an adult entrée. You do have to register online with your email to access the coupon. Get the coupon here.

Outback Steakhouse: Get a free kid’s meal at Outback Steakhouse on Halloween with purchase of an adult entrée.

Pei Wei: Kids in costume get a free cookie with purchase of an entrée October 31 at Pei Wei, 3 pm to close. Print the offer or show on mobile device.

Texas Land and Cattle: Kids eat free all day October 31 with purchase of regularly priced adult entrée.

Cheap

Chipotle: Kids and adults in costume can score a cheap (not free) $3 meal at Chipotle October 31 after 5 pm. Select either a bullrito, bowl, tacos, salad or kid’s meal for just $3. Chipotle is donating the proceeds from Boorito, up to $1 million, to The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. Even though it’s not free, you’re helping a great cause!

Fuddruckers: Kids 10 and under can enjoy 99¢ kid’s meals 4 pm to close Halloween with purchase of an adult meal. Dine-in only.

Sonic: The fast food retailer is selling 50¢ corn dogs all day Halloween. No limit!

Houston Cirque du Soleil “Amaluna” Discounts Feb 2015

cirque du soleil amalunaI’m so thrilled to share that Cirque du Soleil is returning to Houston in February under the Big Top Tent — and I have discount tickets available!

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna hits Houston February 13-February 26 at Grand Chapiteau at Sam Houston Race Park. My favorite Cirque du Soleil performance is the one I saw under the tent. Every seat is fantastic and intimate-feeling with performers all around the air and aisles.   photo: Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna
February 13-February 26
$50 – $90 ($76.50 – $116.50 reg)
Grand Chapiteau at Sam Houston Race Park

The magical romance in Amaluna is inspired by Shakespeare’s Tempest. The night features incredible imagery, high-flying feats, aerial performers, dancers and more. As a bonus, this ticket includes a concessions package complete with popcorn and drink.

Save 25% – 35% on ticket prices, thanks to Goldstar. Go online here to purchase your tickets to this epic love story.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston October 31-November 2

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 18 Free Things to Do in Houston October 31-November 2:

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FRIDAY

Celebrate Halloween — This citywide Halloween party, Scream on the Green, is a free event for the whole family October 31, 6 pm – 10 pm. Kids will love the face painting, Scary-oke, and more. Watch a free outdoor screening of Frankenweenie beginning at 7 pm. Dress up the whole family for the costume contest with major prizes. Categories range from infants to adults and dogs! Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

Collect candy at retailers — Houston has several malls and outdoor shopping centers offering retail trick-or-treating: CityCentre, Katy Mills, Greenspoint, Premium Outlets and more! Get the scoop on all the spots here.

halloween scary pumpkinHave a goolish time — Bass Pro Shops sponsors its free Halloween activities,It’s a Great Pumpkin” through October 31. Families can enjoy free crafts, free 4×6 photo, and more. Halloween night includes trick-or-treating, costume parade, and mini pumpkin decorating. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston area locations in Katy and Pearland.

Watch The Addams Family movie — Katy’s Central Green Park is hosting a free Halloween on the Green October 31 complete with outdoor movie The Addams Family, pirate clown, and face painter. The fun kicks off October 31 at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in LaCenterra.

Watch a play outdoors — HITS Theatre brings a fun musical, The Addams Family, October 31 for free — ending November 1. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Dress up for a free scary movie — Wear a costume to Alamo Drafthouse’s Friday Night Fright Friday night and get a free ticket to see Halloween at Mason Park or Vintage Park. How scary!

Enjoy a fall festival — Don’t miss Katy’s newest Halloween celebration, Halloween in the Park, with games, trick-or-treating, costume contest, bounce house, face painting, and more. Located at VFW Park, 6202 George Bush Drive in Katy.

SATURDAY

Mingle at free museums and zoo — It’s Bank of America’s free admission for Museums on Us program November 1-2 with free admission to the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders only, not their children.

HOH bead craftCraft family fun — A new month means a new theme for Hands on Houston‘s free monthly craft event. This Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm, features Beaded Ornaments perfect for the holidays. This is a free drop-in event the first Saturday each month at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main. The event is held outdoors in the Craft Garden.

Celebrate DiwaliAsia Society Texas presents a free afternoon for families to Celebrate Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, with crafts and activities. Free with registration. Located at 1370 Southmore.

Explore art in the Heights — The First Saturday Arts Market returns Saturday, November 1, with its fall hours from 11 am – 6 pm. This monthly outdoor market features original art, music, and fun. Located at 548 W. 19th.

Celebrate Day of the Dead — 1) Houston Public Library will host a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) event Saturday, 2 pm, at the Central Library, 500 McKinney. Make crafts, sample traditional food and have fun. 2) Lawndale Art Center is hosting its 27th annual Family Fiesta Day celebrating Dia de los Muertos Saturday all day. The free event features performances, sugar skull decorating, and more.  Located at 4912 Main Street. 3) MECA presents its Dia de los Muertos Festival Saturday 11 am – 7 pm at MECA, 1900 Kane Street. The free festival includes live music and dance, arts and crafts, altar exhibition and more.

Play outside — Don’t miss the 10th annual Cy-Fest, a free community event 10 am – 2 pm, thanks to Lone Star College Cy-Fair. The annual fun includes a petting zoo, bounce house, carnival rides, pony rides, face painting, and more.

Engage in family fun — Get ready for outdoor fun at Imagine Kids Magazine Children Festival Saturday, noon – 5 pm at CityCentre. The day features costumed characters, kid’s Zumba class, performances, face painting, balloon artist and magic tricks. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Learn self defense — Don’t miss this opportunity for a Free Community Self-Defense class for children, families and adults. Kids will learn about stranger danger and adults will how to defend themselves against four common attacks. Located at Leaders for Life Martial Arts, 2707 E. Fountainview. Saturday class is 1:30 pm for kids/families and 2:30 pm for adults over age 14. RSVP, if possible, to anthonytrodriguez@yahoo.com. Class will be repeated November 8 if you can’t make this Saturday.

Watch movies outdoors — 1) Discovery Green features The NeverEnding Story, 7 pm. 2) Dow Park Pavilion in Deer Park features Free Birds, 7:30 pm.

Wings of the City Discovery GreenEnjoy sculpture tour — Guided tours of the outdoor Wings of the City sculptures will be held the first Saturday each month during the exhibit. It begins at 1 pm at the front of the Alkek building. Located at 1500 McKinney, Discovery Green. photo: Discovery Green

SUNDAY

Create family fun — Head downtown for Houston Family Magazine‘s Fall Fun Fest Sunday, noon – 4 pm. Families will love the crafts, inflatables, face painting, performances, music, door prizes and more. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Mingle at free museums and zoo — It’s Bank of America’s free admission for Museums on Us program November 2 with free admission to the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders only, not their children.

Halloween Candy Buy-Back Options in Houston

halloween candyIt happens. Kids get excited for Halloween, but often collect way too much candy. {Is there such a thing?!!}

Take advantage of 30 Houston-area dental practices offering Halloween Candy Buy-Back, which ultimately blesses others. The dental practices partner with Operation Gratitude, who then sends the candy overseas to the troops. 130 tons of candy has been collected nationwide since this program began in 2005. Most pay $1/lb. of candy but specifics are below.

(I confirmed these dental practices below with a phone call, and they are participating. The national list at HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com is not accurate.)

Browning Smile Design
130 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston
281-370-4300

November 3-7, 9 am – 4 pm M-TH & 10 am – noon F
Pays $1/lb

Dr. Michael Crist, DDS
13303 Champion Forest Dr.
281-895-7600

November 3-5
Pays $1/lb.

Dassani Denistry
1616 Clear Lake City Blvd, Houston
281-488-4617

November 3-6
Pays $1/lb

Febres Denistry for Children
2000 S. Dairy Ashford, Houston
281-597-0404

November 3-6

Pays $1/lb. up to 5 lbs.

Huet Dental
3115 College Park, The Woodlands
936-321-8888

November 3-7

Dr. James Pediatric Dentistry
12121 Richmond, Houston
281-870-9270

November 3, 2 pm – 5:30 pm
Pays $1/lb.

Lake Houston Pedatric Dentistry
20035 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood
281-852-3777

November 4, 9 am – 4:30 pm
Pays $1/lb with maximum of 5lbs.

Katy Orthodontics
10450 Spring Green, Katy
281-395-8488

November 5, 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm
Pays $1/lb with 5 lb limit. Kids also get a raffle ticket to win a prize.

Kingwood Orthodontics
5864 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood
281-220-8444

Get 2 Kingwood coins and a cool toothbrush.

Kool Smiles
3840 Aldine Mail, Houston
5341 Antoine, Houston

October 29-November 5
1 toy for every 25 pieces of candy (limit 3 toys/child)

Pearland Family Denistry
8498 S. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston
832-649-7344

November 8, 11 am – 2 pm
Pays $1/lb

Pearland Pediatric Dentistry
2360 County Road 94, Pearland
713.436.4080

November 10, 8 am – 5 pm
Pays $1/lb

Pediatric Dental Specialists
9316 Louetta, Spring
281-376-2706

November 3-4, 3 pm – 6 pm
Pays $1/lb plus entry form per lb. to win Kindle Fire HD

Scott & Jane Orthodontics
5418 Hwy 6, Missouri City
832-539-6388

November 8, 10 am – noon
Pays $1/lb to you and $1/lb to your school

Smiles for Kids
8800 Katy Freeway, Houston
713-461-1509

November 4-14
Pays $1/lb

Smiles of Midtown
3600 San Jacinto, Houston
713-523-6848

November 3-6
Pays $1/lb + get a goodie bag

Stevenson & Hanis Orthodontics
2830 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy
281-693-1333

November 3

Pays $1/lb. up to 5 lbs. First 100 get a treat from Chick-fil-A.

South Texas Dental
All 12 Houston locations. Find them online.

November 1-7 during regular business hours
Pays $1/lb. up to 5 lbs.

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Halloween: 11 Free Things to Do in Houston with Kids

Looking for some family fun on Halloween this year? Here are 11 free things to do with kids October 31, 2014, in Houston:

Scream on the GreenCentral Green Park: Katy’s Central Green Park is hosting a free Halloween on the Green October 31 complete with outdoor movie The Addams Family, pirate clown and face painter. The fun kicks off October 31 at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in LaCenterra.

CityCentre: CityCentre offers retail trick-or-treating October 31 6 pm – 9 pm at Houston’s outdoor shopping district. The event is rain or shine! Pick up a map in the plaza for participating retailers. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Discovery Green: This citywide Halloween party, Scream on the Green, is a free event for the whole family October 31, 6 pm – 10 pm. Kids will love the face painting, Scary-oke, and more. Watch a free outdoor screening of Frankenweenie beginning at 7 pm. Dress up the whole family for the costume contest with major prizes. Categories range from infants to adults and dogs! Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney. photo: Discovery Green

Ghost Tales in the Park: Kids and adults who love spooky stories will enjoy the annual ghost tales in the park October 31, thanks to Houston Storytellers Guild. Bring your flashlight, bug spray, and prepare to be scared as some of Houston’s best scary tale tellers share terrifying tales. This event is 7:30 pm – 9 pm at Marmion Park, 18th Street and Heights Blvd.

Greenspoint Mall: Greenspoint Mall is putting on the fun for kids at Mall-O-Ween, October 31, 6 pm – 8 pm. The evening features store-to-store trick-or-treating, live Halloween-themed entertainment on two stages, costume contest, fortune telling, face painting, and balloon art. First 1,000 kids will get a free trick-or-treat bag with treats. The costume contest, located in the Food Court beginning at 7 pm, is for babies to adult. Greenspoint Mall is located at I-45 and Greens Road.

Houston Premium Outlets: Families in Cypress will enjoy Halloween fun again with Houston Premium Outlet’s Trick-or-Treat Off the Streets October 31, 4 pm – 6 pm. Enjoy a costume contest and retail trick-or-treating for kids 13 and under. Live music to boot! Located at 29300 Hempstead Road in Cypress.

Katy Mills Mall: Families can enjoy Halloween fun October 31 beginning at 5 pm with Mall Trick or Treat and Kidgets Boo Bash. Retail trick-or-treating is from 5 pm – 7 pm, and the Kidgits Boo Bash is 6 pm – 8 pm with giveaways and fun activities. Located at 5000 Katy Mills Circle in Katy.

The Addams FamilyMiller Outdoor Theatre: HITS Theatre brings a fun musical, The Addams Family, October 31 for free — and other dates October 23-25 and October 30-November 1. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Outlets at Conroe: More Halloween fun October 31 with Halloween Trick or Treating at Outlets at Conroe. Kids can enjoy centerwide trick or treating from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Outlet shops. Costumed kids can collect candy from participating merchants. Located at 1111 League Line Road in Conroe.

Pearland Town Square: Enjoy Trick or Treat on Our Street October 31 with free retail trick-or-treating beginning at 6 pm, at Pearland Town Square, while supplies last. Then stick around for the free outdoor movie, Muppets Most Wanted.

VFW Park: Start a new tradition at Katy’s newest Halloween celebration, Halloween in the Park, with games, trick-or-treating, costume contest, bounce house, face painting, and more. Located at VFW Park, 6202 George Bush Drive in Katy.

Free Museums, Houston Zoo for BofA Cardholders

Childrens Museum of HoustonA new month is around the corner, which means free admission for Bank of America cardholders this weekend, November 1-2. Bank of America’s national program, “Museums on Us,” provides free admission the first full weekend of every month to 150 participating museums and venues.

In Houston area, that free admission includes Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum of Houston and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Free admission is limited to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit/debit card holders, not their children. Check museum links for hours and location.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston October 27-31

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston October 27-October 31 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (10/27) — Take advantage of free admission to Czech Center Museum Houston, offered the last Monday each month. The Museum includes antique furniture from European castles, folk art toys and dolls, Bohemian crystal, Czech porcelain, pottery, and costumes. Genealogy research is another aspect of the Center as well a chapel. Located at 4902 San Jacinto. Open noon – 4 pm.

Tuesday (10/28) — Cirque La Vie presents a free class this fall, Circus Arts, at Discovery Green Tuesdays 5:30 pm – 7 pm. It includes ground arts and acrobatics for age 13 and up including Low Tight Wire, Juggling, and Hand Balancing. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (10/29) — City Hall Farmers Market is back every Wednesday downtown this fall from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Live music, chef demonstration, fresh produce, healthy lunch and more! Located at 500 McKinney.

Wednesday (10/29) — Have Spook-tacular Halloween fun at Rainforest Cafe in Katy Mills Mall. Beginning at 5 pm, kids in costume will get fun trick or treats, meet Cha Cha and friends, plus enjoy games, crafts and activities. Don’t miss the prizes, raffles and discounted kids’ meal to boot! Located at 5000 Katy Mills Circle in Katy.

Thursday (10/30) — Enjoy a free Lunch + Learn session Thursday, 1 pm, at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The theme this week focuses on “Family Pictures” — from siblings, marriage and parenthood. Located in the Beck Building, 5601 Main. Admission is free each Thursday, thanks to Shell.

Thursday (10/30) — Michael and Elizabeth O’Brien discuss their newest photo essay book, The Face of Texas, Thursday 7 pm, at Blue Willow Bookshop. It features photos and vignettes of Texans such as Willie Nelson, George W. Bush, George Strait, Lady Bird Johnson, and ordinary folks who made their mark. Folks can purchase the book from Blue Willow to meet the authors and get it signed. Located at West Houston Community Center, 725 Bateswood.

Thursday (10/30) — Kick off another weekend of The Addams Family musical Thursday, 7:30 pm, Miller Outdoor Theatre. Free reserved seats are available performance day at the Miller box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm. This is a HITS Theatre production.

+ BONUS #8: Friday (10/31) — Families can enjoy Home School on the Green Friday, 10 am, at Katy’s Central Green Park. This week, Abrakadoodle will feature “A Starry Night from Vincent Van Gough” and educate the crowd on this talented artist. Kids will learn water color techniques and paint their own water color to take home. No registration required. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Free Texans Slush at Sonic After Houston Texans Win + Other Freebies and Deals

Free Texans Slush at SonicThere are lots of freebies and deals after the Houston Texans win this year. Let’s root for another win Sunday! Here’s the schedule:

MONDAY

Firehouse Subs — The day after a Texans’ win, get a free medium sub (with purchase of medium drink and chips) when you wear Texans’ logo.

Papa Johns — The day after a Texans’ win, get 50% off your online pizza order at Papa John’s. Use code TEXANS for each pizza ordered to get this deal at PapaJohns.com.

Crave CupcakeBuy one cupcake, get one free Monday after the Texans win at Crave Cupcake! Simply show you follow Crave on Instagram or Facebook. One per person.

Jack in the Box — Get a free monster taco the day after a Texans’ win when you say “Texans touchdown for tacos” at Houston-area locations.

TUESDAY

Chick-fil-A I-45 and Wayside — The Tuesday after a Texans’ win, get a free Chick-fil-A sandwich from 11 am – 2 pm at I-45 and Wayside. No purchase necessary but you have to say “Go Texans!” This is valid through October 2014.

Sonic — Get a free Texans slush at Sonic Tuesdays after a Houston Texans win. The Texans slush is a blend of cranberry & cherry to get that Texans’ red! Find a list of participating Sonic locations online.

60% Off Sam’s Club Membership Package

Sam's Club membershipI always love when this deal comes around.

Sam’s Club$45 for One-Year Sam’s Club Plus membership + $20 gift card, fresh food vouchers ($142.18 value) and more.

Here’s the scoop:

  • one-year Sam’s Plus membership (new members only)
  • $20 gift card
  • fresh food vouchers for free Rotisserie chicken, spinach artichoke dip, French baguette, and Daily Chef cookies, and
  • complimentary spouse or household member

This deal is available for new members only, not Sam’s Club membership renewal. Available for purchase through November 4, 2014. Purchase online here.

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3 Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes

waldo.wendaHalloween is 7 days away — plenty of time for procrastinators like me to pull together a costume. Curious what’s trending this year in the costume world? The Top 5 Costume Searches in 2014, according to Yahoo, are:

1. Frozen
2. Star Wars
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
4. Monster High
5. Captain America

Here are a few ways to get your costume on the cheap:

1) Use your creativity: Pinterest is an amazing place to browse for cute DIY Halloween costumes. You can find inspiration on my creative Halloween costumes Pinterest board. I’ve had fun browsing for cute and creative homemade costumes for kids, adults — and don’t forget the pets! Google says searches for dog costumes are up 15% this year! Here are some of my favorites:

Cheap Halloween CostumesFind these and more on Houston on the Cheap’s Pinterest.

2) Shop sales: New sales are popping up as it gets closer to Halloween:

3) Browse thrift stores: Goodwill and other thrift stores can be a goldmine for pulling together creative, yet inexpensive costumes. Families often donate costumes to Goodwill after Halloween, so it can be a great place to find a gently-used costume for kids — who grow quickly anyway. Here are a few costume ideas from an article on Goodwill’s site. And some tips: keep an open mind, find a starter piece, and think characters.