Candy, costumes and creepy movies – what’s not to love about Halloween?
But what makes this already great October holiday even better is free stuff!
It’s a big spending holiday. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, the total Halloween retail spending was estimated at $8.8 billion in 2019.
With Thanksgiving just a few weeks after October 31st, a lot of families have to plan their budget and what they can and can not spend on. There are tons of ways to save money on Thanksgiving, but there are also tons of Halloween freebies you can get your hands on this October that can save you a lot of of money.
Below, we’ve listed stuff that you can get for free this Halloween.
If you want to save money this Halloween season, take a look at our list and get your hands on some freebies this Halloween, whether it’s decorations and customs, free food from restaurants, magazines or party invitations.
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Free Halloween Stickers and Labels
Need labels for party favors?
Or, do you want some fun stickers for the kids?
Below, we’ve listed Halloween stickers and labels that you can get for free. You’ll just need some label paper and a printer.
Featuring cute little spooky characters, like a pumpkin, Dracula, Frankenstein, a Mummy and candy corn, these stickers are perfect for kids.
These soda labels that include an owl on a branch are perfect for labeling drinks at your Halloween party!
These candy corn labels have a cute and modern design that includes an owl and little candy corns. Also available on the page we linked to above, are labels featuring words for other popular foods, such as chocolate treats, gummy worms and cookies.
These fun, yet creepy monster stickers are perfect for kids. They feature ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other spooky monsters.
These hand-drawn-style stickers include black cats, crows, bats, witches, ghosts, coffins/graveyards and plenty of other Halloween favorites.
These super cute, circular stickers include spiders, ghosts, and pumpkins, as well as Halloween messages, such as Happy Halloween and Trick or Treat.
Featuring an orange, black and white color scheme, these stickers are ideal for Halloween. Plus, they include Halloween favorites, such as ghosts, pumpkins, black cats, spider webs and bats – as well as some fun Halloween messages, like Boo! and Trick or Treat.
In this sticker collection, there are black cats, pumpkins and witches, as well as Halloween-related phrases, like Boo, Spooky and Meow.
These adorable stickers feature super cute Halloween characters, like Frankenstein, skeletons, and Dracula.
These sleek, modern Halloween stickers are perfect for kids and adults alike. They feature Halloween phrases, like Happy Halloween, Eek and Spooky, as well as witches’ hats, spider webs, and bats, all with a contemporary design.
Free Halloween Party Invitation Templates
Having a Halloween party this year?
If so, check out these free invitations.
Featuring everything from skeletons to witches, you can find a selection of free printable Halloween invitations below.
With this invitation, when the recipient opens the envelope, pieces of skeleton fall out of it. It’s a cute, fun invitation.
This party invitation is shaped like a coffin, and there’s a skeleton inside it. It’s great for kids and adults!
These modern invitations feature spider webs, spiders, bats and haunted houses, making them perfect for the holiday!
These invitations are sleek and stylish, making them just as well suited for adult parties as they are for kid’s parties.
15. Owl Invitations
These orange and black owl invitations are a really unique looking invite. Learn how to make them and get the free printable invitations by clicking the link above.
This invite features a trick or treater walking through the woods in a cute ghost costume, and an owl in the woods.
This invite is shaped like a skeleton, making it a really interesting invitation!
This pumpkin invitation is interactive. When the recipient pulls up on the pumpkin top, it reveals the party details.
These Happy Haunting Halloween invitations are perfect if you’re looking for a more gothic, Victorian-style invitation
These invitations feature a skeleton and a beautiful Victorian design.
Free Halloween Movies
If you’re not having a party this Halloween, then a great alternative is to have a scary movie night!
You can easily stream Halloween movies for free at home.
Just check out the platforms below.
Netflix features tons of horror movies, such as I am the “Pretty Thing that Lives in the House”, “Before I Wake” and “Children of the Corn”.
While you do have to pay for a Netflix subscription, you can get one for free in a few ways. One easy way is to sign up for a free trial. Another way is to use a coupon code, from a site like RetailMeNot or Coupons.com. Check out our post on how to get Netflix for free here.
Amazon Prime is another great streaming platform for horror movies, featuring films like Paranormal Activity, Carrie, The Blackcoat’s Daughter and Absentia.
Like Netflix, Amazon isn’t free. However, there are ways to get it for free. There’s a free 30 day trial that you can sign up for. There are coupon codes available as well, on sites like RetailMeNot, Brad’s Deals and Groupon.
Sometimes you can find full-length movies for free on YouTube. Entering phrases, like “full horror movies,” or the name of the move you want to watch, followed by the term “full movie” can generate some great results.
24. Big Five Glories
If you like black and white, and classic horror movies, then check out Big Five Glories. On the site, you’ll find plenty of horror movies that you can watch for free, such as George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Horror Express, starring horror legend, Christopher Lee, and Phantom of the Opera, directed by (along with Rupert Jillian) and starring Lon Chaney.
On Black and White Movies, you’ll find classic horror films, like Nosferatu, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein.
Restaurants that Offer Free Food on Halloween
A lot of restaurants offer free food on and around Halloween. Many provide free food items and some offer free kids meals.
Check out the following restaurants and fast food places, and get your hands on some free stuff this Halloween.
At Bubba Gump Shrimp, kids eat for free, with the purchase of an adult entrée.
At participating locations, kids aged 12 and under get a free Scary Face Pancake between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31.
28. Joe’s Crab Shack
At Joe’s Crab Shack, with the purchase of an adult entrée, kids eat for free.
At 99 Restaurant & Pub, October is Boys and Girls Club Month. During this month, kids eat for free every Sunday in October, on Halloween and the first Sunday in November.
Dress up in a Bojangles’-themed costume, upload a photo of it on the company’s website, and you’ll get the chance to win $200 in Bojangles’ gift cards and a Seasoned Fried Turkey.
31. Ruby’s Diner
At Ruby’s diner, kids aged 12 and under who wear a costume eat free during the whole of October, from 4 p.m. until closing. With the purchase of an adult entrée, kids get a free child entrée. This offer is only available at participating locations, so check on the page that we linked to above to see if it’s available in your area.
32. Jeremiah’s Ice
Anyone one who’s in a costume can get a free small item on October 31st, from 6 p.m. until close.
Also, there’s Jeremiah’s Coolest Costume Contest 2018. With this contest, you submit a photo of your costume and earn a chance to win prizes. Prizes are a $100 gift card for first place and pro, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.
33. Krispy Kreme
At Krispy Kreme, if you wear your costume on Oct. 31, then you get a free doughnut of your choice.
To complete the season of fun, Krispy Kreme is also hosting the ultimate costume party! Wear your costume on Oct. 31 to get a FREE doughnut of choice at participating U.S. Krispy Kreme shops.
At Chuck. E. Cheese’s, kids in costume get 50 free tickets. If the costume was purchased from Spirit Halloween, and you bring the receipt, then you’ll also get 10 free play points.
35. Cumberland Farms
At Cumberland Farms, you can get free coffee on Fridays in October, with its Free Coffee Friday special.
DoorDash has a promotion available for customers who order from the Cheesecake Factory. When you place an order that’s worth $30 or more, you get a free slice of cheesecake.
There are two flavors to choose from; Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake or the Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake. Just place an order worth $30 or more, and then enter the code “TREATORTREAT” at checkout. This offer is available from October 29 to October 31.
McDonald’s is holding a promotion called Trick, Treat, Win, which gives you a one in four chance of winning prizes.
Free Pumpkin Templates for Halloween
Carving pumpkins is one of the best traditions of the holiday.
Handily enough, you can find plenty of free pumpkin stencils, patterns, and templates.
These templates range from traditional Halloween creatures to superheroes. All you need to do is print out the pattern you want, use a marker or a pencil to transfer it, and then carve your pumpkin. So take a look and start carving!
This is a super, cute template that’s ideal if you’re looking for a class pumpkin template.
Frankenstein is a Halloween classic, making this pumpkin template a great choice!
40. Creepy Pumpkin
This creepy pumpkin template is sure to spook visitors!
41. Witch’s Hat
Another Halloween classic is the witches hat, making this template a fantastic option.
42. Batman Symbol
This Batman symbol template is a great choice for fans of the caped crusader.
43. Superman Symbol
If you’re a fan of superman, then check out this superman symbol template.
44. Spiderman Symbol
Perhaps you’re a Spiderman fan? If so, check out this Spiderman symbol pumpkin template.
45. Cat Face
This cute cat face stencil is perfect for Halloween!
Spiders are a Halloween staple. So this spider pumpkin stencil is a great design!
Owls are cute, and another Halloween favorite, so why not give this owl template a try.
A howling wolf is a classic on Halloween. So give this wolf template a try.
49. Monster Mash
Give this Monster Mash template a try for a fun, spooky pumpkin!
50. Got Brains
This fun, jovial pumpkin template is a great choice for Halloween!
51. Boo! Pumpkin
This Boo pumpkin template is a great choice for Halloween.
52. Zombie Zone
This pumpkin template features the words Zombie Zone, making it a fun option for the holiday!
53. Happy Halloween
This pumpkin design simply says Happy Halloween, so it’s a classic template for Halloween.
54. Trick or Treat
Featuring the words trick or treat, this design is super fun on Halloween night.
55. Alien Face
This pumpkin design features an alien face, so fans of the extraterrestrial will love this design.
Scream is an awesome movie to watch on Halloween. So this template, which features the Ghostface killer from the film, is a great option for Halloween.
57. Dracula’s Face
Dracula is another Halloween staple, so consider this Dracula face pumpkin template.
Free Online Halloween Games
Online, you can find free Halloween games.
These Halloween games are super fun for kids, and adults will likely find them entertaining too!
58. Scary Flibriks
In this game, you get points when you open two bricks of the same kind. Basically, you need to clear the tiles by matching as many Halloween characters as quickly as you can because if the stacks reach the bottom, then the game is over.
In this game, you need to navigate the pumpkin out of the scary places. You’ll need to send the pumpkin up the platforms, which are bones, by jumping the pumpkin up the bones at the right time.
60. Whack a Monster
With this game, you’re a cat and your teddy bear has been stolen by a monster. You use a mallet to whack the monsters.
This is a super fun game where you navigate Mario through a spooky ghost house. There are tons of secrets and hidden passages to discover as well.
This game is based on the old Simon game. So you have to follow a pattern to win. You need to click on the monsters in the same order as they made their scary sounds.
In Transylmania, you play as a cute vampire who needs to get sleep. However, villagers have invaded your castle, and are stopping you from sleeping. So you use your vampire powers to turn them all into the undead and get back to your coffin before the sun rises.
In this game, you have to move the trampoline to catch the monsters as they jump off a haunted house.
65. Whack O’ Wheen
In Whack O’ Wheen, you need to protect your pumpkins from ghosts by hitting them with your broomstick, and you can also pick up candy and bat potions for bonus points.
In this game, you need to help Scooby-Doo to navigate through the Creepy Castle to search for the rest of the gang.
67. Candy Bags
In this game, you play against the computer to take bags of candies. The first one to get all the candies of a particular kind wins the game.
Free Printable Halloween Games
Aside from online games, you can also get free Halloween games that you print out.
Below, we’ve listed some fun, free printable Halloween games.
68. Halloween Bingo
Halloween Bingo is a game that the whole family can enjoy.
On the page we linked to above, you can find both traditional crosswords, where you solve clues and fill in the blanks, but there’s also picture crosswords available. With these crosswords, the clues are pictures rather than words. So check out the link above for Halloween-themed crosswords.
This Halloween Fortune Teller is sure to keep kids entertained for hours!
These Halloween Sudoku puzzles are sure to keep kids entertained!
72. Halloween Mazes
These Halloween mazes are super fun for kids!
Free Halloween Decorations
In this section, we’ve listed a few of the best Halloween decorations that you can get for free. These are printable decorations, which include everything from garlands to candle holders.
73. Spider Doily
These creepy spider doilies are perfect for Halloween.
74. Paper Doll Chain
This paper doll chain features Halloween favorites, like pumpkins and bats.
These fringed crepe garlands are a super versatile Halloween decoration.
These Jack-o’-Lantern wrappers for party favors are super cute.
These butterfly specimens are a really unique Halloween decoration.
This banner features owls, ghosts and candy corn – all Halloween staples.
Super creepy, these eyeball tableware decorations are perfect for a Halloween party!
Featuring ghosts, graveyards, bats and spiders, these candle holders are great decorations for the holiday.
Get creative and give these silhouette decorations a try.
You print out and cut out black cat shapes and pumpkin shapes. You hang them by a wall over a couple of candles. Of course, you make sure that the flame is a safe distance from the cutouts. Then, the spooky cutouts cast shadows on the wall!
Creep out your visitors with this eerie silhouette of a person who climbs the stairs.
Free Halloween Coloring Pages
Online, you can get free coloring pages that are Halloween themed. These are a fun activity for kids on and around Halloween.
This coloring page features a pumpkin in the leaves.
Featuring a cat and the moon, this is a fun Halloween coloring page.
Fun and creepy, this coloring page, which features a skeleton coming out of a grave and a spooky pumpkin, offers tons of Halloween fun.
Free Halloween Events
Update: This post was originally published in 2019. So the event below reflect that. That said, most of these places will have the same events for the current year as well. I left the links to their event pages intact (even though those events were for 2019) because many of these places will similar events every year. You can find them by checking out their social media pages and sites that are linked below.
Unfortunately, because of the Corona Virus, many of the scheduled Halloween events for 2020 have been cancelled or modified to ensure everyone involved is safe. Because these events are location specific, it would be out of the scope of this post to list events for every single city and town across the country. That said, you cane easily find free Halloween events in your area by doing a quick Google search using terms as:
- free Halloween events near me
- free kid friendly Halloween events near me
- free family Halloween events near me
There are tons of places, like malls, libraries and communities that host free events on and around Halloween.
86. Downtown Apex’s (North Carolina) Trick or Treat and Witches’ Night Out on Salem St.
Downtown Apex is holding a few events around Halloween. One event is the Witches Night Out, which is on Friday, 25 October 2019 from 17:00-21:00 EDT. The other event, which is on Sunday, 27 October 2019 from 15:00-16:30 EDT, is called Trick or Treat. You can learn more on Apex’s Facebook page, which we’ve linked to for each event.
The Bass Pro Shop hosts a number of free events for Halloween. You can check out the events available by clicking the link above. There’s lots of free stuff on offer, like free photos, free costume parades and free crafts. These Halloween events are also available at Cabela’s locations.
Cary Towne Center is hosting a Halloween Mall Crawl on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are various events occurring, such as trick or treating throughout the mall, pumpkin weight and candy guessing contests, storytelling and the comedy magic of Sam the Magic Man.
Chick-fil-A Capital Crossing is hosting a Halloween Trunk or Treat event on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Check out the details on the Facebook page we linked to above.
Crabtree Valley Mall is hosting a trick or treating event on October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There’s lots of free stuff available, like photos and treats.
The Durham Police Department is hosting a Trunk or Treat event and safety fair on Saturday 27th October, from 10 a.m. until noon.
At White Deer Park, there’s an event called Trick-or-Treat the Trails, which is held on Halloween day, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.
The North Carolina Museum of History holds a Halloween Safe Night event. At the event, as you walk along the trick-or-treat trail and through The Story of North Carolina chronological history exhibit, you search for candies and treats.
At North Hills Mall in Raleigh, there’s a Trick or Treat event held on Wednesday, 31st October 2018 from 10:00 to 21:00 EDT.
Target is hosting a PAW Patrol Trick-Or-Treat event, and confirmed on its Facebook page that the event will be on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or until supplies last.
Wake County Libraries are offering free Halloween-themed story-times on and around Halloween. Some of the libraries are hosting costume parades and trick-or-treating as well.
Little Tokyo is hosting a plethora of Halloween events. There’s a block party on October 27th, a Trick or Treat event and the Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival.
The Queen Mary Little Monster Ball is held in Long Beach, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., and there are things like face painting, trick or treating and a Halloween costume contest available. Kids can attend the event for free with a $10 adult admission.
On Saturday, October 27th, Michael’s is hosting a Kids Club Monster Bash, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event is free and supplies are included.
At Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, there are a plethora of Halloween events held, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Learn more by visiting the website.
To find events in your area, check with your local malls, community calendar or local government website.
Free Halloween Magazines
I did a lot of research to find free Halloween magazines by sent by mail but unfortunately, I couldn’t find any. The closest I came was the following.
101. Free comic book
If you’re a comic lover, this is for you.
If you can make it to the annual Halloween Comic Fest event, on Oct. 27, 2018, you can get a free comic at participating comic book stores.
To find the comic stores, use the Halloween ComicFest’s official site at HalloweenComicFest.com.
Free or Cheap Halloween Costumes: Tips
Unfortunately, nobody is actually giving away free costumes but there are a few tips you can use to get them for practically free.
HauntedClassifieds is basically the Craigslist of Halloween related stuff. You can buy and sell anything related to this holiday.
As with any classified site, you can often find great deals.
Check your local Goodwill or Salvation Army
Second hand stores are a goldmine of Halloween costumes. You can sometimes find brand new costumes for a few bucks.
Hunt local yard/garage sales
Garage sales are another underrated and hugely overlooked places to find really cheap and sometimes truly unique costumes. Most people use their costumes once or twice, so at some point they’ll have to get rid of it. And this usually happens in October. So keep an eye out for garage sales near you.
Here’s a pro tip, check out your local Facebook groups for Halloween related garage sales near you.
Look to the future
This won’t help you for this year, but for the next year, it definitely will. Stop by your local Spirit Halloween (or any other Halloween themed) store on November 1st and ask if they have any sales.
The morning after October 31st, these stores are out of business until the next season.
And since usually each year they feature new costumes, they try to get rid of their old ones. It’s usually done through wholesale or by other means. But it won’t hurt to ask. It’ll just take a few minutes of your time to stop by and ask. You never know. It’s not unheard of to get costumes for up to 8090% off. You may even get lucky and get some for free.
You can also ask the people in charge of your local hunted houses.
DIY Halloween Costumes
Making your own costumes can save you a ton of money. The best part is that you can make unique costumes that no one else has.
Don’t know where to start?
Checkout our handy list of awesome cheap DIY Halloween costumes.
There may not be a lot of free stuff you can get by mail for this scary holiday, but from party invitations to decorations and costumes, there are so many Halloween freebies out there.
Give some of these a try and save yourself some money this Halloween, while still having plenty of fun of course!