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ANDREW M. SEDER Steals and Deals

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You should never go trick-or-treating on an empty stomach. So, Old Country Buffet, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse are helping families feed their hungry little ones with deals so good they’re scary with Kids Eat Free offers today.

If a child age 11 or younger visits Old Country Buffet today in costume they will eat for free, no coupon needed. Get two free kids meals with the purchase of one adult meal.

The other three restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree and a coupon to get the free kid’s meal. In the past, Olive Garden required the child to be in costume to get the free meal, but the chain dropped that requirement this year.

To get the coupons, fill out forms found on this page: http://www.darden.com/coupon/ and remember to read the small print and watch expiration dates. Some are good today only, others are good for a few weeks.

As if you needed more sweets, many Krispy Kreme locations including those in the Scranton area are offering a free doughnut to those who stop in today wearing a costume. And yes, adults, that includes you.

Head to Sonic all day today for 50 cent corndogs.

Still need that costume or supplies for that Monster Mash you’re throwing tonight or this weekend? Head to Party City with these high-value coupons: http://tinyurl.com/k66pamb but make sure you read the fine print, as it’s not valid for sale or clearance items.

Plenty of stores have Halloween items on clearance, including Tuesday Morning, Target and drug stores such as CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. Check them out for last minute buys.

If you don’t want to give the same old candy to trick-or-treaters, then head to Wendy’s and/or McDonalds and buy coupon booklets for $1. At Wendy’s, the booklets contain 10 vouchers for a free Jr. Frosty and they’re good for kids and adults with no additional purchase necessary. The best part is that 90 percent of the sales of the booklets go to the Dave Thomas Foundation.

McDonald’s trick-or-treat coupon sheets include 12 coupons that are good for free ice cream cones, hamburgers, apple slices and milk. They can only be redeemed by children age 12 or younger and are good through the end of the year. Since one of those items is sold for $1 or more, to get 12 of them for $1 is a great deal, especially if you have kids. Load up on them as they’re only sold through today or while supplies last.

Andrew M. Seder, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7269. The Steals & Deals column runs in Sunday’s Times Leader Business Section. Follow Andrew on Twitter @TLAndrewSeder for offers and news throughout the week.

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