Frightfully Frugal

On October 31st, kids ages 12 and under can enjoy a free scary face pancake from their local IHOP Restaurant.  As usual, I would suggest calling your local IHOP to ensure they are participating in this promotion.

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Bass Pro Shops is featuring a FREE Halloween Event from Friday, October 24th through Friday, October 31st.  Kids can enjoy the following free activities at your local store:

  • Free 4×6 photo (Monday through Friday 5-8 p.m. or Saturday/Sunday 12-5 p.m.)
  • Free glow-in-the-dark glasses to the first 100 children to have their photo taken (Monday through Friday only)
  • Free Halloween scavenger hunt (Saturday & Sunday 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.)
  • Free Peanuts-themed coloring sheets
  • Free crafts (Monday through Friday 5-8 p.m. or Saturday/Sunday 12-5 p.m.)

On Halloween (October 31st), the following free activities will be available from 4-8 p.m.:

  • Decorate a real mini pumpkin
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Costume parade

The costume parade is limited to children ages 12 and under.  Children will be lined up for the parade at 6 p.m. (see store associate for location).  Participants will receive a free kid’s owl drawstring bag while supplies last.

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If you’re still searching for that perfect Halloween costume for your little ones, be sure to check out the latest Target deal.  If you stop by the Target Cartwheel site, you’ll be able to load the following coupons onto your account:

  • 40% off Sophia the First Costume
  • 40% off Doc McStuffins Costume
  • 40% off Kids’ Strong Man Costume
  • 40% off Women’s Premium Witch Hat
  • 40% off Lightning Bolt Accessories
  • 40% off Kids’ Red Riding Hood Costume
  • 40% off Kids’ Ghouly Bones Costume
  • 40% off Girls’ Whimsy Witch Hat
  • 40% off Toddler Gnome Costume
  • 40% off Kids’ Super Hero Costume
  • 40% off Hello Kitty Costumes

As an added bonus, if you text SPOOKY4 to 827438, you’ll receive a digital coupon for $10 off a Halloween costume or accessories purchase of $40 or more.  By stacking both of these promotions, you’ll be able to snag a great deal on this year’s costume.

Thanks, Mojo Savings!

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ABC Family: 13 Nights of Halloween

by Katie on October 20, 2014

One of my favorite family traditions, whether it’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, is watching seasonal favorite movies and shows together as a family.  My all-time favorite for Halloween is naturally It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.  It has become tradition to watch this family favorite on Halloween while munching on our $2 Chipotle burritos and candy!

ABC Family officially kicked off their 13 Nights of Halloween on Sunday, October 19th.  Each night through Halloween, they will be featuring a line-up of Halloween movies.  While some of the movies are geared towards younger ghosts and goblins, there are plenty of shows that are for older audiences only.

Here’s what’s on tap for tonight’s movie line-up:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas  (6:30-8:00 PM ET)
  • The Hunger Games (8:00-11:00 PM ET)
  • The Haunted Mansion (12:00-2:00 AM ET)
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Are you looking for something to do around town this Halloween season?  If so, Cincysavers has several money-saving options available:

Purchase 4 admissions to EnterTRAINment Junction’s Jack ‘O Lantern Junction for just $31.90.  These tickets typically retail for $63.80, and they include admission to the world’s largest indoor model train display where kids can search for the Thomas characters that are hidden throughout the display. The tickets also include admission to a huge interactive play area where kids can bounce, climb, and crawl as well as an area filled with Thomas coloring, crafts, and Thomas the Train play tables.

Purchase a family 4-pack to Country Pumpkins Corn Maze for $13.  This offer includes 4 tickets to the corn maze and a $6 credit towards a Cushaw squash (for eating or decorating) as well as a free petting zoo, kiddie corn maze, corn box, straw bale maze, and play area.

Purchase four admissions to the Lake Bailee Haunted House and Hayride for $20 (a $40 value).  This offer can be redeemed any Friday or Saturday through October 31st from dark until midnight.

Purchase two admissions to The Chambers of Horror in Middletown for $13.  Visitors will travel through more than 30 different rooms throughout this scary Halloween experience.

Purchase two admissions to St. Rita’s Haunted House for $10 (a $20 value).  From skeletons and snakes to spiders and special effects, this Civil War era farmhouse is a spooky spectacle that’s not to be missed this season.

Purchase two admissions to the Springboro Haunted Hayride at Bull Run Farms for $12 (a $24 value).  This tractor-drawn terror leads visitors through a dark and twisted landscape amid a variety of different creatures.

Plus, if you’re still looking for a costume to wear to all of your Halloween events, you can purchase a $40 voucher to Halloween Express for just $20.  There are three different locations to choose from – Florence, Eastgate, and Lawrenceburg.

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Buy Costumes has a special Orange Tag Specials section on their site that includes a variety of items that are priced at $10 or less.  Here are just a few of the items included in this sale:

  • Star Trek Child’s Costume Red Shirt – $2.97
  • Green Lantern Adult-Size Gloves – $1.97
  • Captain America Child-Size Gloves – $0.97
  • Child-Size Teal Dragon Costume – $9.97
  • Silver Bangle Bracelets – $0.97
  • Cars 2 Kids’ Headset – $2.97
  • Red Dragon Toddler/Child Costume – $9.97
  • Collapsible Pumpkin Basket – $1.97
  • Pirate Make Up Kit – $0.97
  • Professional Eyeliner Pencil – $1.97
  • Orange Witch Child’s Costume – $9.97
  • Jane Jetson Child’s Costume – $4.97
  • Orange Trick or Treat Lantern – $2.97
  • Renaissance Princess Child’s Headband – $1.97
  • Deluxe Vampire Make Up Kit – $1.97
  • Avatar Movie Jake Sully Adult Costume – $4.97

Whether looking for accessories or a full costume, this is an easy way to save money on this year’s costume.

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Our Family’s Visit to Wendel Farms Corn Maze

by Katie on October 13, 2014

The weekend before I had surgery, our family visited the Wendel Farms Corn Maze.  We brought along almost a dozen extended family members for an a”maze”ing good time (sorry…I know that was corny, but I just couldn’t help myself!).

Our oldest son had gone to Wendel Farms last fall with his youth group and enjoyed it so much that we went back as a family a few weeks later.  Their corn maze has a fun twist compared to most traditional corn mazes….it’s open even after dark.

So, as opposed to following a map and seeing each twist and turn in the daylight, you have the opportunity to get completely lost in the dark instead.  Both years, we laughed until our sides hurt as we wound our way through the maze.

This year, our older two sons split off with their cousin and formed a young vs. old team (I’m not quite sure I was fairly placed as I landed on the old team….but whatever!).  We had snapped a picture of the map at the beginning of the maze and were armed with all the essentials for the corn maze – flashlights, water, and of course, chocolate!

The three-person “young” team had nothing but limited lighting from the moon (we chose a very cloudy night) and their overall sense of direction.  So, naturally the older, wiser, more prepared team won, right?!  Sadly, no…but I was rather impressed that three of them beat the ten of us.

Three of the five sisters in my family at the end of the corn maze.

After completing the corn maze, we ambled through the rest of the farm, discovering a variety of fun surprises along the way.  We teamed up for tricycle races:

The kids wandered through the smaller hay maze that was designed for younger adventurers:

And they tried their hand at the farm equipment:

We even stopped by to say hi to the farm animals:

And played a variety of farm-themed games:

Once we had explored the farm, we headed back to the farm’s store where the littler girls enjoyed a cup of steamy hot cocoa:

The older kids enjoyed cocoa too, although they were pretty sure that they were much cooler about it:

Wendel Farms is located near the Indiana/Ohio border in Brookville, Indiana.  The corn maze is $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, and free for little ones who are two and under.  Plus, if you have a group of 25 or more, be sure to inquire about the group rates available at Wendel Farms.

For the price of general admission, visitors can enjoy a trip through the corn maze, the straw maze, the petting farm, farm land, education center, the vegetable patch, corn bin, trike track, and corn hole.  In addition to the corn maze, Wendel Farms also offers campfire packages, school tours, fall decorations, and more.

This is one fall tradition that will definitely be an annual one for our family!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Wendel Farms.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Now that the days have become chillier, it’s the ideal time of year to snuggle up with a favorite movie.  Luckily, there’s no shortage of Halloween classics available to watch:

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown for $9.96 – Like this one really needs an introduction!  Watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is absolutely a tradition for our family each Halloween as much as trick-or-treating or $2 burritos at Chipotle!

What’s New Scooby Doo: Halloween Boos & Clues for $5.25 – Who doesn’t love a little “rut roh!” at Halloween time?!  This DVD includes 4 fun and spooky episodes with a total run time of 84 minutes.

Casper for $4.50 – With a variety of hilarious antics, Casper the ghost is an all-time Halloween classic.  This DVD features a variety of special effects that are sure to be a hit for the whole family.

Little Bear Halloween Stories on DVD for $5 – This DVD includes 4 mini episodes as well as 2 bonus episodes for a total run time of 101 minutes.

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest for $6.49 – This DVD features Curious George as well as the Man in the Yellow Hat for 57 minutes of hayrides, pumpkin patches, and a boo fest.

Spooky Buddies for $8.71 – This DVD features the ever-famous Buddies dogs as they solve a Halloween mystery.  This movie includes several bonus features as well, including a music video from the cast of Shake It Up.

Tom & Jerry’s Halloween Hi-Jinks for $5 – This DVD features everyone’s favorite cat and mouse team, Tom and Jerry.  This movie is packed with funny thrills and chills.

Nick Jr.’s Happy Halloween for $9.24 – Featuring Dora, Diego, the Wonder Pets, Yo Gabba Gabba, Blue’s Clues, and Kai-lan, this DVD is a sure hit for little ones.  With 120 minutes of run time, there’s plenty of candy, costumes, and haunted happenings with this collection of characters.

Sesame Street Elmo Says Boo for $5 – Elmo has the opportunity to visit the Count’s spooky castle in this DVD.  Joined by Telly, Ernie, Bert, and Baby Bear, Elmo is sure to make little ones laugh in this film.

Nicktoons Tales of Fright for $4.99 – This DVD features a hit cast including SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, Hey Arnold, and the Fairly Odd Parents.  With 108 minutes of run time, this movie is sure to be a Halloween favorite.

All of these items are eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping with a purchase of $35 or more.  Or, if you prefer, you can receive free Amazon Prime 2-Day shipping with a free trial of Amazon Prime.

It’s important to note that prices often fluctuate on Amazon, and this price may change at any time.  Please make sure you verify the price before placing your order.

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Whether you’re planning to shop locally or online for your kids’ Halloween costumes, there are several deals available that will help you save up to 50% on your purchase.


Cincysavers – Receive a $40 certificate to Halloween Express for just $20.  There are three different location options to choose from for offer – Florence, Eastgate, and Lawrenceburg.  The vouchers are location specific, so it’s important to purchase the voucher for the location you plan to visit.  This offer is valid through October 27th.

Costume Discounters – Take an extra 20% off your entire order when you enter the promotional code D20 at checkout.  This offer is valid through October 3rd.

Disney Store – Receive 25% off select Halloween costumes at the Disney Store.  You’ll also receive free shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Groupon – Purchase a $40 voucher to HalloweenAdventure.com for $20.  The voucher cannot be used on sale items, and shipping is not included in this offer.  This offer is valid through December 31st.

Kohl’s – Save an additional 30% off Halloween costumes at Kohl’s when you enter the promotional code TREAT30 at checkout (this offer is valid for Kohl’s cardholders only).  Plus, shipping is free with the promotional code SEPT4UMVC.

Meijer – Receive $5 off your next costume purchase of $25 or more with this Meijer mPerks coupon.  This offer is valid through October 5th.

Spirit Halloween - Save 20% off one item at Spirit Halloween or SpiritHalloween.com.  Plus, for a limited time, when you visit your local Spirit Halloween store, you’ll receive a coupon for your next Tombstone Pizza purchase as well.

Target – Receive 50% off Hello Kitty costumes with this Target Cartwheel coupon.  This offer is valid through October 4th.

Toys “R” Us – Print off this coupon for 20% off any one regularly priced Halloween costume.  This coupon can be used in-store or online, and it’s valid through October 4th.

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Amazon: Frozen Girl’s Costume for $15.99

by Katie on October 1, 2014

Can you believe it’s already October 1st?!  I don’t know about your families, but my younger ones have been planning out their Halloween costumes for weeks now.

Of course, one of the most highly requested costumes of the season is none other than Elsa from Frozen.  The hard part is trying to find the costume, as many of the local store are already sold out (luckily I picked up one for my daughter in the middle of September….now the hard part is convincing her that she doesn’t need to wear it everywhere we go!).

There are several different Frozen costumes available right now on Amazon:

Disney’s Frozen Elsa Deluxe Costume for $28.27 in size 4-6X that includes a Frozen dress and tiara.

Disney’s Frozen Enchanting Elsa Dress for $15.99 in size 4-6X.

Disney’s Frozen Enchanting Anna Dress for $18.92 in size 4-6X.

Disney’s Frozen Travel Dress-Up Trunk for $24.99.  This 20-piece set includes an Anna and Elsa dress, two headbands, two necklaces, rings, and bracelets.

Disney’s Frozen Anna’s Jewelry Set for $7.94.  This set includes a necklace, clip earrings, and a ring.

Frozen Inspired Fairy Princess Set for $18.99.  This set includes tutu, wings, two snowflake wands, and a bracelet.

All of these items are eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping with a purchase of $35 or more.  Or, if you prefer, you can receive free Amazon Prime 2-Day shipping with a free trial of Amazon Prime.

It’s important to note that prices often fluctuate on Amazon, and this price may change at any time.  Please make sure you verify the price before placing your order.

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