Friday freebies: Halloween pumpkin stencils, free food in costume, and more

jack-o-lantern - Friday FreebiesHalloween freebies are in full effect this week as we gear up for the sweetest and scariest holiday of the year. Find the perfect way to carve your pumpkin with more than 100 free Halloween stencils, get free food at IHOP and TGI Friday's when you dine in costume, plus get a free sample of all natural Tom's of Maine toothpaste. Enjoy your weekend!

There is a great free Halloween food deal at T.G.I. Friday's this weekend, Oct. 29-31, 2010. Details are on Facebook so if you don't have a log in, don't sweat it. Everything you need to know is below. On Friday starting at 5 p.m., get a free order of mozzarella sticks, pot stickers, or crispy green bean fries when you come in costume. On Saturday, wear a costume for another free appetizer, plus enter the restaurant's Frightful Fridays Costume Contest. The prize is a $100 Best Buy gift card. Check with your local chain for details. It's a good idea to confirm your nearest location is holding a costume contest before you get the whole family dressed up. Then on Sunday, all costumed children get a free kids' meal with each adult entree. The idea is to entice the entire family to Friday's for lunch or dinner before filling up on candy.
Pumpkin stencils are all the rage this Halloween. Here are five places to find more than 100 Halloween pumpkin stencils that you can download, cut out and use to decorate your pumpkin. Whether you use the pumpkin stencils to draw or carve a design is up to you. Hershey's has 30 Halloween pumpkin stencils, divided evenly into beginner, intermediate and advanced design. eHow has 40 Halloween pumpkin stencils to choose from. Click on your favorite to download a pumpkin-sized template. Get four more links to free Halloween pumpkin stencils.

Kids 12 and under get a free pancake at IHOP this Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. The freebie is for a "scary face pancake" and is valid for dine-in only. One freebie per kid, no costume required. Think of this deal as a good way to sugar up your kid before the Halloween candy madness on Sunday. The free pancake comes with whipped cream, mini Oreos, a strawberry, and candy corn. I'm terrified! Caveats: unclear if all locations are participating. Call ahead to check or ask when you order.

Get a free sample of Tom's of Maine toothpaste, a high-quality brand that is committed to environmentally-friendly practices. Share your name, address, e-mail, gender and date of birth to get the freebie. You can opt in or out of Tom's of Maine's e-mail list. There is a limited quantity of 100,000 samples being given out. One per household. Caveats: your sample will arrive a few weeks later by mail. While supplies last. Samples are only available to consumers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to receive this sample.

Get a free Neti Pot when you "like" the NeilMed Neti Pot page on Facebook. The pot comes with two salt packets. Share your name, address, phone, e-mail and answer about a dozen multiple choice questions about using a Neti Pot. The form must be completely filled out to get the free Neti Pot. One freebie per address. Repeat requests will not be honored. A Neti Pot is a plastic mini-tea kettle used to rinse your sinuses with salty water. Some people swear it keeps colds at bay, others are so grossed out they can't even use it. Caveats: the Neti Pot takes about 30 days to arrive in the mail.

Take home a free orange flashlight just in time for Halloween when you bring a copy of this ad into Radio Shack. Expires Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. No purchase is necessary. One per customer. Each store will have at least 24 flashlights, which is hardly anything, so call first to see if they have already run out. The flashlight requires two D batteries, which are not included in this freebie. Caveats: in store only, not valid online. While supplies last.

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