Frightful savings from discounts, freebies and drive-in fun for Halloween

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There's a big holiday creeping up on us all:  Halloween!

Trick-or-treating is set for Friday, October 31st.  WHNT NEWS 19 took action to find ways to save you money in the days leading up to the witching hour, as well as on Halloween night.

That includes one place offering free spooky fun that you can enjoy from your car.

It's located at 12214 Chicamauga Trail in south Huntsville.

The creator of Hillwood Manor says it's sort of a labor of love for frightful fun.

 

24-year-old Tyler Fadorsen put together a 20 minute computerized show.

"Anytime you see a light come on, it's actually all manually programmed by me," said Fadorsen.

He, like most others, likes to save money and this is frightful fun for free.

"We don't take any donations or any fees," said Fadorsen.  "You just tune your radio to 95.7, sit in your car and enjoy the show."

He says the show is family friendly and will run every night from 6:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. through October 31st.

For kids who want to have fun with technology, there are quite a few free Halloween apps.

Sago Mini Monsters is one that allows children to make their own monsters and feed them.

Kids can also dress "Jackoween" for free with an app that lets them carve a pumpkin, and dress it up as scary as they want.

Parents can also find a free app loaded with ideas of how to carve a real pumpkin into a zombie.

To get dressed up and save money, try Party City.

Costumes are about $10 and props start at 99 cents.

There are stores on University Drive and Carl T. Jones Drive in Huntsville.

Money saving experts say check out the dollar stores for candy.  They have name brand treats for a dollar a bag.

And the craft stores have Halloween items deeply discounted.

Hobby Lobby, for example, has everything 40% off.  Michael's has everything up to 70% off.

Some restaurants are also offering Halloween freebies, including IHOP, Krispy Kreme and Outback Steakhouse.  You do have to dress up in costume to enjoy the savings.

And save money trick-or-treating by going to the local malls.  They provide a safe, warm environment with plenty of free candy.

Click HERE for other online frightening freebies.

Click HERE for "Terror on Deaton Drive", another frighteningly creative computerized light and sound display on a home in south Huntsville, not far from the "Hillwood Manor".

Happy Haunting!