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Free IHOP Scary Face Pancake for Kids With Adult Entree (Through Oct. 31!)

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We’re all about Halloween food freebies, and one of the more consistent Halloween freebies we can count on is a free Scary Face pancake at IHOP for kids under 12 every Halloween season.

IHOP always rolls out a Halloween-themed pancake and offers it as a freebie, and 2023 is no different. This year’s Scary Face pancake is topped with a whipped cream smile and decorated with candy corn, a strawberry, and Oreos. While you will be able to pick up this pancake all October long, you’ll only get a free pancake from now through Oct. 31. Plus, you don’t even have to wear a Halloween costume to pick up your freebie (unlike the Krispy Kreme Halloween freebie).

We’ll let you know exactly how to grab your free pancake, what’s changed in the past few years, and more. For more smart shopping tips and savings hacks, text HACKS to 57299.


The Scary Face Pancake is free for kids under 12 from Oct. 24 to 31 with the purchase of an adult entree.

ihop scary face pancakes signage in restaurant

Normally, a Scary Face Pancake at IHOP will cost you around $3.99, but from Oct. 24 to 31, kids under 12 can grab one for free with the purchase of an adult entree from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This offer is for dine-in only.

Each Scary Face Pancake comes with whipped cream, a candy corn smile, Oreo eyes, and a strawberry nose.


Order the short stack of pancakes — the cheapest adult entree for the free Scary Face Pancake.

a plate with pancakes on a table with syrups and a cup of coffee at ihop with a fork full of pancakes

If you’re looking to grab the Scary Face Pancake freebie for the cheapest price, you should pick up a short stack of pancakes (regularly $8.49). That’s three pancakes with a pat of butter on top and your choice of syrup.

Want to know some other options that are eligible for this freebie? We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the cheapest adult entrees you can get from IHOP:

  • Full Stack (5) of Pancakes: $10.49
  • Build Your Own Omelette: Starting at $11.29
  • 2x2x2: $11.49
  • Quick 2-Egg Breakfast: $11.99
  • Cinn-a-Stack Pancakes (4): $11.99

We’ve been keeping track of all the different ways you can grab free IHOP pancakes.


You’ll only get the IHOP Scary Face freebie in person.

kids going inside ihop restaurant

In the past, you could have gotten your free pancake from IHOP via online order, but in the years since, IHOP has only allowed you to get your freebie on in-person orders. You also won’t be able to receive the free pancake on third-party delivery services like DoorDash or Uber Eats.

The good news is that you don’t have to wear a Halloween costume to get your freebie like you did pre-2020.


The IHOP Halloween freebie is no longer the Mr. Mummy Pancake.

A close-up of a Mr. Mummy pancake from IHOP.

Back in 2020, you could have gotten a Mr. Mummy Pancake as the IHOP Halloween freebie from Oct. 26 to 30, 2020. Since then, it’s always been the Scary Face pancake.

Here’s what the promotion has been like in the past:

  • 2022: Free Scary Face Pancake with an adult entree from Oct. 24 to 31. In-person only.
  • 2021: Free Scary Face Pancake with an adult entree on Oct. 29. In-person only.
  • 2020: Free Mr. Mummy Pancake with an adult entree from Oct. 26 to 30. Online orders only.


Grab even more Halloween food freebies this week.

A person's hands holding a burrito that is half wrapped in foil in front of a Chipotle takeout bag.

IHOP isn’t the only restaurant offering deals to celebrate Halloween. We’ve got a whole list of Halloween food freebies that you should know about, but here are a few of our favorites:

  • Chipotle: Rewards members can grab an entree for $6 through the app on Oct. 31.
  • Qdoba: Purchase an entree and drink to get a free entree on Oct. 31.
  • Sonic Drive-In: $0.50 Corn Dogs and half-priced cheeseburgers on Oct. 31.
  • Wendy’s: Get a Boo Book for $1. Each Boo Book will get you a free Jr. Frosty.


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