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October is about more than ghosts, goblins and candy.

It's also about pizza, pasta, dessert, cookies and more.

It's National Pizza Month, National Pasta Month, National Cookie Month along with National Financial Planning Month.

The two biggest days of the month are National Taco Day on Thursday, Oct. 4 and Halloween.

We had sweet savings Oct. 14 for National Dessert Day, and Oct. 17 is another carb day with National Pasta Day. 

Bookmark this page because it'll be updated frequently with additional deals.

Here are the best deals, big days and ongoing specials, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.

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National Pizza Month deals

Pizza is one of the most popular dishes and there have been a lot of recent celebrations including National Pepperoni Pizza Day and National Cheese Pizza Day, both in September. Now it's a month-long pizza party, and here are a few specials:

Grimaldi’s PizzeriaEvery Monday in October, participating locations will have a 16-inch Traditional Cheese Pizza for $10. Not valid in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

Hungry Howie'sThrough Oct. 30, buy a large one-topping pizza at regular price and get a medium one-topping pizza with promo code LHP18. The special is to mark Hungry Howie’s Love, Hope & Pizza promotion to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation and is not valid in Florida.

Papa John's: Through Oct. 28, get an extra-large two-topping pizza for $10 with promo code XLPIZZA.

Pizza Hut: The chain has expanded its Hut Rewards loyalty program and now is awarding two points for every dollar spent on purchases made in-store and online. Points can also be redeemed on more items including bread sticks.

The new official pizza sponsor of the NFL, Pizza Hut also has weekly deals for National Pizza Month including its limited-time, online-only large two-topping pizza deal for $7.99: 

  • Oct. 15-21: Free dessert or side with a large menu-priced pizza and code DESSERTSOCT.
  • Oct. 22-28: 20 percent off menu-priced items with code 20OFFPIZZAMONTH.

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Sbarro: Enter the chain's contest hubs.ly/H0d-3CV0 for a chance to win free pizza for a year. Ten will win. 

Oct. 18: National Pasta Day continues

Several restaurants that had deals Wednesday will continue to offer carb-filled specials for a limited time including Olive Garden and P.F. Changs. Plus, sign up for rewards programs.

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Oct. 18: Burgerim NBA meal deal

To celebrate the kick-off of the NBA season, Burgerim will have a deal on its Family Box. For one day, the box, which includes eight burgers, eight wings and fries, will be $24.99, $10 off the regular price.

Oct. 19: Starbucks Happy Hour

Starbucks brings back its Happy Hour on Friday. Starting at 3 p.m., buy any grande or larger handcrafted espresso beverage and get one free. This deal will be loaded to Starbucks Rewards members accounts and non-members can sign up for a code at https://happyhour.starbucks.com

Oct. 22: Chili's Presidente margarita deal

On Monday, Oct. 22, Chili's celebrates the birthday of its Presidente margarita with a deal. The margarita will be $5 all-day.

Oct. 31: Halloween

Last year, Halloween brought a long list of deals and freebies, some which required dressing in costume.

Baskin-Robbins: Get any regular or kids-sized scoop of ice cream for $1.50 on Oct. 31 at participating locations. Also this month, the chain’s lineup includes the Fang-Tastic Monster Cake, Flavor of the Month Trick Oreo Treat and seasonal flavors, including Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Praline Cheesecake and Banana Nut.

Burgerim: Kids dine for 99 cents with the purchase of a regular menu-priced meal on Halloween.

Burger King: Starting Oct. 22 and through Nov. 1, the chain has a special Halloween sandwich, the Nightmare King.

Captain D's: This Halloween deal starts Oct. 26 and runs through Nov. 6. With the purchase of an adult meal and a coupon that will be posted on social media, get a kids meal for $1.99.

Chipotle: Boorito is coming back to Chipotle on Halloween. This year, customers who wear a costume from 3 p.m. to close can get a $4 entrée, which includes burritos, bowls, salads and orders of tacos.

Krispy KremeWear a costume to participating locations on Halloween and get a free doughnut of your choice. The chain also has released several Halloween special doughnuts including the Trick-or-Treat Doughnut, Monster Batter Doughnut and Jack-O-Lantern Doughnut.

Mimi’s Cafe: Kids eat free on Halloween with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Quiznos: Get free classic tots with purchase of an 8-inch sub on Halloween.

Sizzler: The Halloween festivities last a week at the chain. From Oct. 24 to Halloween, kids dressed in their Halloween costume get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée and beverage purchase. One free kid’s meal per adult entrée and beverage purchase. 

Ongoing specials

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant: Through Oct. 29, the chain is promoting a taco Family Feast. Choose from a taco pack to-go, six tacos for $21.99 or twelve tacos for $41.99.

Applebee’s: The October Neighborhood Drink of the Month is the Dollar Zombie, an electric-blue-colored drink topped with a gummy brain for $1.

Bahama Breeze Island Grille: The chain's Rumtoberfest, an event of rum-inspired dishes and cocktails, goes through Oct. 28.

Baskin-Robbins: Small Cappuccino Blasts are $2.99 in October.

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A promotion for Applebee's Dollar Zombie drink.
Applebee's

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Through Halloween, the chain's Pizookie dessert will be $3 each, which is more than half off the regular price. No minimum purchase is required. New members of the chain's rewards program also get a coupon for a free Pizookie for signing up www.bjsrestaurants.com

Burger King: For a limited time, get a 10-piece order of chicken nuggets for $1 or a dime per nugget. To celebrate the promotion, Burger King will sell a limited-edition 100-piece chicken nuggets for $10 exclusively through Postmates with free delivery through Sunday, Oct. 14 with promo code NUGGS. This Postmates offer is available at participating restaurants in Los Angeles, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  

Carvel: Through Oct. 31, save $2 off a 48-ounce or larger cake or $3 off any sheet cake with a printable coupon.

Chili’s: The Great Pumpkin is the $5 margarita of the month. The chain said it's made with Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup, Lunazul Silver Tequila, Triple Sec and a splash of Captain Morgan.

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For a limited time, participating Burger King locations will sell 10-piece nuggets for $1.
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Coco's Bakery: Through Oct. 31, the West Coast chain has a pie sale going on with prices ranging from $9.99 to $10.99. Join the chain's eClub for a free slice.

Cumberland FarmsOn Fridays in October, stop by any Cumberland Farms for a free cup of coffee, in any size. Applies to the chain's 99-cents hot and iced coffee, cappuccinos and tea. No coupon is needed and limit one per customer.

Dairy Queen: For a limited time, download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account and get a free small Blizzard treat at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit. Not valid in Texas. There also are weekly exclusives through the app.

DoorDash: For a limited time, sign up for a week trial of the new DashPass subscription. With the trial, get unlimited free delivery on orders of $15 or more. The free trial can be activated at in the DoorDash app or online at www.doordash.com and no promo code is needed.

Jack in the Box: Through Dec. 10, get two croissants for $4 when you sign up for a coupon at www.jackinthebox.com/offers.

Mrs. Fields: For National Cookie Month, get 15 percent off online orders through Oct. 31 with promo code COOKIE.

Olive Garden: The Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion runs through Nov. 18. The pasta bowl starts at $10.99. 

Panda Express: In honor of the chain's 35th anniversary, through Oct. 31, get $3 off any online order $5 or more with the code HONEYISBACK.

Red Lobster: The Endless Shrimp promotion is back for a limited time.

Red Robin: For a limited time, get the Taco Tavern Double served with Bottomless Steak Fries for $6.99.

Sonny's BBQ: Through Nov. 4 as part of its National Pulled Pork Day festivities, Sonny’s has limited-time-only pulled pork creations including the Pork ‘N Donut, which is pulled pork on top of a “Signature Sweet Tea-glazed donut drizzled with Sonny’s Sweet Sauce.” Also through Nov. 4, enter the Mobile VIP Club Pork Contest for a chance to win free pulled pork for a year by joining the club by texting PORK to 73165.

Sonic: For a limited time, get a Carhop Classic, which is the choice of the Quarter Pound Double Cheeseburger or the Classic Signature Slinger, served with medium tots for only $2.99.

Taco Bell: Through Nov. 8, Taco Bell is offering first-time app and online order customers 20 percent off an order, up to $10 off. The 20 percent coupon will expire two weeks after signing up. Learn more at www.tacobell.com.

The Lost Cajun: Through Oct. 31, get half-price cups, bowls and quarts to go.

Wingstop: Through Nov. 20, Wingstop has a “Big Night In Boneless Bundle” promotion. For $15.99, get 25 boneless wings in three flavors with three dips at participating locations nationwide.

White CastleThrough Oct. 31, the Columbus-based fast-food chain has $3 Bacon Threesomes, which include three options of bacon-loaded sliders.

Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at kelly.tyko@tcpalm.com. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/newsletters