Black Friday doesn’t start until a month before Christmas, and retailers have always been keen to get an early jump on the holiday shopping season with various “pre-Black Friday” sales. This year, with retailers hoping to see gains over last year’s shopping season - and with Hanukkah starting just a week after Thanksgiving – the early sales are coming fast and furious.
Combine that with the various freebies and sales offered in conjunction with Halloween, you get a sort of “Orange Friday” this year (coining a term I doubt will catch on). In any case, here are a few of the places offering freebies and discounts this weekend.
The first of the retailer’s “Black Friday Now!” sales are going on Friday and Saturday. There are a few solid toys on sale here, including this Mattel Mind Flex game, marked down from $79.99 to $59.99. Still, most of what they have on sale is the usual seasonal clearance fodder for this time of year, like jeans (marked down to $9.99) and barbecue grills (like this Kenmore gas grill, marked down $250 to $449.88). Sears will be holding more two-day sales every weekend leading up to the real Black Friday.
Come in to any T.G.I. Friday’s in costume after 5 p.m. on Friday and get one of three free appetizers: Mozzarella Sticks, Pot Stickers or Crispy Green Bean Fries. What does this have to do with Halloween? Well, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page, they’re actually free “AAAH!PETIZERS.” They’re doing the same on Saturday, only this time they’re “FREE-KISH APPETIZERS.” And on Halloween itself, any child in costume gets a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.