Nothing Scary About All These Halloween Promos At PA Casinos

Written By Mark Gruetze on October 6, 2017
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[toc]With Halloween and Friday the 13th on the calendar this month, Pennsylvania casinos have conjured up timely promotions, from a “Scaryoke” contest to “Monster Money” prizes and a “Lucky 13” giveaway.

On the non-Halloween side, gamblers can treat themselves to free buffets, tickets to vehicle giveaways, or even swag for giving up a competitor’s players club card.

Here’s a look at some of the best casino promotions and attractions in Pennsylvania for October:


Harrah’s Philadelphia

777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013
(800) 480-8020

App-Tastic drawings

Users of the Play by TR app can receive a free appetizer on Oct. 14 and 28. Additionally, on Nov. 4. every hour from 6 to 10 p.m., one person will receive $100 in free slot play at Harrah’s, with notification through the app.

Mohegan Sun Pocono

1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(888) 946-4672

Friday the 13th giveaway

From 4 to 10 p.m. on the day known for bad luck, a players club member will be chosen every 10 minutes to win $1,313 in slot free play at Mohegan Sun. To participate, play any slot machine or table game with your Momentum card.

Play and buffet

Players who earn four status points at slots or table games on a single day other than Monday or Tuesday can get a voucher for a free Timbers buffet.

Points must be earned between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays in October, or in the 24-hour period starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Once the points have accumulated, swipe your Momentum card at any promotional kiosk to receive the buffet voucher.

Monster Money Mash

From 2 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28, five people will be chosen every 15 minutes for a prize of $100 to $1,000 in slot free play. At 10:15 p.m., one person will be chosen to win $25,000 cash. A second-chance drawing at 10:30 p.m. will award all unclaimed prizes to one person.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

312 Woodland Rd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
(877) 682-4791

Mohegan giveaway

Hoping to attract players who frequent the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino less than an hour away, Mount Airy is offering:

  • $15 in free slot play
  • Free t-shirt
  • Entry into a drawing for $100 cash

All customers have to do is give up a Mohegan Sun players club card. The promotion is available from 1 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 and 20. The drawing will be at 9:30 p.m. those days.


2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
(888) 588-7279

$50,000 Scream Fest

This series of drawings on Oct. 28 offers more than $1 million in free slot play plus cash awards to Parx players. From Oct. 15 through 28, My Xclub members earn one entry for every $20 played through a slot machine or every $60 through a video poker machine.

Plus, the entry rate will be multiplied on Oct. 16 and 23. That multiplier can be 5X, 10X or even 20X, depending on your players club level.

From 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28, 50 winners will be selected every hour for slot free play prizes of up to $200. The hourly winner with the most entries becomes a finalist for a $10,000 cash giveaway at 10:30 p.m.

The Amazing Kreskin

The entertainer and mentalist will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the casino’s 360 venue. Kreskin’s career spans 50 years and includes his own television series, a Milton Bradley board game named for him, and 20 published books. Tickets are $25 each.


77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(877) 726-3777

2017 FORD F-350 Crew Cab sweepstakes

The drawing for the grand prize and for four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. The first drawing entry is free, with additional entries based on rated slot play through 6:45 p.m. Oct. 22

Additionall, 25X entries are available for play on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 27, and 28. A second-chance drawing is at 9 p.m. and offers five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.

Play and dine

Every Tuesday and Wednesday in October, players who earn three points in rated slot play between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. can receive a $15 food credit good at:

  • Carnegie Deli
  • Burgers And More by Emeril
  • Buddy V’s Ristorante

There is a limit of one $15 credit per day per person, and credit must be used the day it is earned. Credit is not good for alcohol, tax, and tip either. Additioanlly, table game play is not eligible for the promotion.

Autumn pull tabs

Every three points accumulated for Sands Bethlehem play between noon and 8 p.m. on Mondays or Tuesdays in October earns a pull tab that holds a prize ranging from $10 in slot free play to $10,000 cash. Players may get up to three pull tabs per day while supplies last.


1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(877) 477-3715

$5,000 weekly blackjack tournament

Everyone at SugarHouse is eligible for the tournaments from 6 to 10 p.m. each Thursday in October. Prizes include Eagles tickets and up to $1,000 cash.

Valley Forge Resort Casino

1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 354-8118
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

HalloWheels giveaway

Slot and table game players at Valley Forge can earn entries for two motorcycle drawings based on play throughout the month. Two motorcycles are up for grabs: one for slot and table game play on the main floor and one for play at high-limit table games.

For play on the main floor, players earn entries through 8 p.m. Oct. 27. Then, six finalists will be selected and one will win a new motorcycle.

For high-limit table games, players receive an entry for each natural in blackjack or Natural 9 (banker bet) in baccarat through 8 p.m. Oct. 28. The drawing for the motorcycle will follow at 9 p.m. Oct. 28.


Hollywood at Penn National

777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
(717) 469-2211

Lucky 13

On Friday the 13th, 13 Marquee Rewards members at Hollywood will be selected every 20 minutes to win slot free play:

  • $100 for those at the Marquee, Celebrity or Producer levels
  • $200 for Executive Producer level
  • $300 for Icon level

3X point Thursdays

Marquee Rewards members will earn 3X Marquee Comps for play at any slot machine or table games every Thursday in October.

Lady Luck Nemacolin

4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
(724) 329-7500
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)

Halloween Scaryoke and costume party

Free slot play will be awarded for the top five performances in the pre-Halloween karaoke contest at Lady Luck as well as for the top three costumes.

Additionally, the casino is choosing 10 winners of $100 in slot free play in a drawing open to everyone at 9 p.m. Costumes may not include guns, knives, or masks. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27.

Halloween slot tournament

This slot tournament runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, and offers a prize pool of up to $1,500 in slot free play to the top 20 scorers. The first entry is free, with up to two additional entries based on play. Those who wear a costume (no masks or weapons allowed) are entered in a drawing for $250 cash at the end of the tournament.


210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301

Heartland Poker Tour

The Heartland Poker Tour will make its first stop in Pennsylvania with a 12-day series of tournaments Oct. 26 through Nov. 6 at Meadows.

Buy-ins start at $60, and the Main Event has a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000. Registration for the Main Event and Event No. 1, a belt event with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool, will start at 10 a.m. Oct. 26.

Registration for all other multi-table tournaments opens the evening before the tournament. The schedule also has a $300 buy-in tournament for seniors (age 50-plus) as well as a PLO tournament with a $200 buy-in. Single-table tournaments will start Oct. 26.

A New Lease on Luxury giveaway

A two-year lease on a Mercedes-Benz and more than $40,000 in slot free play will be given away in this series of Saturday drawings.

Preliminary drawings will be on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28. At 7, 8 and 9 p.m. those days, 25 players will win $100 in slot free play. Then, at 10 p.m., five prizes of $500 slot free play will be awarded. Plus, one of the five will receive a key to be used in the grand finale drawing.

The finale drawing is at 10:15 p.m. Oct. 28 and will determine the winner of the car lease and eight prizes of slot free play. Players earn entries based on play through 10 p.m. Oct. 28, with 5X entries on Thursdays for the 10 p.m. drawing.

Presque Isle Downs

8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
(866) 374-3386

$10,000 Witch’s Brew Hot Seat

Every Sunday in October, 22 players will be selected to reach into the witch’s brew for prizes of $50 to $250 in slot free play.  Drawings are from 1 to 7 p.m.  Players must have their Presque Isle One Club card activated to be eligible.

Bobbin’ for cash

Ten winners will be chosen every hour from 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 for prizes including free play and up to $1,000 cash. The first entry is free, with a bonus entry for each 20 points earned each promotional day. Tiered players are eligible for entry multipliers, from 2X for Silver tier to 5X for Chairman tier.


777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(877) 558-0777

Penguins shoot for a million

This seven-month promotion started Oct. 1, three days before the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins open the regular season. The top prize in the April 14 finale drawing is guaranteed to be $50,000, with a possible award of $1 million. Starting Oct. 1, Rivers players club members receive one monthly drawing entry for every 25 points earned.

Entries are good for drawings at 2, 4 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 and Oct. 14. Ten winners will be chosen at each drawing, with a top prize of $5,000 cash on Oct. 12 and $10,000 cash on Oct. 14.

Each winner will roll dice to determine his or her prize win. Penguins fans who bring in ticket stubs from a home game are also eligible for a separate monthly drawing with a top prize of $2,500 cash. Ticket stubs must be taken to the players club within 72 hours of a home game, but not before 8 a.m. the day after the game.

Brew Craft Beer Fest

Sample locally produced craft beer, enjoy food truck vittles, and play retro arcade games at the Rivers Brew Craft Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Guests wearing costumes will compete for a $1,000 cash prize.

Tickets include:

  • Beer tastings
  • Arcade games
  • Light complimentary appetizers
  • $10 free slot play or $10 match play coupons

Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the door, or $15 for designated drivers.

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Mark Gruetze of suburban Pittsburgh, a skilled recreational gambler for more than 35 years, covers casinos and gaming from a player’s perspective. He is a retired journalist and wrote the Player's Advantage gambling column for seven years.

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