2012 October: Papa Murphy’s Prepares for Busiest (and Spookiest) Night of the Year

VANCOUVER, Wash. –– October 16, 2012 –– Restaurants typically see an increase in traffic on Halloween, as partygoers and parents opt for the convenience of a pre-made meal. Papa Murphy’s knows this all too well; October 31st is one of the take and bake pizza chain’s busiest days of the year. In fact, many of Papa Murphy’s 1,300-plus U.S. locations see flocks of costume-clad families coming through the door. Why? The return of the Jack-O-Lantern Pizza!

Papa Murphy’s launched the Jack-O-Lantern Pizza nationally seven years ago. Today it’s become a Halloween tradition for families coast-to-coast. The pizza is handcrafted with freshly grated cheese and premium pepperoni slices, arranged to resemble a Jack-O-Lantern’s face.

“I love the Jack-O-Lantern pizza. My sister and I always have to get them,” wrote Sue, a fan on Papa Murphy’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza). “This pizza is kind of a sentimental thing to us now.”

Like Papa Murphy’s other signature pizzas, the Jack-O-Lantern Pizza takes 12-18 minutes to bake in customers’ home ovens. Price and participation varies nationwide.

About Papa Murphy’s
Papa Murphy’s is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and the pioneer and leader of the take ‘n’ bake pizza segment. Papa Murphy’s operates over 1,300 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 36 states and Canada. The Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality, fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. By baking Papa Murphy’s pizzas at home, customers get to experience the home-baked aroma of a convenient, delicious meal that the brand is known for. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of take ‘n’ bake items, including Cheesy Bread, Cinnamon Wheels, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Papa Murphy’s was recently voted “#1 Rated Pizza Chain” by surveyors in Zagat Survey’s 2010, 2011 and 2012 Fast Food Survey and is a four-time recipient of Pizza Today’s Chain of the Year award. For more information, visit www.papamurphys.com. Find Papa Murphy’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.

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