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 <http://www.papamurphys.com/> 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+ 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 hand-crafted 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 <http://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 <http://www.papamurphys.com> . Find Papa Murphy’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza <http://www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza> .

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