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Give trick-or-treaters a free copy of Plants vs. Zombies (PC/Mac)

PopCap and the American Dental Association have teamed up to provide an awesome alternative to Halloween candy.

Always brush after eating.... braaaaaiiiinnns!
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Let's face it: Zombies have the worst oral hygiene. I mean, have you ever seen one floss?

Alas, kids run them a close second, especially around Halloween, when the candy piles up like zombies on a cheerleader pyramid.

To help thwart the totally made-up condition known as "Zombie Mouth," PopCap Games has teamed up with the American Dental Association for a seriously cool promotion: Halloween-night coupons for a free copy of Plants vs. Zombies (PC/Mac).

Just print as many copies of the coupon page (PDF) as you like, then cut each one into eight individual coupons you can hand out to trick-or-treaters.

The code can be redeemed (at www.stopzombiemouth.com) starting Oct. 30, but no later than Nov. 10. It's good for the PC or Mac version of the mega-popular game, which normally sells for $19.95. You read that right: This is a $20 freebie for every kid in your neighborhood.

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That's just awesome. I tip my cheapskate and parent hats to PopCap and the ADA for providing a candy alternative as sweet as this. Alas, I suspect they're tilting at chocolate-coated windmills -- kids will still bring home buckets of sugar on Halloween night -- but it's still a great promotion that I'm thrilled to endorse.

And, hey, it gives you a freebie alternative to spending a small fortune on candy to hand out. Your only cost is a bit of paper and ink. (My advice: print on heavier stock that's less likely to get crushed inside the goodie bag.)

One other big perk: This deal won't sell out! Needless to say, you can use the code to score your own free copy of PvZ -- but remember, just like Halloween itself, it's really meant for the kids.

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