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Spending on Halloween has increased over 55 percent since 2005, with overall spending expected to reach $7.4 billion this year. With a record number of Americans dressing up for All Hallow’s Eve, the cost of celebrating can be downright scary. Kendal Perez with HassleFreeSavings.com shares her tips for saving on Halloween essentials.

COSTUMES

  1. Use coupons & compare. Offset the sticker price of Elsa and Anna costumes with coupons! Head to CouponSherpa.com for such deals as 20% off one item at Spirit Halloween or 15% off Halloween costumes from Kohl’s. Also, compare prices - I found an Elsa costume at Spirit for $40, with a similar style available from Party City for $10 less.
  2. Shop discount retailers. We all know thrift shops are the go-to place for cheap costumes, but don’t forget about discount retailers like TJMaxx and Marshalls. These stores offer darling costumes for kids for less than $20, often including all the accessories -- hats, boots, etc. -- for which costume stores charge extra.

CANDY

  1. Buy in bulk. Depending on how many kids you expect at your doorstep, buying in bulk can save you 25 percent or more. If you only need a few small bags, compare circulars between supermarkets to find the best sales on candy.
  2. Get the cheap stuff. Tootsie roll mixes are nearly half the price of chocolate assortments from Hershey’s or Mars. Plus, you’re less likely to consume cheaper candy before all the kiddos come knocking!

DECOR

  1. Repurpose household items. Old sheets make for great tree ghosts, while an old flannel shirt and pair of ripped jeans can easily be made into a scarecrow. Empty bottles and jars can make for spooky containers when you stick free printable labels on them.
  2. Download free printables. Free printable templates for Halloween are all over the Internet, but InkjetWilly.com found over 15 of the top resources. I printed this banner, these labels and this framed art all for free using printables.
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