The average person plans to spend $79.82 on Halloween related items this year. That's about $7.50 more than they spent last year.
The cost of Halloween- quite a scare all by itself. But it doesn't have to be.
When it comes to the costume, find out what your child wants to be early, that way you can do some comparison shopping online, and avoid the scary busy costume store last minute. Better yet, swap costumes with another family or friend. Or if you're up for it, make your child's costume. It's time-consuming, so plan ahead.
For candy, your best bet is to buy in bulk at a discount store. And reach for generic brands. Be sure to hand out the candy yourself, rather than letting trick-or-treaters reach into a bucket. You'll run out way too fast.
Finally for those ghoulish decorations, avoid specialty stores. Stick to discount stores or shop online. It's also another great chance to get crafty and make your own.
And if you want the deepest discounts for Halloween, you've got to start early... really early. Shop the week after Halloween to pick up items for next year. You'll find deals up to 75% off on decorations and costumes.