10 Ways to Keep Halloween Costs Under Control

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The amount consumers are expected to spend on Halloween costumes, candy and decorations this year is downright scary: $6.9 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. No, that's not a typo -- billion with a B. Part of the reason spending will be so high is because more people than ever are expected to take part in Halloween festivities, according to the survey.

You don't have to blow your budget, though, to have fun on this spooky holiday. Over the years, I've found several ways to keep the costs of candy, costumes, d�cor and festivities low. Here's how:

Try something different. My mother saved money by handing out freezer pops, such as Fla-Vor-Ice, that kids could take home and, well, freeze. And trick-or-treaters always thought it was cool to get a popsicle. You can buy a box of 100 for $8 or less.

Buy in bulk. If you want to stick with candy, you'll get a better deal if you buy in bulk. You'll also pay less for suckers and bags of assorted hard candies than for name-brand candy bars. For example, a bag of 300 Dum Dum Pops is about $7 versus a bag of 80 Hershey's assorted candy bars for about $8.50.

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