Tips and Tricks for Saving on All Your Last-Minute Halloween Costs

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In the season of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, the scariest sight might be the bills you rack up. Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States, but it’s also an expensive one.

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In 2021, spending on Halloween-related items is forecast to top $10 billion, the National Retail Federation reports. That’s an average of $102.74 spent for every American.

For the savvy shopper, however, GOBankingRates has plenty of tips and tricks to make your Halloween spending more of a treat.

You might be surprised by all the areas where Americans spend on Halloween. Costumes and candy are the obvious ones, but decorations and events also are big costs. Check out some tips for saving on your Halloween spending.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with holiday preparations, consider doing all your shopping at one place. It’s efficient, and it’s doable.

One of the biggest costs for Halloween is the candy, and it’s certainly essential. Don’t run out and grab the first bag you see, though. Instead, follow these handy tips for some sweet savings.

If you’re not planning to give out candy at home and instead want to head out for some fright-filled fun, GOBankingRates compiled six of the top spots to visit, plus some tips for saving money.

Make Your Money Work for You

Don’t forget the costume! Americans will spend an estimated $3.3 billion (with a B!) on costumes, the National Retail Federation reports. That’s a big chunk of change to spend on something you’re not going to wear to work, so consider these ways to create popular costumes for cheap.

Halloween parties are often a hit, but you don’t have to spend a scary amount. We’ve done the legwork and bargain hunting for you. You’re welcome!

It’s easy to go overboard with the Halloween spending, especially when you look at some of these overpriced indulgences. After you’re done gawking at the price tags, keep reading to see some of the cheaper versions of these tricked-out treats, and congratulate yourself on being a smart spender this Halloween!

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    Last updated: Oct. 27, 2021

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