Halloween is always a fun time of the year, and it doesn’t have to put a hole in your wallet. This year, try these tactics and watch as your money piles up. Costumes can carry a large price tag with them and on average, are the most expensive part of Halloween as a whole.

One way to get around this is to exchange costumes with other people. This can be done a few times and if your kids give you grief for making them wear their friend's costume from last year, try exchanging costumes with a person from work instead of parents from your children's school. This way they don’t know it’s a reused costume.

Also, a lot of costumes can be made right at home. A ghost or the classic hobo are made very easily and will not cost you much at all. One other method to save on costumes is to buy them after Halloween for the next year. The only downfall to this is if your child hits a growth spurt that year, but it’s a great idea for adults.

Candy is the other culprit when it comes to Halloween spending. One good habit to get into is to buy candy in bulk instead of buying multiple bags of brand name candy. This can really reduce the price and if you can get a family or two to go in on it with you, the savings can really add up. If you are worried the non-brand name candy will not taste as good, then buy a small amount first and test it out yourself. I hope these ideas can save you some cash over the holidays.

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