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Family Finance: Halloween on a budget

From candy to costumes, celebrating Halloween can drain your wallet quick. From candy to costumes, celebrating Halloween can drain your wallet quick.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

From candy to costumes, celebrating Halloween can drain your wallet quick. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank.

The National Retail Federation predicts the average person celebrating Halloween will spend about $75 celebrating the holiday.

That number could be a little steep if you're on a budget, and if you're looking for a costume you can save a ton by starting with what you have.

Adam LeFranc, manager of Spirit Halloween Store in Savannah, made a zombie outfit for less than $25. He used different items he found around the house, including pants from yard work, a regular dress shirt and a vest he picked up for a few dollars at the thrift store.

LeFranc suggests you buy a few accessories like a mask, animal ears or make-up.

"You can go to any of your local Halloween stores and find cream makeup. It usually works the best, just pick some simple colors."

Also, when you go shopping for Halloween costumes, don't fall victim to sticker shock.

"If you're going to a store on a budget, most stores do have clearance sections so you can go through and find bits and pieces," he said.

As far as decorations go, LeFranc suggests spider webs because they are sold in a bundle and stretch hundreds of square feet with just one package.

Lastly, when it comes to candy, buy generic or check your local dollar store for the best bulk deals.

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