How to Save Money on Halloween

Follow these tips to keep the cost of candy, costumes and decorations from reaching scary heights.

Halloween fright
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It’s frightening just how much money will be spent on Halloween this year. Americans plan to shell out $7.4 billion -- about $78 per person -- on costumes, candy, cards and decorations, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.