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5 Fun, Frugal Halloween Decorations

ghostFor me, the scariest thing about Halloween is something I read in the paper the other day. This year, Americans who celebrate Halloween will spend an average of $80 per person on costumes, decorations, treats and such.  That makes Halloween an $8 billion a year holiday, second only to Christmas when it comes to consumer spending. For a cheapskate like me, that’s truly frightening.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always enjoyed celebrating Halloween. But ever since I was a kid, part of the fun has been getting creative and seeing how much Halloween horror you can cook up with things you already have around the house. Halloween is probably the best repurposing holiday of all.

Check out these homemade Halloween ideas:

For inexpensive Halloween costume supplies for everyone in the family, look no further than your local thrift store. That oversized suit coat is must-have apparel for the perfect Frankenstein and a second-hand prom dress (and some fake blood) will transform a woman into “Carrie.”

After Halloween you can even donate your costumes back to the thrift store for a tax deduction. Now, “taxes,” that’s really scary.

Photo credit: sumopotpie via Flickr.