It’s scary how much money some of us spend on Halloween. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $66 on candy, costumes, and devilish decorations this year. Total Halloween spending could reach nearly $6 billion — all for things that go bump in the night.

There’s no doubt that getting your ghost on and unleashing your inner ghoul is big business for retailers. Heck, I saw spooky Halloween things stocked on store shelves in early September. Jeepers!

Want to have a howl of a Halloween without going into hock? Peek in your closets, dig through your old gear, and shop for novelty items sparingly to creep out your friends for a lot less this year. Here’s how to do it:

1. Make a Free Halloween Costume

You don’t need super sewing skills or a special store bought Halloween costume to have fun this Hallow’s eve. Nope. I’ve had a good time at many Halloween parties over the years by wearing the clothing already hanging in my closet. Rigging a ready-made or free costume is easy — you just need a little creativity to see past your daily duds to find something spooktacular.

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Dress as a decade, coordinate in a single color, be a pun, or bust out the bridesmaid’s dress to reuse old clothing and reduce costume costs.

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2. Decorate Your Halloween Digs on a Dime

You don’t need to buy big inflatable plastic vampires and novelty gravestones to stage a haunted house or create a chilling vibe. If you’re throwing a party, set an eerie mood by reusing your green, white, or orange Christmas lights around the home. Carve a few pumpkins, relight old used candles, and legally download free music to set a scary tone.

Decorating your front door with a classic Jack O’ Lantern is pretty darn cheap and fun. So get a gourd and get carving!

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Don’t forget to download a few free pumpkin carving stencils. These stencils are insanely popular with the downloading bunch. This post offers six simple designs.

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Looking for more of a carving challenge? Try any of these eight pumpkin face stencils — there’s even one of Marilyn Monroe if you’re throwing a swanky soiree.

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To stage your lawn for Halloween night, just stuff fallen leaves into an orange garbage bag and get the kids to decorate the bag with scary faces. Or make a headless body by stuffing worn clothing into an old plaid shirt and a pair of jeans — don’t forget to add an old pair of boots to really give trick or treaters a kick.

3. Cut Your Candy Costs

How much are you spending on sugary sweets this year? According to the National Retail Federation, shelling out around $20 on Halloween candy puts your treat budget at the national average. To cut your candy costs by up to 30%, check out the bulk food section at your local grocery store and opt for non-Halloween themed hard candies over brand name bite-sized chocolate bars. Or do a little price check experiment at Costco before grabbing a bag of spooky sweets at your grocer’s check out — warehouse clubs like Costco often sell quality seasonal snacks at deep discounts for bulk shoppers.

Party hosts and parents can also save a bundle by making, or baking, Halloween treats at home. Halloween themed cupcakes and Ghoulish grub sell for premium prices in October, so look in your pantry and bake up a batch of homemade treats before buying packaged baked goods in a store.

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Use fresh and dried fruits, nuts, and nut butters to craft a healthier Halloween snack.

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Reuse your muffin tins, cake pans, or cupcake pans to cook up some severed meat heads. A package of ground turkey or beef and a few common condiments are all that’s needed to frugally scare the pants off your guests.

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Celebrating Halloween the frugal way is simple if you give yourself the time to plan ahead and use a little creativity to shop inside your home for reusable costumes and decorations. Have a safe and happy Halloween!