Stretching Your Dollar... Halloween costumes on a budget

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By Maureen O'Boyle - bio l email

CHARLOTTE,  NC (WBTV) - If the idea of spending $30 on a packaged Halloween costume is giving you the spooks, you are not alone.

According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation in September, most consumers will spend about $10 less than they did last year.

Of the nearly 9,000 people polled, 88 percent said they plan to spend less overall on the holiday.

Nearly 50 percent said they plan on buying less candy.

Perhaps, the most interesting part of the survey found that 17 percent of those polled plan to make their own costumes.

With that in mind, I hit the streets and the thrift stores in Charlotte.

With just under $30 I was able to make three fabulous costumes.

Dee Abdullah from Morris Costumes, Charlotte's premiere costume house, said thrift stores are the best place to start when trying to think of what to be.

"Go to the thrift store, start there, and build from that," she said.

If your budget can't afford the big dollar get ups, the costume house has the perfect accessories for any thrift store finds.

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