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According to a National Retail Federation survey, consumers plan to spend an average of $56.31 on Halloween this year, down from $66.54 in 2008. Furthermore, only 62% say they plan on celebrating the holiday compared to 64.5% last year. This doesn't bode well for the rest of the holiday season, which had its worst sales in roughly 40 years. Eighty eight percent of those who were surveyed indicating they were going to spend less on Halloween this year say they're also going to spend less this Christmas.

So if the economy is pinching wallets, what are your tricks for making this Halloween a treat? How about some homemade costumes? Any ideas you'd like to offer? Homemade decorations? For Christmas, perhaps buying fewer gifts and making more. How has the economy changed your holiday plans? Is this year better than last? Click here to read the full article.

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