- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween costumes, candy and decorations can become frighteningly expensive.

But there are ways to circumvent this particular scare, according to the Celebrations section of www.frugal-living-tips.com.

For cheap decorations, for example, the site recommends making spider webs from stretched-out cotton wool and ghosts from old white sheets (create faces with black paint or marker).

For scary — but cheap — treats, the site suggests making a big bowl of popcorn and pouring melted butter colored with red food coloring over it.

Finally, for scary costumes, the site recommends making your own mask by mixing cornstarch, water, cold cream and food coloring into face paint. Or make a pirate costume — a pirate’s sword can be made from cardboard and paint, the homemade face paint can be used to make mustaches, and eye patches sell for less than a dollar on www. amazon.com, or make your own from cardboard and elastic.

- Gabriella Boston

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