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Although the ghosts and goblins haven't officially been taken down from my attic, I am already starting to search for the best bargains on Halloween costumes. Just like anything, it's always a good idea to plan ahead to save money. Three ways to save on Halloween costumes are by making your own costume, buying ahead on flash sale sites or participating in a Halloween costume swap.

Homemade costumes are probably the best way to save, but sometimes the most time consuming. Try to think of costumes that don't require you to spend a lot of money on the materials needed to make the costume. A great resource for homemade costumes is costumeideazone.com.

There are a number of children's flash sale sites that offer free membership and up to 70 percent off Halloween costumes. Zulily.com is one of my favorite flash sale sites offering top-quality apparel, gear, toys and of course, costumes. The best part about Zulily is that you can earn $15 by inviting friends to join through email, Facebook and Twitter. Totsy.com is another site to find discounted kids' costumes. It's important to buy costumes ahead of time online for the right size. Allow enough time for exchanges to be made. Amazon.com also offers sales on Halloween costumes with free two day shipping when you spend $25 or more.

Another way to save, which is my favorite, is to look through the paper for a local costume swap or create your own swap party. Parents can get together with a group of friends and each bring gently used Halloween costumes.

Looking for a local costume swap? Eventful Moms has teamed up with GreenHalloween.com to celebrate National Costume Swap Day in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Visit a participating YMCA in Wilkes Barre, Scranton, Carbondale or Pittston between now and October 10 to donate a gently used Halloween costume at the front desk to receive a special token good to swap for a gently used Halloween costume on Oct. 13 at The Shoppes at Montage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The costume swap is open to the public, a $5 fee will be charged per token if a costume is not being swapped. This event is powered by Eventful Moms, a collaboration of mom bloggers in NEPA.

For more information on Eventful Moms, visit Facebook.com/eventfulmoms

For more ideas on how you can save money this Halloween, visit Bucktownbargains.com.

Do you have any money saving tips for Halloween? Share them with us at facebook.com/golackawanna.

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