The National Retail Federation says Halloween spending is expected to be down from years past. Consumers will shell out $2.6 billion on spooky holiday treats, including candy, costumes and decorations.
So, if you're one of the 86% who plan to spend less this year, you may consider joining the 15% who plan to make, instead of buy, a Halloween costume.
Newscenter 16 joined the folks at Jo-Ann Fabric in Mishawaka to find easy DIY "do-it-yourself" costumes under $20.
-Flapper: a simple black dress can be transformed into an icon from the Roaring 20's with glitter trim, fringe, a spray-painted mask and feathers.
-Monster's Inc: with felt, a simple t-shirt can be transformed into a child's favorite movie character. Add a hat with felt letters to complete the look.
-Mascot: Plaid fabric, duct tape, and a few pins can create a no-sew Irish kilt and sash to show support for Notre Dame.
-Tutu mayhem: it's the most popular item in 2013. People are going crazy over tutu's. They can be used on multiple costumes including fairies, candy corn and a lufa. Add some glitter and ribbon for an extra-girly look. Tool can be purchased for as low as $1.99 a yard.