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Irish Times Pricewatch Feature: Has Halloween sold its soul?

Although the ancient festival has undoubtedly become Americanised, and shop-bought costumes and plastic tat are now a big feature, many of our traditions go back centuries - and mischief is free. In this Pricewatch feature, I explore how commercialism has impacted on Halloween, how much consumers can expect to fork out for the event, and how they can cut the costs.