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My first's where you are when you aren't trick-or-treating
My next is the start of what kids will be eating
My third, when gigantic, might test your comport
My fourth starts the season where goblins cavort
My fifth is a note sung by sirens that lure you
My last's where you put the disguise that obscures you

My whole is a staple of magic primeval
For witches invoking the forces of evil

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Thanks to Dr Xorile for seeing the final solution from my first attempt and GentlePurpleRain for the last fix in formatting:

My first's where you are when you aren't trick-or-treating

IN, because when you're not out trick-or-treating, you're in.

My next is the start of what kids will be eating

C, the "start" of candy.

My third, when gigantic, might test your comport

ANT, as in a comport-testing gigantic ant.

My fourth starts the season where goblins cavort

A, the "start" of autumn.

My fifth is a note sung by sirens that lure you

TI, one of the notes do, re mi, fa so, la ti, do

My last's where you put the disguise that obscures you

ON, because you put the disguise on to obscure your identity.

My whole is a staple of magic primeval

For witches invoking the forces of evil

INCANTATION

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    $\begingroup$ Could it be ant instead of bee? To make incantati? Or maybe incantation if the last is "eye on" $\endgroup$
    – Dr Xorile
    Nov 2, 2015 at 21:34
  • $\begingroup$ @DrXorile, Incantation sounds pretty good to me. I assumed based on the puzzle wording ("third", "forth", etc.) that each clue could only yield one letter, but I'm editing my answer to see if that's the correct solution. $\endgroup$
    – Josh
    Nov 2, 2015 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ Almost! Your final solution is correct, but the fifth and sixth aren't quite right. $\endgroup$ Nov 2, 2015 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain, how's the last edit? $\endgroup$
    – Josh
    Nov 2, 2015 at 22:00
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    $\begingroup$ Now you've got it! I'd suggest removing all the strikeout text, as it's just confusing for people. The original answer is still in the edit history if people are interested. $\endgroup$ Nov 2, 2015 at 22:01

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