Halloween is the second-biggest shopping holiday in the U.S., according to the Better Business Bureau, and the group warns of online scams and "pop-up store confusion" for costume seekers. Many Tucsonans sidestep those options and head for thrift stores.
Tucson Thrift Shop owner Arlene Leaf said Halloween is big for her store, which opened in 1979. They prepare all year long for the rush of last-minute shoppers, she said, which gives it a special atmosphere.
Leaf says her store specializes in eras and character themes, rather than the "scary scary" stuff. We paid a visit to the store to see what people are asking for this year.