(WLUK) -- With Halloween coming up soon, many people are starting to think about their costume.
Costumes in specialty stores can get pricey, so lots of trick-or-treaters and party-goers make their own.
When it comes to D-I-Y costumes, thrift stores are a popular place to shop for supplies.
The National Retail Federation says 45 percent of shoppers will visit discount stores, while 35 percent will go to a Halloween store and 24 percent will shop online.
Experts say searching through discount stores is a good way to make sure no one else is sporting the same costume as you.
"Certainly coming in and designing your custom costume, making it something that means something to you and your area," said thrift sore employee, Kathy McKinley.
Prosper Insights & Analytics say among Halloween celebrants, 70 percent plan to pass out candy, 50 percent will decorate their home or yard, 48 percent will wear costumes, 30 percent will take their children trick-or-treating and 18 percent will dress their pets in costumes.
Halloween spending for 2018 is expected to reach $9 billion with consumers planning to spend an average of $86.79 each, the National Retail Federation reports.