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This year's top Halloween costumes are to die for

October 22, 2011 |  6:00 am

Halloween

It’s hard to believe Halloween is already here again, but the time for sugar highs, “The Exorcist” marathons and playing dress-up couldn’t come fast enough.  Finding inspiration for a costume seems easy after a year full of hot messes in Hollywood and a slew of royal weddings.

It seems people can’t get enough of the spooky holiday, with 161 million Americans expected to celebrate Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. After polling 9,374 consumers, the federation expects that consumers will spend $6.86 billion on Halloween merchandise, $1.21 billion of which will go toward a costume.

This year’s top costumes, according to national retailers, show a return to the classics and an angry revenge of the nerds, with superheroes, zombies and our favorite game characters topping the list of hot sellers. Throw in some colorful music artists and a winning celebrity or two, and you have the makings of a killer costume party.

Read more about all the hot Halloween costume trends in this Sunday's Image section.

-- Jenn Harris

twitter.com/jenn_harris_

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Photos, from top left: "Glee" Sue Sylvester adult Halloween costume, $29.97. Credit: Walmart.com; Adult red angry bird costume, $84.99. Credit: Halloweencostumes.com.

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