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Trick or Treat

With nearly seven in 10 Americans planning to celebrate Halloween, Oct. 31 is one of the fastest growing holidays of the year. And for good reason, it is a chance to break away from day-to-day routines to let loose and have some fun.

A National Retail Federation survey said Americans will spend $8 billion on Halloween this year, and a good chunk of that will be spent on costumes.

Don’t be fooled: Halloween isn’t just for kids. In fact, more money is expected to be spent on adult costumes this year than on costumes for children.

The trade group estimates there will 6 million adults dressing as a witch, and 3.2 million dressing as a vampire. Trailing those costume choices are the traditional fare: pirates, super heroes, and zombies. Yet costume retailers also see some other trends creeping into Halloween fare this year.

Among them is a growing preference for humorous costumes. Some of these are based on popular television shows or newsworthy public figures.

“Choosing a costume is one of the most entertaining parts of Halloween,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. So choose wisely.

Click ahead to see some of the trendiest Halloween costumes this year.

By Christina Cheddar Berk
Posted 27 Sept 2012

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