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Hot Halloween costumes for 2010

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What will the best-dressed ghouls and goblins be wearing this Halloween? Think big hair, spray tans and sequins.

Spirit Halloween, a seasonal Halloween retailer with 850 stores across the country, predicts that Lady Gaga and the cast of "Jersey Shore" will be partying with you this year.

"Everybody's going nuts about Lady Gaga," says Sushma Dwivedi with Spirit Halloween.

(Don't worry though, Lady Gaga costumes aren't made from raw meat.)

The National Retail Federation's 2010 Top Costumes Survey found that 120 million adults, kids and pets will be in costume this year.

And even though the economy is still sputtering along, people aren't afraid to spend money on Halloween.

"Our feeling on Halloween, and it's pretty concurrent with the NRF, is that people will be spending money," says Dwivedi. "This is one of those occasions people still celebrate, even in a bad year."

The NRF actually found that people are spending a little more than they did last year. According to the 2010 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, they'll be spending an average of $66.28 on costumes, candy and decorations, versus $56.31 last year.

But budgets aren't being thrown out the window. Carrie Sheerin, vice president for, says that for the past couple of years, fewer people have been buying costume accessories.

And fewer people are planning ahead for Halloween. "It's more of a last-minute holiday," says Sheerin.

But it isn't too late to get a spooktacular costume for this year. Click ahead to find out the most popular costumes for men, women, kids and pets this year.




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