Hot Halloween costumes for 2011

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The undead have unseated vampires this Halloween season.

You can BE scary this year without striking terror in your wallet. I’m Janet Stauble with your Personal Finance Minute.

Consumers plan to spend a little more to celebrate Halloween this year — more than $70 on average. Retailers say zombies will be the leading theme this Halloween.

Popular TV shows like “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” will also inspire many costumes.

This holiday won’t be without its celebrity sightings. Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry will be making their appearances.

You’ll be sure to see Halloween stables like convicts, doctors, firefighters, superheroes and princesses.

Ladies can achieve a flirty look but still be on the dark side by going as the “Black Swan.” A fully embellished costume with a corset, tutu, red lace and feathers costs almost $700. A plainer version is also available for about $200.

Don’t have that kind of cash? Throw on a minidress and makeup to be a zombie housewife. Or dig out that old naughty nurse costume and give it a zombie twist.

And if you notice more pumpkins, devils, hot dogs and bees walking your street, they’re probably just your neighbors’ furry friends.

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