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An unidentified zombie is pictured June 26, 2010, during the first zombie walk in Willmar. Zombies have become the rage of late with recent books, television shows and video games featuring the walking dead. Zombie costumes jumped from No. 22 last year to No. 9 this year on the children's top costume list and from No. 7 to No. 4 on the adult list. Tribune photo by Ron?Adams

Seven in 10 Americans plan to celebrate Halloween; demand for walking dead costumes skyrockets

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Seven in 10 Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to a survey commissioned by the National Retail Federation. The survey conducted by BIGresearch found that 68.6 percent of those questioned have plans to celebrate Halloween, up from 63.8 percent last year and the most in the federation's nine-year survey history.

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