Halloween 2011: The 10 Spookiest Cities in America

Last Updated Oct 19, 2011 10:08 AM EDT

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We love Halloween in the U.S. â€" it's the second biggest holiday in terms of retail sales behind Christmas. That says a lot, considering there are no gifts required. Halloween spending is expected to reach more than $5 billion this year despite the difficult economy, with that money going towards everything from candy and costumes to pumpkins and hayrides.

With this beloved holiday right around the corner, it's only fitting that we visit this year's Top 10 Spookiest Cities in America, courtesy Realtor.com. There are a few repeats from last year's list, and plenty of newcomers, all guaranteed to scare you silly this Halloween.

Is your hometown on this list?

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