As the year 2011 winds down, leaving behind memories of a number of events that made it a distinctly remarkable one, we consider one of those events; an occasion that called for celebration and festive cheer and one that saw its most enthusiastic response in nearly a decade.

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2011 in Review: Top 10 Halloween Costumes of the Year

According to the U.S.'s National Retail Federation (NRF), approximately 160 million people celebrated Halloween this year, making it the highest count in the nine years since the organization began its surveys. The data gathered also indicates that the extent of festivities and celebrations grew 63.8 percent this year, compared to the last, and Americans probably spent $2.5 billion on costumes in 2011.

Also according to a survey by BIGresearch, 2011's most popular costumes for adults were - a witch, a pirate, a vampire, a zombie, Batman, a cat, a vixen, a ghost, a nurse and a generic scary costume or mask.

Check out the photographs for a recap of some of the best costumes of 2011.