By Amy Ryan
Updated October 29, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Forbes‘ annual package on the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities is especially macabre this year. No surprise that the two deceased celebs who earned the most money this year were Elvis Presley with $52 million (love that Elvis Jack-o-lantern that appears on the first page), followed by Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz with $33 million. But popping up already at No. 3 is Heath Ledger (pictured), whose share of the worldwide billion-dollar Bat-box office, plus his fee for the upcoming Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, is estimated by Forbes to be about $20 million. Paul Newman made the list, too, at No. 11 with $5 million (from movie and TV residuals and Newman’s Own food sales). I can’t ever remember an incarnation of this Forbes list that rushed so quickly to incorporate such recently deceased stars.

Also here, you’ll find a feature on haunted Hollywood (a ghost-spotter’s guide to spooky sites in L.A.) and one that tells investors and collectors of the killing to be made in the dead-celeb body parts market. Ewww. Happy Halloween, everyone.

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