Thursday Afternoon Focus: The history of Halloween

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Illuminated jack o’ lanterns are seen at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Some 5,000 carved pumpkins are on display for this year’s Jack-o’-lantern Spectacular, one of the nation’s largest jack-o’-lantern shows. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Thursday Afternoon Focus brings you an in-depth look into stories, and issues from different points of view. This week we look into the true origins of Halloween.

Full Interview: Jack Santino

Folklorist Jack Santino explains the origins of the holiday celebrating the thresholds of life, death, good and evil.

Full Interview: Katherine Cullen

Katherine Cullen, Senior Director of Retail and Customer Insights at the National Retail Federation explains how Halloween has become a huge economic boost for the United States.

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