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10/28/2014 01:15 pm ET Updated Oct 28, 2014

The Forgotten History Of Halloween

Whether you're finding the perfect costume for yourself, dressing up your dog or testing your tolerance for fear at a terrifying haunted house, Halloween traditions make the month of October a thrill. But the spooky holiday's origins go back much further than you may realize.

What is a "soul cake"? What about "guising"? How did families of yore ensure ghosts and ghouls would not visit their homes? Find out in the video above, in which HuffPost Live's Christian Nilsson digs deep to uncover the earliest traces of what we now know as Halloween.

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