On Halloween, Buffy and her friends find themselves trapped inside a haunted frat house complete with real bats, zombies, and a terrifying demon.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Marc Rose ...
Masked Teen
Edward (as Walter Emanuel Jones)


In the Halloween night, Buffy is very depressed due to her non-corresponded feelings for Parker, and Willow, Oz and Xander convince her to go to a famous Halloween party in a fraternity with them to have some fun. Anya is also invited by Xander to join the group. However, while decorating the place previously, one of the hosts paints a magic symbol, the Mark of Gachnar, on the floor, and an accidentally spilled drop of Oz's blood awakens the Fear Demon Gachnar who is fed by fear, bringing panic and horror to life on the house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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26 October 1999 (USA)  »

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The title reference comes from the First Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear... is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror..." See more »


The book Giles is reading is written in Gaelic and he must translate it. At the end he hands the open book to Buffy. The book is written in English. See more »


Anya: You haven't called. Not once.
Xander: You said you were over me.
Anya: And you just accepted that? I only said that because I thought that's what you wanted to hear.
Xander: That's the funny thing about me, I tend to hear the actual words people say and accept them at face value.
Anya: That's stupid.
Xander: I accept that.
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Featured in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #14.17 (2008) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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One of the best BtVS episodes
12 May 2008 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect of this episode. Well as most of the names of Buffy episodes you don't know what to expect. But what I saw was beyond of what I had thought it would be like.

Humour, Horror and Happening aren't they the greatest combination for an episode? Fear, itself contains more of it.

I haven't laughed so much - because of a Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode! But as well as I laughed I was a bit scared (though I am not so easy frightened).

For me this is one of the greatest BtVS shows. But talking about best BtVS episode - every episode has one emotion. The emotions that Becoming Part 2 gave me and many others are incomparable with this one.

Anyway, this is a episode that MUST be watched!

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