On Halloween, Buffy and her friends patronize an unusual costume shop where customers turn into whatever costume they are wearing.



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Episode credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
Girl / Gennie
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It turns out that Halloween is the one night of the year when vampires actually lay low, so everybody is getting their costumes from the new store in town, Ethan's Costume Shop. Buffy wears a noble woman's dress from the time when Angel was human, Xander dresses up like a soldier, and Willow chickens out on dressing like a hooker and goes as a ghost. But Ethan Rayne, the shop owner, has invoked the Roman god Janus so everybody becomes their costume. That means all the kids in the neighborhood are now monsters and Buffy thinks she is an 18th-century maiden who faints at the sight of demons and vampires. Written by DRBERNABO256

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27 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Writer Carl Ellsworth was fired by Joss Whedon immediately after completing the script for this episode. See more »


Vampires cast no reflection. Since video cameras use mirrors as part of their focusing method, vampires would not show up on videotape. See more »


Willow Rosenberg: [about trick-or-treat volunteers] Snyder must be in charge of the volunteer safety program for Halloween this year.
Xander Harris: [as Snyder 'pulls' kids to the table] Note his interesting take on the volunteer concept.
Buffy Summers: What's the deal?
[as they reach their lockers]
Xander Harris: Oh, a bunch of little kids need people to take them trick-or- treating. Sign up and get your own pack of sugar-hyped little runts for the night.
Buffy Summers: Yikes! I'll stick to vampires.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence (1998) See more »


Performed by Epperley
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Willow's costume
2 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just watching this episode, and have read reviews about it. The mystery of who Willow is dressed as I think is solved easily if you know your 90s TV shows (I had little to do in the 90s). There's even a clue in something Willow says.

My best guess would be she's dressed as Gabrielle from Xena: The Warrior Princess, one of my favourite heroines from the past few decades..

On a side note, this episode is not my favourite episode, but there are a lot worse around. Buffy'The storyline, whilst not overly critical to the series was the first hint that Giles had some sort of secret life beyond his books.

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