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 complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
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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 »


When Buffy slams Larry into the soda machine, a Diet Dr. Pepper comes out. But that isn't one of the choices listed, the machine only showed that regular Dr. Pepper was available. See more »


Cordelia: Are you guys playing tonight?
Oz: Yeah, at the shelter club.
Cordelia: Is mister I'm-the-lead-singer-I'm-so-great-I-don't-have-to-show-up-for-my-date-or-even-call gonna be there?
Oz: Yeah, you know, he's just going by 'Devon' now.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One Where Everyone Turns Into Their Costumes...
28 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode and it is one of my all time favorite Buffy The Vampire Slayer episodes. I love it so much. The idea is just so interesting and creative. Who thought of everyone turning into their Halloween costumes? It's just so good.

In this episode, it's Halloween in Sunnydale and everyone is pretty excited. Expect for Xander, Buffy and Willow who are being forced into doing the high school Halloween thing. I don't know what to actually call it. They have to take little kids trick-or-treating. Which is really unfair. Why should they have to spend their free time doing this kind of stuff when they haven't signed up for it. Principle Snyder has no right to make them do this. Anyway, enough of my rant. Everyone has chosen their costumes. Xander is going as an army soldier. Buffy is going as a 18th Century girl, to impress Angel. Willow was going to go as a sexy girl, but got too nervous and is going as a ghost. And Cordelia is going as a cat. Whilst out trick-or-treating, Ethan Rayne performs a spell that turns everyone into their costumes. Buffy doesn't remember anything about her life, and is confused by all of the current technology, like cars. Xander doesn't remember anything about his life and becomes a real army soldier with a real gun. And Willow turns into a real see-through ghost. She can even walk through walls. Since she is the only one who remembers her real life, she goes to get help from Giles. Spike thinks this is the perfect opportunity to kill Buffy, since she doesn't remember vampires or any of her fighting skills. One more thing is strange though, Cordelia didn't turn into a real cat. We find out that this is because she got her costume at a different store than everyone else. Everyone who has changed got their costumes from Ethan Rayne's store. Willow and Giles find Ethan and force him to reverse the spell. And just when Spike was about to kill Buffy, real Buffy comes back and beats the crap out of him.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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