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 cast overview:
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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At the end of the episode, Ethan leaves a note for Giles that says "Be Seeing You". This is a tribute to the cult series, The Prisoner (1967) where that phrase was used as a typical farewell. See more »


During the opening fight sequence when Buffy stabs the vampire with the sign post, she misses his heart by a noticeable margin. It has previously been stated that the stake needs to pierce the heart to attain the kill. Thus, the vampire should only have been wounded and Buffy would have needed to stab him again. See more »


Buffy Summers: Tada. Just little old 20th-century me.
Angel: Sure you're okay?
Buffy Summers: I'll live.
Angel: I don't get it, Buffy. Why'd you think I'd like you better dressed that way?
Buffy Summers: I just wanted to be a real girl for once. The kind of fancy girl you liked when you were my age.
Angel: Oh, ho.
Buffy Summers: What?
Angel: I hated the girls back then, especially the noble women.
Buffy Summers: You did?
Angel: They were just incredibly dull. Simpering morons, the lot of them. I always wished I could meet someone... exciting. Interesting.
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References The Prisoner (1967) See more »


Performed by Epperley
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About the vampire-in-the-kitchen
22 June 2010 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is not as much a review as it is a theory.

Many haven complaint/noticed that halfway through this episode a vampire enters the Summers' residence without being invited.

I have two theories that might explain this: say he was a guy dressed as a vampire, and he was at some point in Buffy's life invited to her house (to study for instance) Then now, he would be able to enter the house, since he had been invited at some point.

The other theory is less logical, but it's a nice thought: It's widely know that, in the series at least, when a person dies, or does not live in a house anymore, vampires can enter the house without having to follow the invite-rule.

Now, what if Joyce left the house for Halloween, dressed in some kind of costume, then she would have turned into the costume. This would make her someone else, and therefor, the house would belong to nobody, and the vampire would be able to enter.

That's the two theories I came up with.

About the Episode: I like this episode, it's very funny. The first time I saw it, I completely loved it, but it doesn't hold up after a few screenings. Now, I still think it's a good episode, but it could have been more...

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