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)
Abigail Gershman ...


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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Willow discusses Xena. Writer Carl Ellsworth will later go on to write several episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995). See more »


When Xander opens the door he opens it from left to right (assuming the hinges are on the right hand side). You can later see Buffy do the same. All other times in the show the Summer's front door has opened right to left (hinges on the left). See more »


Drusilla: You know what I miss? Leeches.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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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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