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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Release Date:

27 October 1997 (USA)  »

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First appearance of Larry Blaisdell. See more »


Willow should not be able to touch anything but when she leaves Giles at the costume shop she touches the curtain and it moves. See more »


Willow Rosenberg: She couldn't have dressed up like Xena?
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References The Care Bears Family (1985) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Utterly fantastic
14 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews


The Good; Pretty much everything, great ep, love the alternate Scoobies, the Xena ref, the first appearance of Ethan and Ripper, the fight in the pumpkin stall at the beginning, Dru and Spike back, Oz, Larry, Cordy in her pussycat costume, Willow getting 'Sexy and Wild' (love her strutting at the end, do you think she got any offers?) the list goes on. Buffy unknowingly impersonating Darla and fainting (but at least she doesn't get tied up) and clinging onto Cordy's arm

The Bad; Open to suggestions?

Best line; Hard to pick but I'd say; Willow "She couldn't have gone as Xena? Just pipping Giles' "The ghost of what exactly?" upon seeing Will's streetwalker outfit and "You went mental when?" from Cordy

Questions and observations: Willow appears to be a Xena fan. Hmmmmm? Callings Captain Subtext! Of course Xena started a couple of years before Buff and without it I don't think we'd have had Buffy. In one ep they refer to the play 'Buffus the Bachae Slayer'. You could say that Spike's fascination with Buffy is evident in his watching the video of her fighting. Love Willow walking through the wall and people's reaction to it. The long tracking shot of Xander transforming into Rambo. Where are Joyce and Dawn during all of this? Either he reloads offscreen or Xander's rifle has a limitless magazine. Another hint of attraction between Cordy and soldier Xander. Angel wears a blue shirt which is OK but not really him. The Summers house get's trashed for the first time. How does the vamp Angel fights in the kitchen get in without being invited? First appearance of SDH's famous soda machine. Buffy get's sexually assaulted AGAIN, mauled by Pirate Larry (who really musn't be himself considering what we learn later). We discover that Cordy doesn't know Angel is a vamp. Xander tells Cordy she'll never get between Buffy and Angel, well almost. Giles tortures Ethan for info, the Scoobies really seem to have a knack for it. Reputedly Joss fired the writer of this ep afterwards, don't know why he did a good job? (and goes on to write for Xena)

10/10 afters a couple of false starts season 2 firing on all cylinders

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