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

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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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Trivia

The Bronze may be the only club in Sunnydale, but a place called the Shelter Club is close enough for Dingoes Ate My Baby to have a gig. See more »

Goofs

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

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Ethan Rayne: What? No hug? Aren't you pleased to see your old mate, Rupert?
Giles: I'm just surprised I didn't guess it was you. This Halloween stunt stinks of Ethan Rayne.
Ethan Rayne: [proudly] Yes, it does doesn't it? Don't wish to blow my own trumpet, but it's genius. The very embodiment of "Be careful what you wish for."
Giles: It's sick, brutal, and it harms the innocent.
Ethan Rayne: [sizing him up] Oh, and we all know that you are the champion of innocents and all things pure and good, Rupert. It's quite a little act you've got going here, ...
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence (1998) See more »

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How She Died
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One of my favourite episodes of the show
28 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think this may have been my original favourite episode of the show at the time I got to it. What I mean by that is, as I began watching the show chronologically (from start to finish) this episode was the one I liked most before I got any further in the show, before I watched past season 2 episode 6. It has an amazing story - so creative, interesting, and well done. It also has great dialogue. I particularly love that Cordelia gets her Halloween costume from a different store, and how Xander becomes a militant soldier. I've seen the episode 5 times to date and it never gets old.


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