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.
Did You Know?
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
A vampire enters the Summers home after Angel by simply walking in the house, yet vampires must be invited into a home before they can enter. The "vampire" in this case is not an actual vampire, however, but merely another high school student who has transformed into the monster he was dressed as for Halloween. We see him as a human earlier in the episode, escorting a group of children while trick-or-treating. Presumably, the laws which prevent real vampires from entering a house uninvited do not apply in this case. See more
Alright, let's-let's-let's review. Um, so everybody became whatever they were masquerading as.
Right. Xander was a soldier and Buffy was an eighteenth-century girl.
[staring at her rocker babe outfit
And-and your-your costume?
I'm a ghost.
Yes. Um, a-a - the ghost of what, exactly?
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