Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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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:
... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Willow Rosenberg
... Cordelia Chase
... Angel
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... Daniel Osbourne
... Spike
... Ethan Rayne
... Drusilla
... Principal Snyder
... Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
Abigail Gershman ... Girl


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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1.33 : 1
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Principal Synder states that children must be back by 18:00. Yet the Sunnydale area is shown as being completely dark when all of the children are still trick or treating. The earliest that sun sets in California on Halloween is 17:55, meaning it would not be even slightly dark whilst the children were still out. See more »


The role of the Roman god Janus is somewhat distorted here. He was the god of transitions; his name is related to 'janitor' (which originally meant a doorman) and 'January' (the gate between years). His two faces look to the past and the future. A more appropriate deity would have been Eris, the goddess of chaos, of which Ethan calls himself the "faithful, degenerate son." Janus was likely used because of his depiction as having two faces, an idea which fits clearly with the theme of the episode. 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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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence (1998) See more »


Performed by Epperley
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One of my favourite episodes of the show
28 July 2017 | by 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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