Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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On Halloween, Buffy and her friends patronize an unusual costume shop where customers turn into whatever costume they are wearing.


Bruce Seth Green


Joss Whedon (created by), Carl Ellsworth | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Seth Green ... Oz
James Marsters ... Spike
Robin Sachs ... Ethan Rayne
Juliet Landau ... Drusilla
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder
Larry Bagby ... Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
Abigail Gershman 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 in a sexy outfit 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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English | Latin

Release Date:

27 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Spike attacks Buffy, it has a resemblance to a rape, foreshadowing their future bestial sexual relationship in Season Six. 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. See more »


[first lines]
Cordelia Chase: I know. Is the Bronze so not happening, or what?
Angel: Oh... Hi.
Cordelia Chase: Hi.
Angel: I'm waiting for Buffy.
Cordelia Chase: Great. I'm supposed to be meeting Devon, but he's nowhere to be seen. It's like he thinks being in a band gives him an obligation to flake. Well, his loss is your incredible gain.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XVI (2005) See more »


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