Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Halloween

Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 10/27/97
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  • Episode Description
  • On Halloween Buffy, Willow and Xander are "volunteered" by Principal Snyder to take groups of kids trick-or-treating. Buffy seizes the opportunity to impress Angel by dressing as a woman from the time when he was human. When most of the kids in Sunnydale magically become whatever they were dressed as, it is up to soldier-Xander and ghost-Willow to find a way to break the spell and defend Buffy, who is now a weak and frail 18th century noblewoman.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • David Boreanaz

    Angel

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Fan Reviews (40)
  • Here we have humor and action deftly woven together to create an absolutely wonderful episode.

    By tarafan2, Jun 12, 2013

  • Halloween

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • Classic Buffy

    By joxerlives, Jan 16, 2012

  • Halloween

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 12, 2010

  • Season 2, Episode 6.

    By Wanted23, Apr 16, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (29)

    • Angel: I thought we had... Buffy: A date. So did I. But who am I kidding? Dates are things normal girls have. Girls who have time to think about nail polish and facials. You know what I think about? Ambush tactics. Beheading. Not exactly the stuff dreams are made of.

    • Angel: I hated the girls back then. Especially the noble women. Buffy: You did? Angel: They were just incredibly dull. Simpering morons, the lot of them. I always wished I could meet someone... exciting. Interesting.

    • Willow: (After everyone turns into their Halloween costumes, Buffy, now a defenseless noblewoman, faints when seeing monsters) Buffy, are you all right?
      Buffy: What?
      Xander: Are you hurt?
      Willow: Buffy, are you hurt?
      Buffy: Buffy?
      Willow: (to Xander) She's not Buffy.
      Xander: Who's Buffy?
      Willow: (to herself) Oh, this is fun.

    • Willow: How was your date last night? Buffy: Misfire. I was late due to unscheduled slayage. Showed up looking trashed. Willow: Was he mad? Buffy: Actually he was pretty unmad. Which probably had something to do with the fact that Cordelia was drooling in his cappuccino. Willow: Oh, Buffy. Angel would never fall for her act. Buffy: You mean that "actually showing up, wearing a stunning outfit, embracing personal hygiene" act?

    • Oz: (Sees Willow walking) Who is that girl?

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    Notes (6)

    • Featured Music: At the beginning of the episode, while Angel and Cordelia are talking -- "Shy" by Epperley. While Willow is walking home -- "How She Died" by Treble Charger.

    • Ethan mentions Giles' nickname 'Ripper.' At one point, there were plans for a spin-off by this name, centering on Giles and his past. Unfortunately, the plans were scrapped when a deal could not be reached.

    • Oz is driving a Zebra-styled painted van, with the steering wheel on the right.

    • This is the first time Giles's old nickname (Ripper) is used. It also introduces his shady past.

    • In this episode, we learn that the supernatural is supposed to lay low on Halloween.

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    Trivia (10)

    • When Ethan is invoking the power of Janus in Latin, this is what he actually says: Janus, I call forth your spirit. Hear my cause, seize the night for your purpose. Come, appear, and show to us that which is infinite power. The mask is transformed into flesh and blood. Your holy presence curdles the heart. Janus! Take the night!

    • The gun that Xander has after he changes is a M4A1, which is used by most U.S Navy S.E.A.L.s.

    • Goof: When Xander is trying to get a drink out of the vending machine, he first hits Dr. Pepper, then he hits Coke when the machine won't dispense a drink. When a drink finally comes out of the machine when Buffy "comes to his rescue" the can is actually a Diet Dr. Pepper, which oddly enough is not even an option on the vending machine.

    • Goof: When the kid wearing the red demon mask changes from a child to a demon (Willow's group), his face morphs into a demonic visage. But then the camera shot moves, and you can see the back of his head, where it is obvious that he hasn't changed into a demon yet.

    • Nitpick: Snyder said Buffy wouldn't need a flashlight (after she said she couldn't hold one due to carpal tunnel) because the trick or treating was from 4-6, but they were still trick-or-treating after dark.

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    Allusions (11)

    • Xander: Hey, Larry. You're looking cro-mag as usual. Xander was alluding to Cro-Magnon, the term for early European human ancestors with stout builds and larger skulls.

    • Buffy: Casper.
      Casper is a cartoon ghost known for being friendly.

    • Xander: (to Cordelia) Catwoman, you're with me.
      Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle, was one of Batman's nemeses in the comics, TV Show, cartoons, and in 1992's Batman Returns. She had a cat fetish and dressed in a skin tight leather clad outfit.

    • Ethan Rayne: Be Seeing You!
      This phrase (which Ethan leaves behind on a card for Giles) was a catchphrase of the 60's English show The Prisoner. It was a standard form of greeting, ironic since a) everyone was prisoners - it's not like they had much choice but to see each other, and b) the authorities kept everyone under constant surveillance. The phrase was later used by J. Michael Straczynski as a catchphrase for Psi-Cop Bester on Babylon 5.

    • Buffy: Honey, I'm home!
      "Honey, I'm home" is a famous phrase - mainly remembered from the cartoon The Flintstones.

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