Halloween

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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?

  • Willow: It's too bad we can't sneak a look at the Watcher Diaries and read up on Angel. I'm sure it's full of fun facts to know and tell. Buffy: Yeah. It's too bad. That stuff is private. Willow: Also, Giles keeps them in his office. In his personal files. Buffy: Most importantly, it would be wrong.

  • Giles: I'll have you know that I have very, um, many relaxing hobbies. Buffy: Such as? Giles: Well, um... I enjoy cross referencing. Buffy: Do you stuff your own shirts or do you send em out?

  • Xander: Halloween, quiet? Wow, I figured it would be a big old vamp scare-a-palooza. Buffy: Not according to Giles. He swears that tomorrow night is like dead for the undead. They stay in. Xander: Those wacky vampires, that's why I love em. They just keep ya guessing!

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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.

  • Although never said on the show, the Sunnydale High Yearbook revealed that Larry's last name is Blaisdale.

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.

  • Nitpick: When Buffy and Willow are in the bathroom looking at the diary, Buffy says that it doesn't have a name for the girl whose image is drawn there. If you look carefully, however, the caption reads, "Sarah Goodbrink."

  • Nitpick: In the scene where Oz sees Willow crossing the street in her Halloween costume, he is driving a different van from what we have seen and will see in future episodes. It is left-hand drive and is a different color.

  • Goof: Just like in "Inca Mummy Girl", Buffy's front door opens on the opposite side of normal - it can be seen when Xander lets Cordelia in.

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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.

  • Cordelia: I was just attacked by JoJo, the dog faced boy. A reference to the side-show freak from the early 1900s.

  • Willow: She couldn't have dressed up like Xena.
    Unlike Buffy's choice of helpless, 18th century noble woman, Xena (played by Lucy Lawless) is a strong fighter. She first appeared in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and then got her own television series, Xena: Warrior Princess. Xena and Buffy are often compared as strong female characters. Also, in the closest crossover that these two shows could ever have, the producers of Xena were so touched by the reference that in a later episode Xena mentions a play called 'Buffus, the Bacchae Slayer'.

  • Ethan: I feel quite moved to make you a deal you can't refuse.
    Reminiscent of the line from The Godfather "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." In the movie, the line carries with it an implied threat. Though it's not clear at the time, Ethan's offer actually proves threatening to Buffy.

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