American Horror Story

Season 1 Episode 4

Halloween (1)

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 26, 2011 on FX
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Episode Summary

The spirits of the Murder House become ever stronger, blurring the line between life and death. Meanwhile, the house's former residents offer some tips on decorating for Halloween to the Harmons.

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  • The best episode in the series.

    (SPOLIERS) Addie dies, Moira somehow visits (and kills) her mother, and Constance confides in Violet. Tate turns out to be Constance's son.
  • Moira

    How Moira can visit her mother if she can't leave the house?!
  • The mythology is raising the bar right now

    I think the biggest hurdle this show has to overcome relates to the Harmon's and the fact that they're still living in that goddamn house! I may be stupid for seeking some realism in a show about gay ghosts and Frankenstein babies, but it's so ridiculously silly that this family is still sticking around despite being assaulted and weirded out by literally everyone that stumbles into their lives every week. Characters exhibiting irrational and clueless behavior is a trope of the horror genre, but it sure is making the family at the center of this show so easy to point and laugh at.

    Once again, it's the mythology that's raising the bar. At first I was only annoyed by the on-the-nose hyper-sexuality of Pat and Chad ('power-bottoms', 'twinks' -- nobody talks like that, show); but Zachary Quinto eventually managed to stumble into something quietly moving. Like Vivien, he's trapped in a marriage that's slowly decomposing, married to a man who can't go a day without boning somebody else. Quinto also struck that perfect tone where he seems aware of how campy and nuts this show is, something that Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott should probably look into.

    I'm pretty bummed about Addie's death. Her story this week could have easily spiraled into crass and offensive territory, but I ended up liking her desire to just be considered beautiful for one night of the year. Sure, Constance made her wear a big latex rubber mask to achieve that, but it was a story that finally reflected how close the two of them are. Constance sends a lot of animosity and bitterness her way, but she really does love her. There was something so sad about Constance dragging Adelaide's body closer to the house (presumably to keep her spirit alive as a ghost?).

    The most affecting moment, just like last week, came from Frances Conroy's Moira. While Jessica Lange is all about the campiness, Conroy is delivering the show's only truly moving performance, and it's Moira that is quickly becoming the heart of the show. The scene with her mother was beautifully performed, and I loved how the story utilized the whole 'dead will walk the earth' angle. It's another example of the schizophrenia in the Ryan Murphy wheelhouse, but so far I'm not finding the radical swings in tone too jarring. Based on Glee and Popular, that'll probably hit sometime in season two. But for now, American Horror Story is entirely winning me over. A-


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  • Halloween (1)

    Halloween (1) was a perfect episode of American Horror Story and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development. This episode showed just how dark this series can get as well as frightening. That pretty girl mask is scary and I'm sure we haven't seen the last of it. The story about Frankenbabies in the basement was definitely scary. I think this show definitely ranks up in the top for creepiness factor and I love it, being on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what will happen next. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

Chad Warwick

Guest Star

Teddy Sears

Teddy Sears


Guest Star

Missy Doty

Missy Doty

Angela/Ultrasound Tech

Guest Star

Frances Conroy

Frances Conroy

Moira O'Hara

Recurring Role

Lily Rabe

Lily Rabe

Nora Montgomery

Recurring Role

Matt Ross

Matt Ross

Dr. Charles Montgomery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Chad: And pick me up some Gala apples. I thought these Golden Delicious would look dramatic in the bobbing bucket. They just look dull and depressing. There's no contrast.

    • Chad: I am trying here! I am trying to make this place warm and inviting and spectacular and have this Halloween party shot by Elle friggin Decor so someone will see it and sweep in and take this place off our hands, and then i can feel free to fall in love with a 25-year-old who has great biceps. So get off my back, carve a goddamn pumpkin, go get a goddamn costume, and man up.

    • Vivien: We have style.
      Marcy: Everybody thinks they have style, and everybody thinks they're funny. Most people aren't.

    • Chad: I think you should just leave.
      Vivien: You think we should just leave our house?
      Chad: It's not your house. We know it, you know it, and the house knows it. Frankly, you don't deserve it.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Patrick: Have another drink, dear. Crafting brings out his inner George and Martha.
      Referencing the lead roles in Edward Albee's play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The characters, George and Martha, drink too much and make their guests uncomfortable. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was made into a film in 1966.

    • Chad: But never fear, Count Chocula's here.
      Referencing Count Chocula cereal by General Mills, and the cereal's mascot. Originally voiced by Larry Kenney, Chocula is a brown-tinged vampire who hawks the virtues of his chocolate-flavored sugar cereal and marshmallow bits, and competes with Franken Berry and Bo Berry to get kids to eat his cereal instead of the others.