10 Best ‘Buffy’ Episodes to Watch this Halloween
Halloween season is in full swing and my favorite show to watch during October is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy has provided us with plenty of creepy creatures, spooky spirits, and vicious vampires but here I give you my opinion on the 10 best Buffy episodes to watch during the Halloween season.
10. Conversations with Dead People (7×07)
Conversations with Dead People really freaked me out when I first saw it. The gang is being stalked by The First, a non-physical entity of evil that they don’t know or understand. Dawn experiences poltergeist activity while home alone and believes her mother’s spirit is being harassed by a malevolent ghost. Willow is visited by the ghost of a dead girl, only to discover she was The First in disguise. The eminent doom of Season 7′s villain and the uber-scary spirit activity makes this a great Buffy episode for the Halloween season.
9. I Only Have Eyes For You (2×19)
You can’t have Halloween without a good haunting story and I Only Have Eyes For You brings us just that. During Sunnydale’s Sadie Hawkin’s Dance the school is haunted by decades-old ghosts; a teacher and student who had an affair which ended tragically. The group splits up to exorcise the school and get attacked by all manner of things, including snakes and a possessed Angel. I Only Have Eyes for You gives us a haunted house tale in a way only Buffy could.
8. Some Assembly Required (2×02)
Frankenstein’s monster is one of the most iconic figures for Halloween time. Buffy’s answer to this is the episode Some Assembly Required which features a dead Sunnydale student brought back to life a la Frankenstein. He then forces his brother to make him a girlfriend (similar to Frankenstein’s Bride) and of course they choose Cordelia to donate a head. This is another episode that’s great for the Halloween season because of it’s homage to Mary Shelley’s classic story and its spinoffs.
7. Killed By Death (2×18)
Killed by Death is an especially creepy Buffy episode. Buffy is hospitalized after she comes down with a severe case of the flu and finds out that there is an invisible force killing children in the hospital. Despite being extremely ill, Buffy must convince the others that there really is something not right going on and defeat Der Kindestod. This is a great episode to watch around Halloween because it’s one of the creepiest episodes all around: it takes place in a hospital, features dead children, and is one of the scariest villains in Buffy history.
6. Dead Man’s Party (3×02)
You can’t have Halloween without zombies and Dead Man’s Party is Buffy’s quintessential zombie episode. Joyce’s Nigerian museum artifact turns out to be a magical zombie-creating machine. The zombies attack during Buffy’s welcome-home party and the gang must survive not only the undead, but their own issues as well. Dead Man’s Party combines two things perfect for Halloween: Buffy and zombies, and therefore is a must-watch.
5. All the Way (6×06)
All the Way is Buffy’s third and final Halloween episode and the only one featuring Dawn. In this one, Dawn inadvertently hangs out with a bunch of handsome vampires who try to turn her. Other plots of the episode include Willow and Tara arguing over magic and Xander and Anya discussing their recent engagement. This episode isn’t nearly as Halloween-y as the others but it’s still a good watch for the season.
4. Buffy vs. Dracula (5×01)
Dracula is the quintessential Halloween character and Buffy gives us an episode featuring him that is not only hilarious, but offers some epic throwbacks to the classic Gothic tale. Whether you’ve read the original novel or not, you’ll get a kick out of Dracula turning Xander into his Redfield and Giles encountering his three brides. Another fun thing about this episode is the way they use Spike’s character. Buffy vs. Dracula is a great way to get some more Halloween spirit into your Buffy viewing.
3. Hush (4×10)
Hush is perhaps the most famous episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Gentleman come to town and steal everyone’s voices so they can cut out people’s hearts in the middle of the night. Besides The Gentleman being the scariest villains in Buffy history, the episode is even creepier because of its silence. Joss Whedon created a horror masterpiece in Hush and it’s perfect for the Halloween season.
2. Fear, Itself (4×04)
Fear, Itself is Buffy’s second Halloween episode. The gang attends a frat party at Sunnydale University that goes from fun fake haunted house to real-live house of horrors. This one is a bit more heavy than Season 2′s episode, dealing with some of the underlying tension between Buffy and the others, but it is equally Halloween-themed. My favorite part of this episode is when Giles comes to the rescue with a chainsaw. You don’t get much better than that.
1. Halloween (2×06)
Halloween is of my favorite Buffy episodes of all time. The show’s first Halloween episode, it brings us the characters we loved turned upside down when a spell by the despicable Ethan Rayne turns everyone into their costumes. Xander becomes a soldier, Willow turns into a ghost, and Buffy goes from kick-ass slayer to helpless damsel in distress. Not to mention all of the children in Sunnydale dressed as monsters turn into actual monsters and team up with Spike to hunt down the gang. Halloween is an extremely fun episode that perfectly embodies the tone of the holiday.