Buffy The Vampire Slayer was one of those television shows where pretty much every episode in its 7 season run could be shown on Halloween, but there were a handful of Halloween-specific episodes that were extra fun (like the one that I wrote about last year).
Taking place in the fourth season of the show, “Fear Itself” finds the now college-age Scoobie Gang taking part in a Halloween party being put on by the Alpha-Delta house. Buffy’s kind of in the dumps due to a prior relationship gone sour, and this is just the thing to take her mind off of…things. Thing is, to bring an air of authenticity to the decorations, one of the frat guys copies an occult symbol from an old dusty tome that they should probably not have opened in the first place. Next thing you know, everyone in the house is beginning to experience their deepest, darkest insecurities and fears manifesting as real things. Seems someone inadvertently summoned a fear demon. Hate when that happens.
Of all the Halloween episodes, “Fear Itself” is my favorite of the bunch. Having the Scoobie Gang face their fears head-on brought about a bit more depth to an already fleshed out cast of characters. The mix of drama, terror, and humor is perfectly balanced, and the ending is just flat out awesome, if you’re a fan of dry British ironic humor.
Even if you’re not a fan of the show, you should really check this episode out anyway. You can do so here, if you were so inclined.