This article is about the comic issue. For other uses, see Halloween.
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While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse continuity.

Halloween is the second issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. Written by Andi Watson and illustrated by Joe Bennett, it was originally published on October 28, 1998 by Dark Horse Comics.

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With the approach of Halloween, Sunnydale experiences an increase in vampire-related murders. The search for the perpetrators is called to a halt on All Hallow's Eve and Buffy looks forward to an uneventful night of trick or treating with her friends… but how uneventful will it stay? The killers are still on the loose and there was that one house that refused to answer the door…[1]

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Buffy and Willow are talking at their lockers about how Willow's parents want her to see Oz less using her B+ as a reason. Buffy comments she would be happy to get Willow's B+ and having Angel's attention would be good if it was not so frustrating to be close without touching. Shortly after, Buffy, Xander and Willow are sitting on the school stairs talking about tomorrow, which is Halloween. Since it is Halloween in Sunnydale they are trying to figure out what fun to have. But, Principal Snyder shows up and once again Buffy and the Scooby Gang are wrangled into taking around younger children in costume for Trick or Treat.

Giles and Buffy have a conversation in the Library about her duties and schedule. Giles wants Buffy to patrol that night rather than Halloween leaving Buffy wondering when she'll have time to study.

After school, Willow and her parents have another argument over Oz and she leaves the house angrily. Later, walking along a road after sunset, she is approached by a truck with four people in it that turn out to be vampires. They take Willow away with them.

Buffy wakes up Halloween morning to be told by her mom, Joyce, that Willow has been missing since the night before. She immediately gets together to Giles and Xander to figure out what to do. Oz joins them and after figuring out what her route to Oz's house and the Bronze might be, they all take to the streets to try and find evidence of what may have happened. Buffy comes upon Willow's bag and Giles finds tire marks that indicate a high-speed acceleration nearby. With no other clues, the Scoobies get ready for Trick or Treating determined to find clues of what has happened to Willow.

Buffy, dressed as Michael Myers, is managing well until one of her charges slips away. She finds him at the Spook House, that appears abandoned. The kids dare her to knock on the door, which she gives into as a way to get them to go home early. As she approaches the door, she notices a truck in the driveway — not an usual sight at an abandoned house. In the back of the truck, she spies Willow's shirt.

Rushing her charges home, Buffy quickly returns to the Spook House and breaks in to taking on the four vampires inside who are watching a movie and waiting to dine on several teenagers stored in the basement. The four vamps include one named Selke dressed in a strapless short gown and sporting a tight helmet of black hair with full red lips; a tall blonde female in skin tight leather pants and bustier only called Sweetie; a tall and lanky male vamp named Vezina; and Norris, a casually dressed vamp with round sunglasses and a crew cut. Taking them on, Buffy defeats them all and rescues the teens.

Later, Selke is seen bleeding in a cemetery, and Buffy and the Scooby Gang reunite at school the next day.

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  • Vezina, Hart, and Norris, staked by Buffy Summers.

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Production[edit | edit source]

  • The photo cover features a promotional picture taken for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2.
  • This issue quotes "If we hurry we can make the best of the remaining sunlight," the source for the trade paperback's title it was first collected.
  • The vampire gang watches a movie with actor Luke Perry, and Hart says: "That show blew it by letting him go." This is a reference to Perry being in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, and, like most of its cast, was absent from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series.
  • The streets in Sunnydale mentioned by Giles are named Carpenter, Warren, and Craven, which are surnames of the horror film directors John Carpenter, Norman J. Warren and Wes Craven.
  • Differently from other representations, at this point the comic issues had vampires also able to transform into green creatures with red eyes, pointy ears, a wide mouth, and long teeth. Although, this seems more like an artistic choice, not having direct consequence to the stories.

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  • Halloween was the 53rd best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 43,717 sales in October 1998 at comic specialty stores.[2]

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International titles[edit | edit source]

  • Russian: День Всех Святых (Хэллоуин) (All Saint's Day (Halloween))

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  2. "October 1998 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops". Comichron. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
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