|“||If it was it was an elaborate one. Over the next few days, then weeks, more and more citizens of Riverdale received copies of similar tapes, footage of their houses being watched from across the street, for hours upon hours. No messages were included with the videos, which somehow made the whole thing even more disturbing, so that by Halloween, the entire town was on edge. Who would get the next tape? What did they mean? Were they a warning? A test?||”|
HALLOWEEN IN RIVERDALE — When ominous videotapes begin appearing on doorsteps across Riverdale, widespread fear quickly returns to the town. At Stonewall Prep, Jughead learns about a series of mysterious disappearances that have occurred to former students at the school. Meanwhile, Archie’s plan to create a safe space for the town’s kids gets derailed when some unwanted visitors crash their Halloween party. Elsewhere, Veronica comes face to face with trouble, while Betty’s past comes back to haunt her. Lastly, a haunting at Thistlehouse rocks Cheryl and Toni to their core.
Charles, FP, Alice, Betty, and Jughead play the VHS tape that they recovered from the doorstep. It’s six hours of the Jones house being filmed. Charles suspects that it was done to unsettle them, but Jughead wonders why a video tape specifically. FP hopes that it’s just a prank. However, over the next few weeks, more and more citizens of Riverdale received copies of similar tapes, footage of their houses being taped, including Cheryl and Toni, Archie, Veronica, and Pop Tate.
The day before Halloween, FP discovers that the Muggs’ just got a tape as well. Alice intends to get an interview with them for tonight’s broadcast. That’s the benefit of her living with the town sheriff. She gets the scoop before any of the other news reporters. Since stopping the Farm, Alice and FP seem to have rekindled their romance. After a brief moment with Alice, FP asks Betty if Jughead’s still coming back for Halloween, which he is. She and Jughead plan to pass out candy and watch scary movies. Alice suggests that Betty invite Charles since he doesn’t know anyone else in town. Betty wonders why he hasn't left yet. He can't as he’s helping FP with a couple cases. Jellybean expresses her disdain for Jughead having left to attend Stonewall Prep. Betty can relate given that Polly’s away being deprogrammed at the Shady Grove facility.
While carving pumpkins at Thistlehouse, Toni tells Cheryl that it’s time to bury Jason after she’d been promising for weeks they would. Cheryl wants to postpone the burial until after Halloween, but Toni presses her into doing it today. Cheryl settles and agrees to bury Jason on the Blossom family plot on the grounds of Thornhill, though she warns Toni Jason won’t like this.
Jughead confronts Moose after finding a pamphlet for the Army. Moose is contemplating dropping out of high school and joining the Army. Jughead tells him that he can’t let Bret win by leaving, as that was his goal when exposing Moose. However, Moose expresses that’s easier said than do as he’s having to endure the other students calling him "Gargoyle boy."
Betty has a near panic attack at school after coming face-to-face with two students dressed as the Black Hood and Gargoyle King. However, they are stopped in their tracks by Mr. Honey who made it perfectly clear there would be no costumes on school property.
After a bothersome encounter with the Black Hood and Gargoyle King, Betty meets with Archie, Veronica, and Kevin in the student lounge. Betty admits that she’s on edge after her recent encounter and the tapes that are going around. Veronica too, especially after her father broke into the Pembrooke. Reggie joins the gang and asks if anyone wants to help him TP Mr. Honey’s office. Kevin surprisingly agrees to join Reggie after Honey have him a week’s detention for going to the bathroom without a hall pass. Munroe comes to inform Archie that Dodger and his crew are still pissed that they got beat up and they plan on terrorizing the town on Halloween night. Munroe and Archie worry that the kids in the neighborhood will get caught in the crossfire. Veronica suggests they host a Halloween party at the community center to keep the kids off the streets. As for costumes, they need not worry as one of Veronica’s friends in New York, Katy Keene, who goes to the school of the performing arts, is an amazing designer.
For the salon, Mr. Chipping tasks Jughead, Bret, Donna, Jonathan, and Joan with bringing in work from their favorite horror writers. Jughead brings in the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Bret scoffs, remarking there’s nothing scary about Lovecraft. He brought in the Raven. Bret's favorite Poe story is The Cask of the Amontillado. The story centers around a guy who is sealed behind a wall of bricks and is never seen or heard from again. Bret surmises this would be a horrible way to die. To just Vanish. Similar to the Stonewall Four, Joan remarks. Bret bets that Jughead can make it the Stonewall Five as they’re overdue for a vanishing.
After class, Jughead asks Mr. Chipping about the Stonewall Four. He explains that it’s about four students, all of whom went to the school, all of whom disappeared without a trace over a span of 30 years. However, by Mr. Chipping’s account, the Stonewall Four is an urban legend as the students actually dropped out.
Cheryl and Toni return to Thistlehouse after burying Jason. They find a doll sitting on the couch. Cheryl claims it’s the doing of Jason’s ghost who's mad about them burying him. Toni isn’t buying Cheryl’s story and throws the doll away.
Donna approaches Jughead and offers him some coffee as he does some research into the Stonewall Four. He’s searched through years of articles, and so far he hasn’t come up with anything about missing students. His next stop is the town’s newspaper office. However, he’s not going anywhere after being drugged by Donna. Within seconds, Jughead collapses to the ground and is surrounded by Donna, Bret, Joan, and Jonathan.
Halloween night, Veronica gifts Archie and Munroe their costumes designed by Katy Keene. Archie is Pureheart the Powerful and Munroe is a The Shield. Veronica stays behind to clean up the diner, but assures Archie she’ll meet him at the community center later.
As Jellybean carves out a pumpkin, she wonders why Betty isn’t in a costume. Betty replies that she’s dressed as Laurie Strode from the original Halloween film. The door bell rings. Betty answers to find two trick-or-treaters. One dressed as the Black Hood and another dressed as the Gargoyle King. She gives them candy and shuts the door. Jellybean asks when Jughead will arrive, but Betty isn’t sure. And so, Jellybean heads upstairs to play Minecraft.
Jughead awakens in a coffin with nothing but a lighter to shed some light while in the crowded darkness. He knows that Bret is behind this prank, trying to prove that the premature burial is scary, but Jughead has already survived much worse. After a while, he starts to lose his composure, banging on the coffin, demanding to be let out.
The phone rings at the Jones house. Betty answers, and she can only hear someone breathing on the other side. She hangs up and moments later, the phone rings again. This time the caller speaks. He claims he’s the Black Hood. Betty threatens to call the police, hangs up the phone, and locks the front door.
A man enters the diner after closing hours. He’s supposedly been driving the last 18 hours and simply needs a cup of coffee and a home cooked meal. Veronica tells him to take a seat as she gets him a menu.
Archie overlooks the party at the community center. He catches Eddie with a knife and demands that he hand it over. Eddie asks if he can have it back after the party, and Archie says maybe. Munroe then alerts Archie of Dodger’s arrival with his crew. Archie and Munroe tell him to leave as it’s a private event. Dodger almost immediately recognizes Archie as the vigilante that attacked him, though he doesn’t make mention of it. Dodger spots Eddie, one of the kids who work for him and confronts him for partying rather than handling his business in the streets. He tries to take Eddie with him, but Archie and Munro block his access to Eddie and demand that he leave.
As Cheryl and Toni make out on the bed, they can hear the twins start to cry over the baby monitor. They head into the living room to find the twins sound asleep. Cheryl asks Nana Rose for the other baby monitor. She tells them that she heard Cheryl’s brother crying in the chapel. So, Toni and Cheryl head down to the chapel, where they find the other baby monitor and the doll that Toni previously threw away. Cheryl is insistent that this is the work of an angry Jason, who is now haunting them. Cheryl swears that she isn’t behind this, but she recommends performing a seance in order to talk to Jason.
Reggie and Kevin are caught by Mr. Honey as they vandalize his office with toilet paper and spray string. He brings Kevin with him, but tells Reggie to stay behind in the office.
Betty rushes upstairs after hearing a thud from Jellybean’s room. She finds Jellybean laying on the ground bleeding. Jellybean jumps awake as it was merely a prank. The phone rings again. Betty rushes downstairs to answer it. It’s the prank caller claiming to be the Black Hood. He tells Betty that he’s calling her from inside the house. Then there’s a knock at the door. Betty grabs a poker from the fireplace before answering. She opens the door only to find Charles on the other side. He was headed home, but decided to stop by to bring Betty some pizza.
Jughead desperately tries to find a way out coffin, but it’s sealed tight.
Veronica brings the man his order, and he shows Veronica a photo of his wife and two daughters, who he claims he's trying to get back home to.
Charles offers to help Betty trace the calls of the prank caller after learning that someone had been calling the house pretending to be the Black Hood.
Mr. Honey recognizes that Kevin has had a rough couple of years after reviewing his records. He can only imagine how alone and friendless Kevin must feel. It’s that vulnerability that Reggie exploited. Kevin’s first choice for college is NYU, which has an excellent theater program. Could be a fresh start for Kevin. However, it’s unlikely Kevin will get in after what happened during Carrie, Heathers, and tonight in Honey’s office. Hoping to preserve his chances of getting accepted into college, Kevin reveals that it was Reggie’s idea to vandalize Honey’s office. He apologizes and, Honey lets him go.
Archie sits down with Eddie and asks what it is that Dodger has him doing. Eddie is reluctant to speak. Munroe informs Archie of their latest problem. Some of the kids wanted to go home, and when Munroe went to go check if it was okay for them to leave, he discovered there was trouble out front. Eddie wishes to leave, but Archie tells him stay put until the party is over, during which time, he’ll walk Eddie home himself.
Archie and Munroe meet Dodger and his crew out front and tell them to leave. However, they refuse. When Archie attempts to forcibly remove them, Dodger brandishes a gun, forcing him and Munroe to retreat inside and call FP, though he doesn’t answer. Until FP arrives, they’ll keep the party going.
Cheryl, Toni, and Nana Rose break out the Ouija board and hold a seance. They ask if the entity inside the doll is present. The planchette moves to yes. Toni accuses Cheryl of moving it, but she swears she isn’t. Cheryl asks the spirit for its name, and the planchette moves to the letter "J". Again, Toni accuses Cheryl of moving the planchette, however, Cheryl insists this isn’t her doing. Nana Rose confirms that it’s not Jason or Cheryl moving the board. It’s Julian. Penelope held three babies in her womb. Julius was to be Cheryl and Jason’s triplet, but in the end, only Cheryl and Jason were born because Cheryl absorbed Julian. Penelope was so devastated that she procured the doll and reared it alongside Cheryl and Jason until they were no longer infants, at which point Julian was retired to the attic. Toni is beyond skeptical. She suspects that Cheryl and Nana Rose are working together to make her realize that things were better when Jason was there, so they’d dig him back up and bring him back to the chapel. Toni asks if they bring Jadon back, will the haunting stop and can they get rid of the doll and bury it in Jason’s grave. Cheryl happily agrees to her terms.
Mr. Honey sits down with Reggie to discuss the persona he’s cultivated of being a prankster and class clown. It makes it impossible for anyone to take him seriously. He wonders if it has anything to do with Reggie’s father abusing him. People won’t notice Reggie’s bruising or pain if they’re laughing at one of his jokes. The thing about that is that they’re not laughing with Reggie, but at him. Honey wants Reggie to consider that as he cleans up the office.
Charles states that he and Betty haven’t talked much since they took down the Farm, though he understands why she may be weary of him. Betty accuses him of leading their mom to Edgar. However, Charles explains to Betty that it was Alice who approached him with the idea of going undercover to help Polly and get a story. As for Charles, he always wanted to be apart of a real family, but he knows that takes time. The phone rings, and Charles begins tracing the call as Betty answers. It’s the prankster again. Betty keeps him talking as Charles traces the call. She asks him if he remembers how on Halloween the four of them used to go trick-or-treating as a family. They’d walk up and down Elm Street, and when they got home, they’d go through their bags. Her dad wouldn’t let her or Polly eat the apples because he thought there were razor blades in them. Once Charles manages to trace the number, Betty hangs up. He traces the call to Shady Grove Treatment Center, where Polly’s been staying. Betty and Charles then call the center, pretending to be Edgar as they ask for Polly. When Polly answers, Betty confronts her for prank calling the house and pretending to be their dad. Polly hangs up soon thereafter.
Veronica’s not usually on kitchen duty, so she hopes the man enjoyed his meal, which he did. While getting him a slice of pumpkin pie, Veronica overhears a news broadcast that an extremely dangerous patient escaped Shady Groves. A serial killer nicknamed the Family Man. Michael Matthews forced his many victims to cook him meals before brutally murdering them. After escaping from Shady Grove, he killed a trucker and stole his clothes and vehicle. Veronica realizes that the man she’s been dining all night is Michael Matthews from the news report. She runs down into La Bonne Nuit and locks the door behind her. Veronica runs behind the bar, where she fills a bowl with alcohol before turning off the lights. Michael Matthews makes his way into the speakeasy, using a lighter to see. As he moves forwards, he spots Veronica standing on top of the bar, from where she douses him in alcohol, setting him on fire. Veronica hits him over the back with a chair and escapes as he frantically attempts to put out the flames.
While securing the building, Archie and Munroe finally get a call back from FP who’s pulling up outside. They realize Eddie’s missing and just then shots fire off outside. Archie runs out to find Eddie laying on the ground with a gunshot wound on his right leg.
Given how well Betty handled herself with the Farm, Charles thinks she’d be an excellent candidate for the Junior FBI training program. They could work together to figure out who’s sending the video tapes as Betty knows the town a lot better than Charles.
The day after Halloween. Reggie has spent the night cleaning up Mr. Honey’s office. They leave the school together. As they reach the campus parking lot, Reggie finds that his car has been vandalized, windows broken and covered in toilet paper. Honey of course has no clue who the culprit is, suggesting possible vandals looking to have some Halloween fun.
Cheryl and Toni dig Jason’s corpse back up and return him to the chapel as agreed upon. Cheryl combs his hair, expressing her joy in him being back home, much to Toni’s disapproval.
While in the coffin, dirt begins to seep through as if he’s being buried. Jughead panics, though it turns out to only be a dream. He wakes up still in the coffin. Fortunately, he is rescued by Mr. Chipping, who opens the coffin, which so happens to be sitting in the middle of the classroom. Mr. Chipping explains that it’s Stonewall Prep tradition that shouldn’t be taken personally. Bret, Donna, Jonathan, and Joan arrive not long after. Donna explains that it means Jughead belongs now. Bret claims it was just a bit of Halloween fun, and if Jughead feels they took it too far, then he could leave, though Jughead decides to stay.
Archie visits Eddie at the hospital. The doctors said it was just a flesh wound. Archie suspects Dodger was behind the shooting and offers to help Eddie, but he turns Archie down in fear of Dodger thinking he snitched. Archie tells Eddie to hang with him and Munroe at the center where they can protect him. However, as Eddie points out, he has to return to the streets after 10 PM once the gym closes. He and a lot of other kids have no other choice. He either works for Dodger or hides from him.
While lying in bed at the Pembrooke, Archie learns of Veronica’s near death encounter with an escaped serial killer from Shady Grove. He then shares with Veronica that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. He vowed to make the community center a safe space in Riverdale, something his dad can be proud of, but it’s never going to happen with guys like Dodger on the streets. In that case, Veronica suggests cleaning the streets. Archie looks over to his Halloween costume. Veronica hopes that he doesn’t intend to fight crime in them. Archie replies "of course not. I’m gonna need a mask."
Toni approaches Cheryl with Julian’s doll after finding him on the bed. Although, it pains Cheryl to admit it, she was gas-lighting Toni before, but now she swears on Jason’s life that she truly has no idea how the doll got back on the house. Nana Rose tells them it’s Julian who returned the doll.
Jughead returns to his room to find Moose gone with all of his belongings. He immediately calls Betty and shares the news with her, along with his overnight stay in a coffin. Betty wonders if Moose joined the Army as he was initially planning to. Jughead’s not sure, but he’s made a few calls. Regardless, he knows they chased Moose away. Maybe that’s why they locked him in the coffin, to get him out the way while they terrorized Moose and forced him into leaving. Jughead hates that they kept him from Betty, forcing her to endure the prank callings of Polly all alone. Betty reveals that she wasn’t alone. She was with Charles. She’s starting to warm up to him and is even considering joining the Junior FBI program. She thinks he might be the real deal. Unbeknownst to them, Charles has tapped Betty’s phone and is listening in on the entire conversation. Betty is still upset however that she wasn’t there for Jughead. In a sense, she was. Jughead tells Betty that thinking about her is the only thing that kept him sane. He knows that if he ever went missing that Betty would be the one to find him.
Flash forward, FP and Betty stand over a body in the coroner’s office. Dr. Curdle Jr. removes the sheet to reveal Jughead’s seemingly dead body lying on the coroner’s table.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Trick or Treat / Jughead Wakes in a Coffin
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - The Family Man / Hiding in the Dark
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Agree to Your Terms
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Buried Alive / Pressured by Honey
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Halloween Costumes / The Stonewall Four
- Scene: Veronica arranges for Archie and Munroe to have costumes made. / Jughead learns about the Stonewall Four.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Have You Checked the Children?
- Scene: Betty is prank called by someone claiming to be the Black Hood.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Invited to the FBI
- Scene: Charles invites Betty to join the FBI junior program.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Tracing the Caller
- Scene: Betty and Charles trace the prank caller to Shady Groves.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - All Ends Well??
- Scene: Nana Rose tell Cheryl and Toni that Julian is haunting the doll.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - The Morning After
- Scene: As Reggie and Mr. Honey leave the school, Reggie discovers that his car has been vandalized.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Jason’s Ghost is Mad / Jughead Gets Drugged
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Dodger at the Party
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Caught Red-Handed / Bloody Jellybean
- Scene: Mr. Honey catches Reggie and Kevin vandalizing his office. / Jellybean pranks Betty.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Time for a Treat / Twins Are Sleeping
- Scene: Cheryl and Toni make out on the bed until being interrupted by the twins crying.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Video Tape / Say Goodbye to Jason
- Scene: Residents of Riverdale receives video tapes. / Toni pressures Cheryl into burying Jason.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Prank Gone Too Far
- Scene: Mr. Chipping sets Jughead free.
- Blake Neely & Sherri Chung - Keep the Party Going / Julian Moving the Board
- Scene: Archie and Munroe deicde to keep the party at the community center going / Cheryl, Toni, and Nana Rose perform a seance.
- According to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, every Halloween was going to have an "Afterlife" special air, based on the popular Archie Comics series, Afterlife with Archie. However, this never happened until the fourth season.
- It was confirmed at NYCC that Cheryl would be dressed as Poison Ivy and Toni as Harley Quinn after they got clearance for DC Comics characters. 
- Archie dressed up as Pureheart The Powerful, Archie's superhero identity from the 90s Archie's Super Teens comics. 
- Various references to the Halloween film series are made.
- Betty is dressed up as Laurie Strode.
- Veronica Lodge serves an escaped inmate named Michael Mathews from Shady Grove Treatment Center who reportedly killed a trucker and stole his clothes and vehicle. This is similar to how in the first Halloween film, the killer Michael Myers escapes from Smith's Grove Sanitarium and kills a mechanic and wears their coveralls.
- When Michael Matthews chases Veronica into the speakeasy, the music noticeably resembles the main theme of the Halloween films.
- Veronica setting Michael Matthews aflame also resembles the scene in which Michael Myers is burned alive at the end of the Halloween II film.
- The lettering for the "Riverdale Day After Halloween" title is clearly meant to replicate the look of the fonts in the Halloween films.
- Munroe dressed up as The Shield, a patriotic superhero from the Archie Comics.
- Jellybean dressed up as Rosie the Riveter and the icon from the We Can Do It! poster.
- In Riverdale, Archie and Munroe's costumes were created by Katy Keene, one of Veronica's friends from New York. Katy is also the titular character of the upcoming spin-off Katy Keene.
- Julian the doll is likely inspired by Robert the doll, an allegedly haunted doll.
- Mr. Honey references Carrie: The Musical and Heathers: The Musical.
- Jughead makes two references:
- Moose is reading The Mighty Crusaders #2, "The Malevolent Legion of Juggernauts" published in 1983 by Archie Comics.
- Betty is reading Dracula by Bram Stoker.
- Final Adjusted TV Ratings for Wednesday 30th October 2019 - SpoilerTV
- Riverdale - Episode 4.01 - 4.04 - Titles Revealed - SpoilerTV
- Riverdale - Episode 4.04 - Halloween - Press Release - SpoilerTV
- Aguirre-Sacasa: "Riverdale" is "Archie Meets David Lynch," "AFERLIFE" specials planned - CBR
- Choni's Halloween Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter
- Archie's Costume Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter