Two days before Halloween, Luke Wallace eats one piece of candy and ends up with four razor blades in him. And dead. Sam and Dean interview his widow, and find a hex bag hidden behind the victim's fridge. The next day, at a pre-Halloween party, a teen named Tracy bobs for apples, and gets checked out while doing so. Hoping to get the same… rise out of her audience, Tracy's friend Jenny takes a turn, and is boiled alive in the apple tub. Posing as Agents Geddy and Lee, Sam and Dean investigate the scene and find another hex bag. They ask Tracy if Jenny had any connection to Luke Wallace, but Tracy says she never heard of him.
Dean and Sam research the contents of the hex bags, which contain some pretty heavy duty stuff like long extinct plants and baby bones (oh Kripke!) and figure out that a witch must be trying to summon the demon Samhain, which requires three blood sacrifices over the course of three nights. They check out the local high school and talk to the art teacher, Don Harding, who tells them about his altercation with Tracy. Her drawings were kind of creepy and evil -- and when he told her to can it, she flipped her lid and got suspended. Along the way, they boys discover she lied about not knowing Luke Wallace, so they make Tracy as their witch.
The boys eventually meet up with Castiel, and he's got a new friend with him -- Uriel. Uriel is impressive, but utterly unimpressed by our intrepid heroes. He calls them, and all of us, "Mud Monkeys." I am so using that on my kids. Tracy's been waiting 600 years to summon Samhain, whom we're going to refer to as "Sam Hain" because that's how they say it in the episode. No. Really. And it looks like Tracy was planning to make the boys her third (and a bonus fourth?) sacrifice in as many nights, because she'd hidden a hex bag in their motel wall. The angels tell our boys that if Sam Hain rises, that will mean yet another broken seal from among the 66 needed in order for Lucifer to rise, so they order Dean and Sam to leave town so they can wipe it out. Dean and Sam refuse and argue for a chance to stop the summoning on their own. Uriel gets rude. Castiel listens to their pleas, but warns them time is growing short. Later, when Sam's alone with Dean, he confesses he's been so disillusioned by the angels and their plan, that he's having a crisis of faith. Meanwhile, Uriel suggests to Castiel that they go rogue, but Castiel says they have their orders -- to follow Dean's orders!
Sam and Dean realize that Don must be in on things with Tracy, because he's the one who knew they were looking into her. The boys find Tracy tied up and about to be sacrificed by Don. Sam and Dean shoot him, and Tracy thanks them for doing her dirty work. Don was actually Tracy's (at least 600 year old and quite annoying) brother and now she's got her third blood sacrifice. She binds the boys with some sort of spell so they can't interfere, and invokes Sam Hain who breaks through the concrete cellar floor and decides to inhabit Don's corpse. Don and Tracy kiss (Ew!) and then he snaps her neck. He doesn't see Sam and Dean because they smeared blood on their faces to fool him, just like people used to wear masks to walk around undetected by him.
The boys catch up with Sam Hain at the local cemetery, where he's busy tormenting teenagers and raising the dead. At least he's useful. Sam wants to use his mojo to take care of the demon, but Dean warns him off. When Dean has to save the tormented teens, Sam has to stop Sam Hain on his own. He tries to use Ruby's knife to kill him, but Sam Hain knocks it away. If he wants to live, Sam has no choice but to use his magical exorcism abilities, so he does. Dean arrives in time to see it in progress, to see Sam's struggle, and to see his bloody nose, afterwards.
Sam returns to their hotel and is confronted by Uriel about using the power Azazel gave to him. He explains he had no choice, but when Uriel is unmoved, Sam tells him, "You know, my brother was right about you [angels]. You are dicks." Uriel warns him that as soon as Sam stops being useful, he is history. He also says to tell his brother he should climb off his high horse. "Ask Dean what he remembers from Hell." Meanwhile, in a sunny park, Castiel reveals that the angels' orders were to follow Dean's orders, because the scenario was a test of Dean. Castiel thinks Dean passed; he at least chose the way Castiel prayed he would choose, but then Castiel admits to his own crisis of faith or at least failure of discernment. He cautions that Dean will have more decisions to make in the coming months, and Castiel does not envy the weight that is on his shoulders. The good news is Castiel thinks we're works of art. The feeling is mutual, Cas.
Next week, we travel to Wishville. I wonder if Anyanka and Halfrek will be there.
THEN! Sam reminds Jess that she knows how he feels about Halloween. Then there's a scary teeth guy. Then Dean's shooting stuff. Then there's a scary little zombie-death girl I can't remember, even though I've seen every fricking episode of this series -- more than once. Then there's a CLOWN! Then I get a glass of wine to calm down from the CLOWN! Fighting. Shooting. Dying. Djinn light tricks. Shooting. Dying. A Reaper stalking Dean while he's wearing that T-shirt, and those hospital pants. Salting and burning. Exorcisms, old-style, with Latin and everything -- during which the black smoke travels upward. More scary girls. More shooting and dying. The very gates of Hell. Frankendoc. Castiel, Castiel, Castiel el el, telling Dean he's an angel of the Lord, and then that the Rising of the Witnesses is one of the 66 seals that must be broken for Lucifer to walk free. Lilith is on the job. Sam lies about using his powers. Sam uses his powers to exorcise demons. Dean yells at Sam for using his powers to exorcise demons. Sam argues with Dean. Castiel tells Dean to show him some respect. The substitute recapper thinks how much she'll miss covering this show, and how much she will not miss dissecting the previous scenes.
NOW! It's autumn in America. A young boy decorates a yard with a fake tombstone and bones (er... given the nature of this show, declaring them "fake" may be presumptuous, but they look fake, even for this show). A woman walks down the street and enters the house he's decorating, but she never says hi to him, so if she's his mom, she's totally ignoring him for the baby. The title card reads: "Two days before Halloween." The woman is carrying a bag, a bucket, a pumpkin, and her pocketbook. The kid doesn't offer to help her, which is why she favors the baby. I'm just saying. She needs one of those old lady grocery carts. We have friends who take those to the beach. (a) Yes, they have children. (b) No, they have no pride. (c) See also, "a."