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Halloween just got a lot scarier.

"Costumes & Courage" is the first episode in Season 2 of Austin & Ally and 20th episode overall. It first aired on October 7, 2012 to 4.016 million viewers.[1]


Austin's new record label owner, Jimmy Starr, invites him to perform at the Starr Records Halloween Party, where he will perform a duet with Taylor Swift to Ally's newest song. However, when Dez and Trish's ghost-hunting mission goes awry, the musician is unable to perform and Ally steps in to save the day.

Episode Summary

The episode starts out with Ally approaching Dez and Austin. She asks if Dez has finished carving Austin's face.

Dez tries to carve a pumpkin with Austin's face on it

He finishes and shows them both, to which Ally replies that it looks amazing, but Austin tells him that his hair is parted on the opposite side. Dez ends up smashing the pumpkin on the floor and walking off. Trish enters, telling them that she has gotten a job at a Halloween Store. Jimmy Starr enters and invites Austin, Ally, Trish, and Dez to a Halloween party he's hosting. He says that there will be a lot of stars at the party, and he has just gotten an RSVP from Taylor Swift. Dez says he can give her a carving of her face that he did on a pumpkin, but smashes it like the other when informed that she has straightened her hair. Jimmy asks if they can write a new song for Austin to perform at the party. When seeing the party is at Brownstone Mansion, Dez tells them that he has heard the place was haunted. Jimmy says that ghosts haunt the mansion, and mysterious red slime oozes from the walls. Austin asks if Trish was working tomorrow so he can get a cool costume. Trish tells him that even though she planned to be fired later that day, she was willing to keep it so he can get a discount. Ally and Austin try to write a song for the party, and Austin scares Ally by sneaking up on her while wearing a mask. They brainstorm a list of what scares them for inspiration. Ally finds a chorus for the song when she tells


Austin what he said when they went to the water park and she was going to go down the slide. He told her "no matter how scared she was, just push ahead and don't look down."

At the Halloween store, Trish's manager tells her to put costumes in different areas of the store, to which Trish says that she will do, but once she goes away, Trish throws them all in the Bargain Bin. A customer asks Trish if she can help him find a Charles Lindbergh costume, which Trish has no idea who he's talking about, and instead gives him a pilot costume. Dez approaches Trish with a ghost hunting kit. Even though Trish claims it doesn't work, Dez refuses to believe her. Austin complains to Trish, coming out of the dressing room as a piece of cake, that he wanted to be a caveman, not a cake-man. Trish says that Austin can't go as a caveman because she's going as a cave-woman. Austin asks for a ninja costume, but instead, Trish gives him a gladiator costume. Austin agrees, and tried to show off his muscles, but can't because of his costume. Ally approaches the counter dressed as a mid-20th Century nurse and insists she's supposed to be Florence Nightingale, and when she tries to tell Trish who she was, she persuades her to talk to the boy trying to dress like Charles Lindbergh. Ally tries to gain enough confidence to talk to the boy and is delighted when he recognizes her as Florence Nightingale. Unfortunately, her attempt at witty banter turns out to be disastrous. Trish notices Ally's failure to hook up with him, and she laments over her inability to be more confident when it comes to picking up boys. Trish reminds her that since this is Halloween, she can be whoever or whatever she wants. At this point, she decides that she's going to the party as a female super-heroine named Galexis Nova.

Ally's "secret" meeting with Jimmy Starr, which upsets Austin.

When Ally says she is supposed to meet someone in the food court, poorly disguising who it might be, Austin and Dez become suspicious. In the food court, Austin and Dez use Dez's ghost-hunting equipment to spy on Ally and Jimmy and find that the song Ally wrote for Austin was played for Taylor Swift, who liked it so much he decided to give it to her instead, thus infuriating Austin.

Later at Sonic Boom, Dez convinces Austin to write his feelings on a cell-phone in what he assumes will be a "pretend text message," which calls Ally and Jimmy 'evil, gutless rats.' Dez takes the phone and pushes what he thinks is a "don't send" button, which turns out to be a send button. Ally and Trish walk in demanding answers about their text, and when they reveal that they found out about Jimmy's plans for his song, she explains that it was intended to be a duet between him and Taylor. Unfortunately, they now have to try to retrieve the text message from Jimmy Star. Trish decides that the best way to do so is to flood his phone with junk text messages so that it will delay any attempts to read Austin's message.

Trish and Dez face the terror that is Brownstone Mansion

At the party, each member of Team Austin desperately tried to find Jimmy, as they're doing so, they find that like Dez, Nelson also went to the party as Austin. Ally stumbles upon Ethan, the boy she met in the Halloween store who wanted a Charles Lindbergh costume. Realizing he didn't recognize her from the store she introduces herself as the character she's disguised as, as Ethan does the same. When he asks for her phone number, she gets so excited about it that she leaves the balcony forgetting to exchange numbers with him. Austin finally stumbles upon Jimmy who's disguised as Albert Einstein reveals that the country singer is going to be singing a duet with him, and Ally asks him to borrow his phone so she

Ally reveals herself to Austin.

can pretend to send a text to her father, upon which she deletes the message, as well as some others. After this plot succeeds, Jimmy reveals Miss Swift's presence at the party, who much to the surprise of Team Austin is also wearing a Galexis Nova costume. Meanwhile, Dez still insists on trying to seek out ghosts in the house, and Trish tags along in order to watch him humiliate himself. In the room that was believed to be the most haunted Trish tries to tell Dez that there are no ghosts, only to find some scary moaning noises coming from the chimney, the walls appearing to bleed and smoke or fog billowing from the fireplace. Terrified, Dez grabs a pumpkin, the only item he can use as a weapon, and flings it at somebody he assumes to be a ghost, who instead turns out to be a girl in a Galexis Nova costume and knocks her unconscious. Trish and Dez mistake this girl for Ally, and they try to help her recover, only to find the real Ally entering the room from behind them, which makes them realize that Dez actually knocked out Taylor Swift. Overhearing Jimmy announce that Austin will be performing with Taylor, the three other members of Team Austin struggle to figure out how to avoid letting him sing without his partner. Ally realizes that their identical costumes are the solution, and decides she's going to pretend to be the country star. Ally arrives on stage to a round of applause, which she finds quite enjoyable. Before they sing, Ally secretly reveals herself to Austin just after he gives her credit for the song, telling him only that Taylor got hurt. Austin gives her some last second advice, which she accepts easily, even pretending to be a bit flirtatious with him on stage. The pop star and the songwriter both give a five-star performance of the song "Don't Look Down," especially when she hits a high note towards the end of the song, which they both end with a somewhat on-stage hug. After the show Trish and Dez congratulate her, and Dez

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tries to suggest that she perform with Austin more often, but Ally declines to remind him that the only reason she was able to perform was that she wasn't performing as herself. Austin makes her realize that she was able to do so with or without her mask, giving her a momentary sense of confidence. Another party attendee walks by and still assumes Ally is Taylor Swift, much to the surprise of Trish. Consequently, Ally is surprised to find that other members of the party also genuinely believe Dez is Austin, who milks this error for all it's worth by signing autographs for Austin's fans.

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Memorable Quotes

Almost done... Voila!
Amazing! It looks just like Austin!
Except my hair's parted on the other side.

Aw man! Guess I gotta start all over. [smashes pumpkin on the floor, walks off]

Ooh, sometimes when I burp, I'm afraid an alien's gonna burst out!

Don't you have any fears that, I don't know, are like absolutely ridiculous?

Remember what you told me that time when we went to the water park and I was scared to go down the giant water slide?
Keep your mouth closed at the bottom; there might be pee in the pool?

...Yes, but you also said, no matter how scared I was, just push ahead and don't look down.

Hi, I'm Ally.
I'm Ethan. Nice Florence Nightingale costume.

Yup, good ol' Flo.

Trish, you messed up. I asked for a caveman costume, and you gave me a cake-man.
Well, I'm going as a cavewoman, so pick something else.
Fine, what about... a ninja?!
(groans) Ninja costumes are all the way upstairs. (suddenly gets an idea) Ooh. Be a gladiator. (she reaches for that costume under the counter in front of her, and shows it to Austin.)

Ooh, a gladiator. Now I can show off my muscles. (flexes one each, and says "boom" for effect, which doesn't work so well) Works better when I'm not inside a cake.

(in a cake costume) Why are you staring at me like that?

I'm just really hungry, man.

That was supposed to be my song. I can't believe she's giving it away.

I can't believe Danny's taking Sara's sister to the prom instead of her. (sing-song) Dra-maaaaaaa!

Well, I do know one technique for dealing with anger. You write a message to the person you're upset with, tell them how you feel, then you get rid of that message, symbolically purging the negativity of your inner psyche.
Okay, I'll give it a try. Dear Ally and Jimmy, I'm so... mad at you guys right now! I don't want anything to do with people who were... evil gutless rats!!

Oh, that is good!

Now, we just have to get rid of this text. Just hit the Don't Send button.

Don't Send? There is no Don't Send button! You sent the text!

That's a cool chorus.
"Don't drink the pee in the pool"?
No, no, no, no, noooooo...I mean (sings) "Don't look down".

Yeah, that's good, too.

Songs Featured

International premieres

  • December 10, 2012 (Argentina)
  • August 2, 2013 (Spain)
  • January 16, 2013 (France)
  • April 13, 2013 (Poland)
  • May 13, 2013 (Germany)
  • May 31, 2013 (Italy)
  • October 25, 2013 (Portugal)
  • April 5,2014 (Bulgaria)


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


  • This the Season 2 premiere.
  • This episode is the first Halloween special in the series.
  • Since it's season premiere, character's hair changed: Ally's hair is longer with amber highlights, Austin's is a little more longer, and Dez's a little shorter.
    • Trish's hair remained the same.
  • Known Halloween costumes for this episode are:
  • Austin and Ally perform together for the first time on the show.
  • This is the second time the public hears Ally sing. The first time was in "Deejays & Demos" when Austin takes Ally's song instead of his own.
  • This is the third time Ally has been on stage to perform, the first being "Rockers & Writers", the second being "Bloggers & Butterflies".
  • Mini's is introduced in this episode, that will be Season 2 hanging out place.
  • Ally has a new phone case in this episode. In Season 1, Ally's phone had a rhinestone case with a musical note on it. Her new phone has a floral case that is blue in color.
  • According to Raini Rodriguez, who plays Trish, the cake costume Austin wore was actually the "Cheese-Outta-My-League" costume shown in "Zaliens & Cloud Watchers".
  • This is the first episode to feature a duet.
  • The episode title refers to the numerous costumes presented in the episode, and Ally gaining enough courage to sing in front of a crowd.
  • Ethan is the 2nd crush Ally has had; first is Dallas.
  • Even with this episode being the Season 2 premiere, there was never any change to the theme song or the video of the theme song.


  • Ally claimed she was dressed as Florence Nightingale, however her nurse's uniform is more reminiscent of the mid-20th Century. Nightingale died in 1910.
  • Dez never paid for Ally's costume; he just took it.
  • At the end, people think Dez is Austin, but everyone saw the real Austin perform with Ally and he was dressed as a gladiator.
  • Ally never changed back into her other clothes when she went to meet Jimmy; she just took the hat off and wore the rest of the Florence Nightingale costume.
  • Ethan was at the party. But it is very unusual that a normal person would be at a Exclusive Starr Party. Same goes for Nelson & the girl that thought Dez was Austin. Although, Ethan might have some connections or is signed but not well known, and Nelson knows Austin and they might have let him in.


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