WandaVision’s Halloween episode refers to the twins’ childhood in Sokovia. While it’s fun, it also further emphasizes Wanda’s trauma.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6, “New Halloween Spooktacular!”, Now Airing on Disney +.
In the latest episode of WandaVisionHalloween comes to Westview, leaving Wanda’s family a bit divided on the night of the holiday. She is excited, as are the children, but Vision seems more distracted with the degree of control that is placed in the city. However, as Wanda and Pietro argue about costumes and how to have fun, there is a hilarious but insightful flashback to what Halloween was like in Sokovia.
Wanda wears a spandex version of her costume from the comics, and Vision does the same, but while enjoying each other’s classic looks, Vision admits that he has a neighborhood watch duty. But he’s lying, it’s a cover-up because he wants to investigate the bubble that Wanda created. Wanda is a bit heartbroken as she wanted both of them to take Tommy and Billy on their first trick or treat adventure. However, Pietro steps in, ready to be the kids’ chaperone like Quicksilver.
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While teasing Wanda’s costume, she tells him that she is dressed as a Sokovian fortune teller. As they continue to talk about grabbing candy and the like, Pietro mentions how trick or treating was for them when they were kids. A flashback then reveals young Maximoffs at the door of an old woman, who, instead of candy, gives them fish, from which they developed typhus.
Wanda apparently blocked it, with Pietro joking that she suppressed that trauma. However, it ties into the series’ theme, as he constructed Westview as a utopia to process his grief, likely spanning his childhood in war-torn and poverty-stricken Sokovia. The fact that gunshots and violence are heard in the background as young Wanda and Pietro go trick-or-treating says it all, not to mention the lady telling them to “share” this fish.
The scene shows how some countries have limited resources and cannot afford certain experiences, which affects many children. While America has privileged kids in the suburbs who have a big Halloween full of candy and fun costumes, that’s not a luxury the Sokovians can afford. Talk about why Wanda wants Billy and Tommy to have fun too and why she’s disappointed that Vision isn’t spending the night with them. She simply wants the kids to have a Halloween that she and Pietro never could.
This life of poverty made it much easier for them to fall prey to Hydra and be armed against the Avengers in Ultron age. Wanda and Pietro saw the heroes as terrorists from an oppressive and privileged world who claimed to be fighters for the freedom of people they never helped socio-economically. While Halloween antics are fun in this episode of WandaVision, actually contribute greatly to the overall story, highlighting Wanda’s troubled past.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn like Agnes. New episodes airing Fridays on Disney +.
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