'American Horror Story': Halloween Brings Out All the Ghosts

Vivien Harmon

Connie Britton plays Vivien Harmon, mother to Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and wife to Ben (Dylan McDermott). The family moves from Boston to Los Angeles after she has a miscarriage and ultimately catches Ben having an affair with one of his psycology students. Vivien ultimately becomes the first Harmon to consider moving out of the 1920s house.

"We’re writing episodes in the middle of the series where they leave: they leave for different reasons and they can’t stay there," co-creator Ryan Murphy tells THR. "But if they left for good, it’s not a show."

Halloween continues Wednesday night on FX's American Horror Story, with all the ghosts inhabiting the Harmons' creepy abode coming out to play.

In Part 1, Vivien (Connie Britton) and Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott) met the house's previous tenants, a gay couple (played by Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears) obsessed with decorating the home just right for Halloween so the Harmons can unload the property.

In addition, Tate (Evan Peters) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga) inch closer when the couple takes advantage of the old Halloween loophole that all the ghosts come out to walk the streets for the night as they hit the beach for their first official date.

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"I love that there are so many ghosts in this house that we just have no idea," Britton told reporters during a recent conference call. "They create this culture in this community, in this house that we've stumbled upon."

Between dodging Larry the Burn Guy (Denis O'Hare), the Harmons will get a visitor from the house's newest unwelcome tenant during the second half of newly renewed drama's Halloween event, creating even more friction between Ben and Vivien.

"Vivien is somebody who's been very strong and together in her life," Britton says. "She's kind of watching her world crumble around her. I like the idea of somebody like that falling apart and seeing them in conflict with themselves in the midst of disaster."

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With the couple already looking to put the house back on the market and Vivien and Violet apartment hunting, Ben will do everything he can to hold on to his pregnant wife and daughter as the ghostly chaos continues to unfold.

"We're definitely in crisis," McDermott says of the marriage. "The family is the most important thing to me but it is obviously slipping through my fingers and I can't seem to hold it together."

American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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