'Criminal Minds': Matthew Gray Gubler stakes out Halloween for 'In the Blood'

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Matthew Gray Gubler knows "Criminal Minds" typically is spooky enough on a weekly basis as is.

The night before Halloween, though, the long-running CBS crime drama can be counted upon to be seasonally eerie. "In the Blood," Wednesday's (Oct. 30) new episode, takes Dr. Spencer Reid (Gubler) and his Behavioral Analysis Unit colleagues to Utah, where several murders appear to be patterned on the Salem Witch Trials -- encompassing victims being burned at the stake.

"I love it," the friendly Gubler tells Zap2it about the story. "One of our favorite directors, Michael Lange, directed it. It's a fun, visually interesting episode. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm pretty sure we do amp it up. It's about an interesting point in the history of America, too."

Costumes are involved for the main cast members as well, since the tale also involves tech expert Garcia ( Kirsten Vangness) staging a Day of the Dead celebration for her co-workers -- surely an appropriate sort of party in the context of "Criminal Minds."

While working on this week's tale, Gubler also was doing lots of homework for the next one. He doubles as director of the Nov. 6 episode ... the sixth time he's performed that dual duty on the show, with a seventh in store for him before the series' current Season 9 ends.

"The episodes before and after (a directing assignment) are always very heavy on me," Gubler reflects. "I'm either prepping mine or editing mine, so I'm just kind of living in my trailer and sleeping very little. The episodes around that one are always challenging, but fun."

Gubler marvels that "Criminal Minds" -- which also is repeated regularly on both A&E and ION Television -- continues to put forth original, if perpetually bizarre, stories. It also continues to develop its regular characters, as with Reid's ongoing struggle to cope with the tragic loss of his girlfriend last season.

"I can't believe it," Gubler maintains. "it's gone so fast. In the blink of an eye, nine years has sort of swept by. It still feels like we're shooting the pilot. It feels fresh and wonderful, and I love the cast and crew. That makes it a great thing for it to still be a part of my life."
Photo/Video credit: CBS