"Boxed In" is the sixth episode of Season Ten of Criminal Minds.


When a young boy who mysteriously went missing in San Diego on Halloween suddenly reappears one year later, the BAU must work fast when another trick-or-treater disappears under similar circumstances.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "A Woman's Love Is Never Done" (feat. Connie Russell) by Al Lerner
  • "Spooky Kids" by Itch
  • "Keep Your American Dream" by Beartooth
  • "I Don't Want to Be Alone" by Michael Grimm
  • "What Have I Done" by Taps

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world." Jean Baudrillard
  • Jennifer Jareau: "Always kiss your children good night, even if they're already asleep." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


  • Though this is the sixth episode of the season, it aired a week before If the Shoe Fits, the prior episode, both episodes being scheduled out-of-order.
  • Travis Gibson, who guest-stars as Jake McCauley, is the middle son of Thomas Gibson, who portrays Hotch in Criminal Minds and is also the director of this episode. Also, Gibson's daughter Agatha plays an uncredited role as the trickster girl the camera follows until it finds McCauley. In addition, his oldest son James shadowed him behind-the-scenes to learn how an episode of a TV series is prepared, directed, and edited.

Criminal Minds Episodes

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