By EW Staff
Updated November 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

AT THE MOVIES, John Carpenter’s Vampires slays the competition with a $9.1 million opening, good enough to scare up the then-biggest Halloween box office opening ever. ON TV, NBC’s Thursday-night staples ER, Friends, and Frasier are the week’s top shows. IN MUSIC, Jay-Z’s blockbuster album Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (left) lives it up at the top of Billboard’s pop and R&B charts. MEANWHILE… 83-year-old Bob Kane, the self-described “doodler” from New York City who created the legendary DC Comics hero Batman in the late 1930s, dies of natural causes in Los Angeles.