nightmare b4 xmasby Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Welcome to Halloweentown! We have a depressed Pumpkin King, a two-faced Mayor, a rag doll heroine who sews herself together, and all manner of witches, goblins, werewolves, and everything else you can think of for Halloween! But Jack, our Pumpkin King, has run out of ideas and is getting bored, so when he accidentally discovers the doors to other holidays, he just has to take over Christmas too!

Tim Burton is the man. The Nightmare Before Christmas has been a classic for more than ten years now. Who else would be able to get away with an entire clay-mation movie that combines Halloween and Christmas into one entire great story! The whole thing is very goth, and not necessarily for children under like 12, and the music is to die for. A love story between the Pumpkin King and the rag doll heroine, where they sing love songs to each other and all, is just adorable in a very Burton kind of way. As is the song where the Halloween denizens make their own version of Christmas and the song where villainous henchmen declaim about kidnapping Santa Claus. The songs are catchy and memorable, and if anyone catches you singing them, they’re likely to know the words and sing right along with you! Jack and Sally costumes are repeated often during Halloween, though personally I would love to see the gambling Oogie Boogie done as a costume at some point. Who else could be the villain of Halloweentown, but the Boogeyman, complete with his trick-or-treating (mostly tricking) henchmen Lock, Shock and Barrel!

I know, it’s technically two holidays in one movie. Deal with it. Every Halloween should have at least one showing of Nightmare! Burton managed to make an absolute classic for my generation, something for the spooky-fun Halloween fan lurking in all of us!

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