Nightmare Before Christmas: A Christmas or Halloween Staple?


Willow Burkholder, Staff Writer - The Mustang Messenger

Around this time of year, a debate starts to spark about when you should watch the beloved 1993 movie by Tim Burton, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” With the setting being placed in Halloween Town yet mostly Christmas-oriented, there’s bound to be some confusion. However, the movie’s whole point is that Jack Skellington is trying to spread Christmas joy but ends up jeopardizing Santa’s life. The only thing that’s even about Halloween is the town the characters live in and the characters themselves. 

Even though there are plenty of Halloween themes throughout the movie, everyone seems to miss the big picture. Sure, the theme song may be titled, “This is Halloween,” but that’s the only Halloween-Esque song throughout the entire film. 

Another argument centers around the movie’s original release date, which was October 29th, making it perfect for the Halloween season. However, there have been plenty of Halloween movies that were made before or after the fall season. 

Some people may argue that if you consider it a Christmas film because Santa shows up, then you can also consider it an Easter movie because the Easter bunny shows up. However, that argument doesn’t hold because unlike the Easter bunny, Santa is a big part of the film and it wouldn’t make much sense without him.

In the end, however, it is just a movie, and whatever way you watch it, it should always bring you “holiday” spirit.

The Nightmare Before Christmas - Halloween or Christmas Movie?


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