The Great Debate – Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween or Christmas Movie?

Happy Thursday Main Streeters! It seems we have skipped over Thanksgiving, and gone straight into Christmas mode. Personally, I’m not ready to let go of the Halloween season, who am I kidding, Halloween is every day for me. Like so many others who decorated for Halloween, much of my décor is Nightmare before Christmas themed, and a week into November, it’s still all up. After all, Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King and Halloween is all about pumpkins, but on the flip side, the movie title includes the word Christmas; so can I parlay this beloved movie and the décor that I love so much into 3-months worth of decorations? With the start of the Christmas season, the great debate ensues – is the Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween or Christmas movie? Let’s explore with a side by side analysis of the themes throughout the movie.


Pro Halloween: The movie is set in the fictional location of Halloween Town.

Pro Christmas: The protagonist Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, finds and subsequently stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town.


Pro Halloween: All the characters of the 1993 stop-motion animated musical are Halloween inspired; think mummies, skeletons, ghost dogs, mad scientists and love hungry rag doll.

Pro Christmas: Santa Claus, or Sandy Claws is kidnapped so that Jack can assume the role of Jolly old St. Nick.


Pro Halloween: The movie begins with a celebration, congratulating Jack Skellington on another successful Halloween.

Pro Christmas: Jack turns Halloween Town into a pseudo Christmas Town fueled by Nightmare toy workshops and skeletal reindeer.

Underlying Theme:

Pro Halloween: Jack embraces his identity as a leader in Halloween Town.

Pro Christmas: The movie takes you through all the classic Christmas movie feels; Sacrifice, togetherness, love? Check, check, check. Jack struggles with the sameness of his everyday life, until he discovers the magic of Christmas, and suddenly he finds there is a reason to be alive, even if he’s actually quite dead.


It’s both! You can certainly watch The Nightmare Before Christmas during the Halloween and Christmas Season, heck, you can watch it for 3 months straight and sing right along to the memorable score. As far as using Jack and Sally to decorate for Halloween and Christmas! Do it! Just slap a Santa Hat on Jack and you’ve got yourself a Christmas theme with a Tim Burton twist.

So Main Streeters, share with us, do you keep your Jack, Sally, and Oogie out for Halloween, or do you let them hang out until Christmas too?

Until next week!



Erika Roberts has been a Disney kid for as long as she can remember, but her love of visiting Disney Parks started after just one ride in a Doom Buggy. She couldn’t run to guest relations fast enough to offer up her soul in return for an Annual Pass. Since then Disney has taken all of her money, but has given her the most cherished memories; from watching her Nona’s face light up with happy tears as we strolled down Main Street on her first visit (she was 84 at the time), to her very own engagement on Halloween in front of the Haunted Mansion. Erika is excited to be on the TMSM team and where Disney Parks are concerned, you won’t catch her dead on It’s a Small World. If she asks to ride that, this is a clear indication that she is in danger and you must send help. You will, however, catch her performing Random Acts of Disney (R.A.D’s), park hopping with her amazing group of impressively talented and kind friends (usually in some themed attire), hanging out by The Haunted Mansion, and ugly crying during fireworks… then begging for a Mickey Premium Bar to eat her feelings…this is a judgment-free bio. Otherwise, Erika works for the State of Florida and is actively involved in her community. Erika believes in empowering others and spreading kindness to people from all walks of life. Erika also makes custom designed Disney inspired ears, etched glass, gifts, and accessories. You can check out, like or follow her work on FB, which also links to my shop’s Instagram: She looks forward to getting to know everyone and sharing the magic of Disney!

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