Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Is A Christmas Classic

It’s been a few years since director Henry Selick dropped the bomb on fans that The Nightmare Before Christmas was, in fact, a Halloween movie, a revelation that made many fans go “excuse me, Christmas is in the title.”

Fine. Sure. Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King and all of the ghoulish beasties of Halloween Town are some of the film’s highlights, but what about Sandy Claws? What about Jack’s discovery of snow, presents, and the rest of Christmas’ classic trappings? While creative intent certainly bears a great deal of weight, there is also something to be said about how a film lands with your audience.

A stalwart in Freeform’s Christmas line up, The Nightmare Before Christmas might transcend traditional “Christmas” or “Halloween” classification, but there are certainly some things that point to a December sensibility. While you can certainly enjoy the claymation magic year round or with a bucket of trick or treat glory, there is a case to be made for a more candy cane flavored viewing.

The Best Scenes Are The Christmas Ones

Yes, “This Is Halloween” will stick in your head for days after you watch, but does anything compare to the joy of Jack’s discoveries in “What’s This?” Has there ever been a more hilariously misguided attempt at gift giving than that child’s shrunken head? No. While the best characters may be residents of Halloween Town, Christmas clearly makes everything better. While Christmas Town will largely go on like it always has, Halloween Town will be borrowing some of that trademark Christmas joy.

It’s All About How Awesome Christmas Is

Yes, Halloween is awesome too. Not only does it give you a reason to dress up like your favorite characters (God bless Hot Topic. Don’t @ me.), but the good kind of fear (horror films!) and the bad kind of fat (all the candy!) come together in perfect unison. Still, there is that certain feeling that only occurs around Christmas, and that is what Jack is trying to uncover. How can he bring the joy of Christmas to his native Halloween? Sure, you could call this a blending of the seasons, but it’s really a Christmas take over.