Never fear, Honeybees. We are here to help settle the debate you’ve been having with friends and spouses for years. Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie? Or is it a Christmas movie? If you ask us, the answer is pretty simple: it’s a Halloween movie. Not just that – it’s a Halloween classic! A must! Is spooky season even complete without your yearly rewatch of this chilling, animated phenomenon? The answer is no. If you’re still doubting us, here are our five reasons why The Nightmare Before Christmas is (the best) Halloween movie!
It’s (Delightfully) Creepy
While several of us would call The Nightmare Before Christmas comforting, there are those few (who we don’t judge too harshly) who don’t. They find the animation creepy, which, if you ask us, is the best part! Oogie Boogie is so stinkin’ cute we can’t stand it! Still, that should be proof enough for some naysayers that this is, in fact, a Halloween movie. Aren’t Christmas movies supposed to leave everyone warm and fuzzy inside?
It Takes Place in Halloween Town
Now we know The Nightmare Before Christmas takes us into Christmas Town and even the real world, but where do all the antics occur? That’s right, Halloween Town, where Jack reigns as the king. If this really were a Christmas movie, wouldn’t we have spent more time there? Hmmm, we’ve got a point, huh?
The Music Screams Halloween (Literally!)
This is where we think the whole Halloween vs. Christmas debate truly breaks down. How are you going to consider a movie with an opening scene of animated creatures screaming, “This is Halloween!” a Christmas movie? They tell you over and over again that they live and breathe Halloween. Not convinced? We raise you this question: what’s a song you always hear on your TikTok FYP as soon as the air gets a little cooler? This charming, amazing little diddy. Exactly!
This is Halloween, this is Halloween. Pumpkins scream in the dead of night. This is Halloween, everybody make a scene. Trick or treat ’til the neighbors gonna die of fright
‘This Is Halloween’ from The Nightmare Before Christmas
They Almost Destroyed Christmas
This movie has been out forever, so we don’t feel as though we’re spoiling anything, but by stealing Santa Claus away from Christmas Town, Jack and the rest of the goolish gang almost spoil what some may consider the happiest holiday of the year. Those poor kids! Although some could argue that several Christmas movies have plots centered around the holiday almost being ruined, we can’t think of any that make the cause little clay creatures. Another point for Halloween!
Halloween Remained Superior
To end it all, we have to remember that in the end, Jack realizes that he actually loves Halloween after all. He may have been initially swayed by the lights and sounds and snow, but he knew in his heart where he truly belonged. Long live the Pumpkin King!
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