Well, it’s officially that time of year when Halloween movies are a thing of the past and Christmas films have taken over. However, there’s one ’90s flick that has viewers confused about the appropriate time to binge-watch it: A Nightmare Before Christmas.
Before going any further—a brief history of the film. Tim Burton’s idea first originated in 1982 as a poem of the same name and wasn’t reimagined as a film until a decade later, when he teamed up with Henry Selick and Danny Elfman. If you haven’t seen the flick (or simply just need a refresher), the story follows Jack Skellington of Halloweentown as he tries to replace Santa Claus after inadvertently discovering Christmastown.
Burton’s animated classic is frequently watched in anticipation of both holidays...but is it classified as a Halloween or Christmas movie? For example, should it be watched while organizing Halloween candy? Or should it be saved for a cold winter night spent by the Christmas tree with a cup of hot chocolate?
The answer? The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie. Allow us to explain.