Is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” a Christmas or Halloween Movie?

Image courtesy of IMDb

Image courtesy of IMDb

Ava Casey, Contributor

The spooky season is upon us! Which means that it’s time for the age-old debate of whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is truly a Christmas or Halloween movie- and there is plenty of evidence for either argument.


Personally, I think it’s definitely a Halloween movie. It mainly takes place in Halloween Town, and the characters are typical Halloween characters. Plus, most Tim Burton films are Halloween films, so it really wouldn’t make sense for it to be a Christmas movie. Even the director of the film, Henry Selick, agrees. In a Q&A at the Telluride Horror Show film festival in Colorado, he states, “It’s a Halloween Movie.”


There is also a strong argument for the Team Christmas side of the debate. The movie is primarily set during the Christmas season, Santa makes an appearance, and there are themes of “Christmas Spirit”, which is commonly found in most Christmas movies. Christmas is even in the title!


Although there are good points for both sides, I think the general consensus is that it’s a Halloween movie. In a poll on The Breeze’s Instagram page, 77% of voters were Team Halloween, while only 23% were for Team Christmas. So, what do you think? Are you Team Halloween, Team Christmas, or neither?