There are some great family movies to watch this Halloween. One of them is sure to be The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Just like with the debate over whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not, there’s a debate over The Nightmare Before Christmas being a Halloween movie or not. Is it one to watch this time of year, or should you wait until closer to Christmas to watch it.
Of course, if you’re anything like me and my family, you won’t really care. You’ll watch a movie whenever you want and can. If you want to watch this Tim Burton movie for Halloween, what’s stopping you?
The Nightmare Before Christmas is technically a Christmas movie
The clue to this movie is in the title. It says that it’s the nightmare before “Christmas,” which suggests that it’s a Christmas movie. In fact, the start of the movie is at the end of Halloween and Jack Skellington wanting to do something different. He decides to take over Christmas.
We get to see the lead-up to Christmas and then the way that Jack takes over. We see the fear on everyone’s faces as they open gifts, expecting them to be the joyful ones only to end up with horror ones. So, yes, it is technically a Christmas movie.
Of course, this looks at Halloween, too. It comes off the back of that holiday, and there is plenty of horror involved as Jack tries to put his own take on Christmas. That could make it a Halloween movie for a lot of people. If you look at Disney+, you’ll likely see it within a Halloween collection of content since it is so popular this time of the year.
Either way, it’s a great movie. It has some wonderful songs, and it brings a reminder that every holiday has its place and requires its own traditions. And who doesn’t love Zero?
The Nightmare Before Christmas is available to stream on Disney+.