With the plethora of Christmas movies deluging Hallmark channels AND Lifetime, what to do on Halloween? Watch a favorite movie of Virginia’s that combines BOTH!
Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Who says Christmas has the corner on happily-ever-afters, what about Halloween?
Sometimes the heroines of Christmas movies seem a bit too perfect, like fairy tale princesses. And their ‘princes’? Ditto.
In our go-to fairy tales (and costume considerations for Halloween) I never resonated with Cinderella (glass slippers = uncomfortable), Snow White (too beautiful to be seen), or Sleeping Beauty (wake up, wake UP!) But, I will always love Sally in “The Nightmare Before Christmas” because she loves Jack Skellington and I’ve been crushing on him for years!
Sally keeps it together by a thread (literally) as she rushes to save Santa Claus from Oogie Boogie when Jack Skellington is busy taking over Santa’s Christmas duties and botching it up a bit.
Woah, maybe I better back up for those of you unfamiliar with this Tim Burton movie that came out in 1993 and resonated with me, mightily (seen 4 times in the theater whilst living overseas.)
After presiding over a roaring successful Halloween, restless Jack Skellington (my kind of prince, actually a king – the Pumpkin King) stumbles into Christmas Town where he is bedazzled by everything Christmas. Returning home, he galvanizes the goblins and ghouls of Halloween to take over Christmas (including kidnapping Santa Claus.)
That is the basic story line (no spoilers, here) loaded with hysterical fun. It’s been one of my favorite movies for years and years.
Sally is my kinda heroine. Patched zig-zaggedly with stuffing occasionally coming out, she sews herself back together and does her bit saving the day, in between always being there for Jack Skellington.
Skellington Jack, the Pumpkin King!! Misguided, misdirected, misunderstood, possibly mistaken, but committed…
My dearest friend, if you don’t mind…
I’d like to join you by your side.
Where we can gaze into the stars…
And sit together, now and forever.
For it is plain, as anyone can see.
We’re simply meant to be.
If you haven’t seen “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” give it a look-see and have a Happy Halloween!
Virginia : )
p.s. Here’s a YouTube of the original movie trailer from 1993…