Every child who watched Walt Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas while growing up can easily say they hoped that Halloweentown existed, and there would live their favorite characters: the whimsical patron spirit of the spooky holiday, Jack Skellington; the curious and rebellious rag doll, Sally; the overbearing wheelchair-bound mad scientist, Dr. Finkelstein; dead but still adorable, Zero the dog; villainous and iconic, Oogie Boogie Man, and many more.
This Tim Burton classic never fails to make list of best Halloween movies, and it’s easy to see why. The critically acclaimed masterpiece managed to create a gloomy yet funny, and most educational environment that will go down in Hollywood history. In this unique journey, an unlikely hero gives it his best shot to bring Christmas to his town but has a spectacular failure.
The flick uses the common gags of the two most popular holidays and tries to remind the audience that it’s never too late to better yourself. If Nightmare Before Christmas is one of your go-to films, you’ll probably be able to recite most of the dialogues and sing the songs perfectly from memory. And why wouldn’t you? It’s filled to the brim with catchy one-liners, beautiful melodies, and great characters that give meaning to the entire script.
There’s a lot of “conflict” among viewers about whether this is a movie suited more for Halloween or Christmas. For us, this is an every-season-on-repeat-holiday-movie that we will love and cherish forever. If you’ve watched the film and adored here, check out these 55 quotes from the Pumpkin King himself and many other quintessential characters and take a walk down memory lane (or not if you’re like us and watch this at every excuse).
Iconic Nightmare Before Christmas Quotes by Jack Skellington
He’s not like your regular protagonist. He might be lacking in flesh and organs, but this skeleton is one funky character. Halloweentown’s very own, Jack Skellington stumbles upon Christmas town and is completely enchanted. The journey sees him as he desperately tries to bring the festivities of the holiday to his hometown. However, what he absolutely doesn’t expect is all the restrictions as well as the tumultuous ups and downs. This romantic protagonist finds love within Sally and becomes quite a character too. You’re lying if you never wished you could conjure lines as iconic as this walking, talking skeleton.
“Since I am dead I can take off my head to recite Shakespearean quotations.”
“I’m a master of fright, and a demon of light, and I’ll scare you right out of your pants.”
“You know; I think this Christmas thing is not as tricky as it seems! But why should they have all the fun? It should belong to anyone! Not anyone, in fact, but me! Why, I could make a Christmas tree! And there’s not a reason I can find, I couldn’t have a Christmastime! I bet I could improve it, too! And that’s exactly what I’ll do!
“There’s children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads, they’re busy building toys and absolutely no one’s dead.”
“My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side, where we can gaze into the stars.”
“If they only understood, he’d give it all up, if he only could.”
“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!”
“I really tasted something swell, that’s right. And, for a moment, why, I even touched the sky and at least I left some stories they can tell.”
“No animal nor man can scream like I can, with the fury of my recitations!”
“Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?”
“My skull’s so full, it’s tearing me apart.”
“Oh, there’s an empty place in my bones, that calls out for something unknown.”
“Oh, somewhere deep inside of these bones, an emptiness began to grow.”
“And on a dark cold night, under full moonlight, he flies into the fog like a vulture in the sky!”
“The monsters are all missing and the nightmares can’t be found and in their place. There seems to be a good feeling all around.”
“Christmas time is buzzing in my skull.”
“And I just can’t wait until next Halloween ‘cause I’ve got some new ideas that will really make them scream. And by God, I’m really gonna give it all my might!”
“Leave that no-account Oogie Boogie out of this!”
“What’s this? What’s this?”
Best Nightmare Before Christmas by Sally, Oogie Boogie, and More
No matter how much the bag of bugs, Oogie Boogie, or the tyrannical Dr. Finkelstein may be, these characters bring “character” to the plot. This dark, gothic story would be incomplete without them, and it would be hollow without the endearing Sally. Here are some awesome quotes from these characters and many more that make them indispensable parts of the franchise.
“For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.” – Jack and Sally
“Kidnap the Sandy Claws, beat him with a stick. Lock him up for fifty years, see what makes him tick!” – Lock, Shock, and Barrel
“There’s only 365 days left until next Halloween!” “364!” – Mayor and Wolfman
“Nice work, bone daddy.” – Sax Player
“Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King!” — Corpses
“Life’s no fun without a good scare.” — Kids
“Naughty children never get any presents!” — Santa Claus
“Did anyone think to dredge the lake?”- The Mayor
“Jack, please, I’m only an elected official here. I can’t make decisions by myself!” — The Mayor
“I sense there’s something in the wind, that feels like tragedy’s at hand. And though I’d like to stand by him, can’t shake this feeling that we have. The worst is just around the bend, and does he notice my feelings for him? And will he see how much he means to me? I think it’s not to be.” – Sally
“Come with us and you will see, this, our town of Halloween!” — Shadows
“This is Halloween, everybody make a scene!” — Ghosts
“This is Halloween, this is Halloween! Pumpkins scream in the dead of night!” — Pumpkins
“I am the ‘who’ when you call, ‘Who’s there?’” — Ghoul
“Say it once, say it twice, take a chance, and roll the dice. Ride with the moon in the dead of night.” — Witches
“I might just spit a seam now if I don’t die laughing first!” — Oogie Boogie
“Won’t they be impressed? I am a genius! See how I transform this old rat into a most delightful hat.” — Harlequin Demon
“That’s twice this month you’ve slipped deadly nightshade into my tea and run off.” — Dr. Finkelstein
“I had the most terrible vision.” — Sally
“Jack said we should work together. Three of a kind. Birds of a feather. Now and forever!” — Lock, Stock and Barrel
“But it seems wrong to me. Very wrong.” — Sally
“Nothing’s more suspicious than frog’s breath!” — Dr. Finkelstein
“You’re jokin’, you’re jokin’! / I can’t believe my ears! / Would someone shut this fella up? / I’m drownin’ in my tears!” – Oogie Boogie
“I am the shadow on the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright.” — Oogie Boogie
“She’s the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum!” — Santa Claus
“The sound of rolling dice to me is music in the air, ’cause I’m a gambling Boogie Man, although I don’t play fair!” — Oogie Boogie
“I’m gonna do the best I can!” — Oogie Boogie
“Well, well, well. What have we here?” — Oogie Boogie
“Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” — Dr. Finklestein
“Jack! But they said you were dead. You must be double dead!” — Oogie Boogie
“I tromped through the pumpkin patch.” — Mr. Hyde
“Come with us and you will see, this, our town of Halloween.” – Shadows
“The worst is just around the bend.” — Sally
“You’ve poisoned me for the last time, you wretched girl!” — Dr. Finklestein
“What a joy to think of all we’ll have in common. We’ll have conversations worth having.” — Sally
“’Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems, in a place that perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams. For the story that you are about to be told took place in the holiday worlds of old. Now, you’ve probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven’t, I’d say it’s time you began.” — Santa Claus
We bet these quotes make you want to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas again. Whip out some lines to impress your friends, or use them for your next Instagram caption. Perfect for every occasion!