45+ 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Quotes For A Spooky & Merry Time

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Christmas may be the merriest season, but for some of us, Halloween is truly what makes autumn special. And so it was for that niche crowd that famed director Tim Burton offered up the gift that is The Nightmare Before Christmas back in 1993. The instantly iconic and visually captivating animation combined the spirit of Christmas with all the dead spirits of Halloween, earning instant cult classic status.

This dark fantasy tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of “Halloween Town,” and his accidental introduction to the much happier and colorful “Christmas Town.” With the warmth of the season seeping into his heart, Jack sets out to spread the joy of Christmas to all. Obviously, hilarity and mischief ensue, and Santa Claus gets abducted in the process. But alls well that ends well: Jack fixes his own mess and cheer is spread to all.

For those who want to relive the magic and spookiness of this movie, we have gone ahead and rounded up the best Nightmare Before Christmas quotes. Of course, we can’t solve the decades-long debate of whether this is a Halloween or Christmas movie, but we can offer Halloween riddles and Christmas jokes in lieu. Who says you can only enjoy one? Spooky Christmas to all!

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Iconic Nightmare Before Christmas Quotes

  1. “Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!” — Jack Skellington
  2. “My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side, where we can gaze into the stars.” — Jack Skellington
  3. “’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
  4. “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.” — Jack Skellington
  5. “Jack said we should work together. Three of a kind. Birds of a feather. Now and forever!” — Lock, Shock, and Barrel
  6. “What a joy to think of all we’ll have in common. We’ll have conversations worth having.” — Sally
  7. “No animal nor man can scream like I can, with the fury of my recitations!” — Jack Skellington
  8. “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
  9. “Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?” — Jack Skellington
  10. “My skull’s so full, it’s tearing me apart.” — Jack Skellington
  11. “Naughty children never get any presents!” —Santa Claus
  12. “I’m a master of fright, and a demon of light, and I’ll scare you right out of your pants.” — Jack Skellington
  13. “I am the shadow on the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright.” — Oogie Boogie
  14. “And on a dark cold night, under full moonlight, he flies into the fog like a vulture in the sky!” — Jack Skellington
  15. “Life’s no fun without a good scare.” — Child Trio
  16. “Nothing’s more suspicious than frog’s breath!” — Dr. Finkelstein
  17. “There are children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads, they’re busy building toys and absolutely no one’s dead.” — Jack Skellington
  18. “Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” — Dr. Finklestein
  19. “She’s the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum!” — Santa Claus
  20. “This is Halloween, this is Halloween. Pumpkins scream in the dead of night.” — Pumpkins
  21. “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!” — Jack Skellington
  22. “Jack, please, I’m only an elected official here. I can’t make decisions by myself!” — The Mayor
  23. “What have I done? What have I done? How could I be so blind? All is lost. Where was I? Spoiled all! Spoiled all! Everything’s gone all wrong. What have I done? What have I done? Find a deep cave to hide in. In a million years, they’ll find me. Only dust, and a plaque that reads: ‘Here Lies Poor Old Jack’.” — Jack Skellington
  24. “Christmas time is buzzing in my skull.” — Jack Skellington
  25. “Come with us and you will see, this, our town of Halloween.” — Shadows
  26. “This is Halloween, everybody make a scene.” — Ghosts
  27. “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!” — Jack Skellington
  28. “Nice work, Bone Daddy!” — Sax Player
  29. “Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” — Dr. Finklestein
  30. “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
  31. “I am the ‘who’ when you call ‘Who’s there?” — Ghoul
  32. “You can make other creations! I’m restless. I can’t help it.” — Sally
  33. “Since I am dead I can take off my head to recite Shakespearean quotations.” — Jack Skellington
  34. “And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King, have grown so tired of the same old thing.” — Jack Skellington
  35. “I hope there’s still time.” — Jack Skellington
  36. “Oh, somewhere deep inside of these bones. an emptiness began to grow.” — Jack Skellington
  37. “For it is plain, as anyone can see. We’re simply meant to be.” — Jack to Sally
  38. “I’m gonna do the best I can!” — Oogie Boogie
  39. “Jack! But they said you were dead. You must be double dead!” — Oogie Boogie
  40. “There are only 365 days left until next Halloween!” — The Mayor
  41. “Say it once, say it twice, take a chance, and roll the dice. Ride with the moon in the dead of night.” — Witches
  42. “Oh, there’s an empty place in my bones, that calls out for something unknown.” — Jack Skellington
  43. “I might just spit a seam now if I don’t die laughing first!” — Oogie Boogie
  44. “Won’t they be impressed? I am a genius! See how I transform this old rat into a most delightful hat.” — Demon
  45. Jack Skellington: “And one more thing…” (stops Barrel from leaving)

Jack Skellington: “Leave that no-account Oogie-Boogie out of this!” Barrel: “Whatever you say, Jack.” Shock: “Of course, Jack.” Lock: “Wouldn’t dream of it, Jack.”

  1. Kid: “Santa?”

Jack Skellington: “Merry Christmas! And what is your name?” Kid: “Uh… uh…” Jack Skellington: “That’s all right. I have a present for you, anyway. There ya go, sonny! Ho ho ho! HEEHEEHEE!” (slips out the chimney)

  1. Mother: “And what did Santa bring you, honey? (kid shows parents his present — a shrunken head; parents scream)

Jack Skellington: (flying away) Merry Christmas!

  1. Jack Skellington: “No, Zero. Down, boy… My, what a brilliant nose you have. The better to light my way! You’re the head of the team, Zero!”

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