- Even “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) superfans may not have noticed these details.
- Many of the decorations around Halloween Town are made from coffins, spiders, and pumpkins.
- There are also references to classic Christmas stories, like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
The first ghost appears to be pretty classically shaped, and the second looks like a dog or werewolf. But the third ghost, which is the eeriest of the three, seems to be a two-headed woman, or maybe a set of conjoined twins.
Although most viewers probably picked up on his character’s head-swiveling design being a play on the phrase “two-faced politicians,” some may have missed that his tie is a spider.
Similarly, Jack’s tie is shaped like a bat.
The Dark Lagoon leeches also receive an honorable mention for the same award.
This seems to be a not-so-subtle reference to the well-known scene in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” where the titular prince holds a skull while reciting his “To be, or not to be” soliloquy.
When the Mayor visits Jack, he rings the doorbell by pulling on a dead spider attached to a pulley. The doorbell sounds like a woman’s scream, and the knob is an eyeball.
This, combined with the Mayor literally being “two-faced,” adds to the satirical nature of the character.
During the meeting, Jack speaks at a podium in the shape of a coffin. The curtain hanging behind him seems to be decorated with broken hearts that have been stitched back together.
Viewers can clearly see the phrases “sugar plum visions” and “egg nog” at the top of the board, and underneath, he divides “chestnuts” over “open fire.”
The date “12.25.93” is also a reference to the year the movie came out.
This matches his gate, which has a jack-o’-lantern design on the top of it — all appropriately spooky features for the Pumpkin King’s house.
This is likely a pun on the phrase “lock, stock, and barrel,” which informally refers to a complete set of something, but the phrase itself is also a reference to various parts of a gun.
As the three characters are never seen without each other, and work together to cause chaos, their names suit them well.
The floor itself looks like a roulette wheel, with unlucky symbols on the slotted spaces such as a black cat and the number 13. There are also skeleton dice with skulls on them, and the middle of the roulette wheel features an oversized eight ball as well.
Later, when the town members are shown making toys for Christmas, the same witch is making a set of nesting dolls, which is pretty fitting given her situation.
If viewers look closely, they can see that the speech is actually written out, word for word, on the paper.
This was actually foreshadowed earlier in the movie when Jack was reading the “Rudolph” book.
The top has an opening, and viewers can even see that satin-looking fabric inside resembles that of most real coffins. The front of the sleigh also features metal teeth, and it’s being pulled by reindeer skeletons.
However, when Jack first arrives, a grandmother can be seen reading to children in front of a fire, so there appears to only be a certain generation of adults who get blocked.