39 Iconic Nightmare Before Christmas Quotes

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Is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? We argue it’s a year-round movie. But really it doesn’t matter because these Nightmare Before Christmas quotes prove it’s a timeless classic!

nightmare before christmas quotes

The film was based on a three-page poem that Tim Burton wrote while working for Disney. The 1993 film turned into an instant cult classic.

This dark fantasy story follows the King of “Halloween Town,” Jack Skellington, and his accidental awareness of “Christmas Town.” He’s drawn to the much more colorful town and wants to spread that same joy.

Nightmare Before Christmas Quotes

nightmare before christmas quotes

Jack Skellington Quotes

1. “Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!”

2. “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!”

3. “Oh, there’s an empty place in my bones, that calls out for something unknown.”

4. “My skull’s so full, it’s tearing me apart.”

5. “Leave that no-account Oogie Boogie out of this!”

6. “I’m a master of fright, and a demon of light, and I’ll scare you right out of your pants.”

7. “My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side, where we can gaze into the stars.”

8. “Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?” 

9. “Since I am dead I can take off my head to recite Shakespearean quotations.”

10. “There are children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads, they’re busy building toys and absolutely no one’s dead.”

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11. “What’s this? What’s this?”

12. “If they only understood, he’d give it all up, if he only could.”

13. “No animal nor man can scream like I can, with the fury of my recitations!”

14. “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.”

15. “For it is plain, as anyone can see. We’re simply meant to be.”

16. “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!”

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Sally Quotes

17. “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.”

18. “What a joy to think of all we’ll have in common. We’ll have conversations worth having.”

Oogie Boogie Quotes

19. “Jack! But they said you were dead. You must be double dead!”

20. “Well, well, well. What have we here?”

21. “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!”

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22. “You’re jokin’, you’re jokin’! I can’t believe my ears! Would someone shut this fella up? I’m drowning in my tears!”

23. “I am the shadow on the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright.” 

24. “I might just spit a seam now if I don’t die laughing first!”

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Other Nightmare Before Christmas Quotes

25. “There’s only 365 days left until next Halloween!” — The Mayor

26. “Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” – Dr. Finklestein

27. “Jack said we should work together. Three of a kind. Birds of a feather. Now and forever!” – Lock, Stock, and Barrel

28. “Nice work, Bone Daddy!” — Saxophonist

29. “She’s the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum!” — Santa Claus

30. “Nothing’s more suspicious than frog’s breath!” — Dr. Finkelstein

31. “That’s twice this month you’ve slipped deadly nightshade into my tea and run off.” — Dr. Finkelstein

32. “Say it once, say it twice, take a chance, and roll the dice. Ride with the moon in the dead of night.” — Witches

33. “This is Halloween, this is Halloween! Pumpkins scream in the dead of night!” — Pumpkins

34. “This is Halloween, everybody make a scene!” — Ghosts

35. “Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King!” — Corpses

36. “I am the ‘who’ when you call, ‘Who’s there?'” — Ghoul

37. “Life’s no fun without a good scare.” — Kids

38. “Come with us and you will see, this, our town of Halloween!” — Shadows

39. “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

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Ashley Hubbard is a writer, photographer, and blogger based in Nashville, Tennessee. When she's not searching out the strange and unusual things in life, she's searching out vegan food and is passionate about sustainability, animal rights, and social justice.

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