The script to
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
'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 begun.
This Is Halloween
Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween
PUMPKIN PATCH CHORUS
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween
CREATURE UNDER BED
I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red
MAN UNDER THE STAIRS
Scene 1. TITLE SEQUENCE
Darkness. Then, a burst of sparks from a bowl held in a scaly hand.
The light shows us a mural. We start to move along the wall. First we
see stars and planets, painted in a primitive, stylized fashion on
bare rock. A voice on the track speaks softly to us.
VOICE: We did not always live in hiding.
We have come to the image of a huge family tree, which springs from
a single seed but divides into two separate halves. On the left,
ruled by the moon, the branches blossom into extraordinary creatures.
On the right, by sunlight, the branches end in ordinary human beings.