Happy Halloween everyone, and happy Movie Friday! We hope your plastic, hollowed out jack-o-lanterns are filled to the brim with fun-sized candy bars (and no pennies, or toothbrushes, or other crap) when you go trick-or-treating tonight. We also hope that when you get back home and settle in for the night, you’ll grab a a popcorn ball and watch one of our favorite Halloween classics: The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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If you’ve never seen this Tim Burton classic (where the heck have you been?), here’s the gist of it: Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman and Chris Sarandon) is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. As King, Jack is in charge of preparing the citizens—which consist of vampires and werewolves and witches and every sort of monster you could imagine—for the holiday. But after years of planning the same event, Jack has grown bored.

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While meandering through the forest, Jack stumbles upon a group of doors, each leading to another holiday. Somehow, the door to Christmas Town gets opened, and Jack finds himself in a snow-covered world with stockings above fireplaces, trees in living rooms, and presents for children.

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Feeling inspired, when he returns to Halloween Town, Jack calls a town meeting. He tells the citizens about Christmas, and gives each resident a job to do to get the town ready for their own version of this new holiday. Since Halloween is all that the town’s monsters have ever know, and since they couldn’t seen Christmas Town for themselves, they have a hard time getting ready for it.

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Jack’s intentions may be innocent, but he’s too short-sighted to see how badly things are turning out. The only one who questions the logic of the scheme is Sally (Catherin O’Hara), a rag doll woman created by the local mad scientist, who also happens to be in love with Jack.

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To tell you any more would be to spoil the plot. If you want to know how it ends, we suggest you give The Nightmare Before Christmas a watch. It’s the perfect way to end a day of candy binging.

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