Every year, so many people look forward to October as it is the month of Halloween. It’s the time of year where we can put up decorations of witches and ghosts, carve Jack-o-lanterns on pumpkin, and have scary movie marathons with our family and friends.
A particular movie this blog post is about, is one (if not, THE one) I always look forward to seeing every year for Halloween and Christmas (yes, it is both a Halloween and Christmas movie!). The Nightmare Before Christmas is insanely famous for its unusual and creepy characters, catchy songs, it’s bony protagonist Jack Skellington, the famous Pumpkin King, its use of both the Halloween and Christmas holidays, and most of it, its beautiful love story between Jack and Sally.
I have always adored this movie ever since I was little. But I believe I was never truly in love with it until I got together with my boyfriend, which was 5 years ago. Ever since the beginning, we’ve called ourselves Jack and Sally because our love story was literally just the same. I was the one who stood by and watched him from afar while I wondered if I would ever be with my crush. Eventually, like Jack Skellington, he noticed me at the end and we were, well…”simply meant to be.”
Every year since we got together, we’ve always had a tradition of going to see The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. It was always a treat for me because I had never visited the theater before then. Every year in October it would always be our date night.
So this past weekend, we went to see the movie at the El Capitan Theater as it was only showing for one week. We wore our specially ordered “His Sally” “Her Jack” especially for this occasion. We usually get there hours before the movie starts and roam around the Hollywood area a bit. We had a rather delicious dinner at California Pizza Kitchen and looked around the shops. I personally cherish all the dates I have with my boyfriend. I enjoy his company and we have such a great time together. There’s not a day that goes by that he doesn’t make me laugh.
We got inside the theater just in time for the movie to start. He was a tad bit worried of what I might think of our seats, as they were sort of off to the side. The middle seats were already taken when he paid for the tickets and I’m assuming it’s because of the limited time showing. I waved it off and assured him it was completely fine. I love that he still cares about what I think. But it really wasn’t a problem. We saw the movie just perfectly.
Every year I have an incredible time, despite seeing the movie so many times already. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m always silently singing along to the songs, or watching our love story on the screen, or just enjoying the company of my man. It doesn’t hurt that the 4D effects always amaze me, even if they’re not much as people would think.
I went home that night with a big grin on my face, still singing “This Is Halloween” with the creatures of Halloween Town.
I went to bed that night, knowing the next day would be an even bigger day in Halloween Town and Christmas Land.
I had the privilege of going to see Danny Elfman, the creator of the music and lyrics of The Nightmare Before Christmas, live in concert at The Hollywood Bowl. I would always see ads of his shows for the movie on Facebook and think “If only I could go!” I never thought I would be able to, but I finally had my chance.
I had my Jack by my side again, along with his sister and brother-in-law. It was a very nice double date to be quite honest. But worry struck me as I thought of the possibility of rain showers during the night. This was not good, for the Hollywood Bowl theater is outside. I kept hoping and praying rain would not see the dark of night so as long as I was at the theater.
We started off our day at going to Hollywood Burger for lunch/dinner. I had never been there before but it was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it. After that, we parked at the LA Zoo and took the shuttle to the Hollywood Bowl. The parking there is murderous so we didn’t dare take the car to the lot.
We made sure we were bundled up and brought jackets and blankets. I had my uggs on with my warm trench coat and Jack Skellington scarf I bought from Disneyland. So I was pretty warm for most of the night.
I kept jumping in my seat, waiting eagerly for the show to start. I couldn’t believe I was there. It was so beautiful and there was so much people! I knew this was going to be one hell of an amazing night.
The show basically consisted of the orchestra playing the score of The Nightmare Before Christmas while the movie played on several screens for the audience. Some of the voice actors of the creatures of Halloween Town came out to sing the songs. My eyes were glued to the stage by this part. But the audience, including me, went completely wild when Danny Elfman came on stage to reprise his role as the singing voice of Jack Skellington (as well as Barrel).
I’ve been a huge fan of Danny Elfman for awhile now. He’s a great performer and an even better composter. It was such a treat to see him live onstage embodying Jack Skellington as he sang the songs. I heard this year was the first they also featured other voice actors, such as Catherine O-Hara as Sally and Shock, Paul Reuben as Lock, and Ken Page as Oogie Boogie.
How incredible was that? Let me tell you.
The whole night was full of singing along, listening to the orchestra, and seeing the movie again! I can’t express how much I loved seeing the voice actors bring their characters to life. However, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie was probably the second best thing. He LITERALLY WAS Oogie Boogie! It’s like I was hearing the exact voice from the movie. He gave me chills because he was JUST. THAT. GOOD. He put in so much emotion that when he was done, I was completely depressed.
The best thing of all though, besides seeing Danny Elfman, was seeing him AND Catherine O-Hara perform Jack and Sally’s little love song. I swear, I had tears in my eyes. I just loved seeing them bring my love story to life. I choked in my tears as I stood up with the audience to give them a round of applause, not just for their performance, but for the whole show. They both put in so much emotion that they were LITERALLY Jack and Sally.
On the drive back home, all I kept thinking was, “I am so lucky.” This might not mean anything to some of you, but it meant the whole world to me. The Nightmare Before Christmas has always been, and will always be, mine and my boyfriend’s movie. It’s what brought us closer. So seeing the voice actors live singing the songs was something I always thought I would see in a dream. But it happened. It actually happened!!! I don’t think I would ever get another opportunity like this. So I’m grateful that this was my chance.
Even though I didn’t do anything for Halloween (I really don’t do much anymore), my Nightmare Before Christmas weekend made up for it. I honestly don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if my boyfriend wasn’t there with me. He’s my other half, my Jack Skellington. It would feel so unusual if he was not there beside me. But thankfully he was. We got to share both the El Capitan and The Hollywood Bowl experience together. It was definitely one of the best weekends I’ve ever had.
So now, Halloween has come and gone. But now, Christmas is coming up soon. And I know I will be watching the movie yet again for the Christmas land adventure with Sandy Claws.