This Is Halloween

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"This Is Halloween"
Song by the cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas
from the album The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
PublishedBuena Vista Music Company
ReleasedOctober 12, 1993
LabelWalt Disney Records
Songwriter(s)Danny Elfman
Producer(s)Danny Elfman

"This Is Halloween" is a song from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas, with music and lyrics written by Danny Elfman. In the film it is performed by the residents of the fictional "Halloween Town", which is the film's main setting, and introduces the town's Halloween-centered lifestyle. The song is featured in both HalloWishes at the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland's Halloween Screams. In Calaway Park, it is featured in the haunted mansion. It is also used as the background music for the Halloween Town world in the video game Kingdom Hearts. The song is featured in the video game Just Dance 3.

International versions[edit]

Differently from the vast majority of Disney movies, in several countries The Nightmare Before Christmas was released only with subtitles, since the movie was originally thought to be "too dark and scary for kids",[1] and was thus released as a product for adults. However, some countries did rerecord the song anyway, along with the whole movie, in their own languages.


"This Is Halloween" was covered by the band Marilyn Manson in 2006 for the special edition release of the film's soundtrack and subsequently included on the 2008 cover album, Nightmare Revisited. The song was also covered by Panic! at the Disco for the 2006 soundtrack reissue.[2][3] On the 2011 album V-Rock Disney, which features visual kei artists covering Disney songs, Sadie covered this song. In 2014, Jonathan Young and Travis Carte covered this song for the album Young Does Disney 1. The official video, as of August 24, has just over 2 million views and 40k likes.[4]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Collura, By Scott. "The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D: 13 Years and Three Dimensions Later". IGN. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  2. ^ Nagy, Evie (2006-10-11). "Manson, Fiona, Fall Out Boy Revisit 'Nightmare'". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Montgomery, James (2008-08-28). "Fall Out Boy, Panic, Marilyn Manson Add To New 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Soundtrack". MTV. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  4. ^ Young, Jonathan (2014-10-23). "This is Halloween // Jonathan Young METAL/ROCK COVER". Youtube. Retrieved August 24, 2018.