and the air had quite a chill.
Against the moon a skeleton sat,
alone apon a hill.
He was tall and thin, with a bat bow tie;
Jack Skellington was his name.
He was tired and bored in Halloweenland.
Everything was always the same.
"I'm sick of the scaring, the terror, the fright
I'm tired of being something that goes bump in the night.
I'm bored with leering my horrible glances,
and my feet hurt from dancing those skeleton dances.
I don't like graveyards, and I need something new,
There must be more to life than just yelling 'Boo!'"
Than out of the grave, with a curl and a twist,
Came a whimpering, whinning, spectral mist.
It was a little ghost dog, with a faint little bark.
And a jack-o'-latern nose that glowed in the dark.
It was Jack's dog Zero, the best friend he had,
But Jack hardly noticed, which made Zero sad.
All that night, and through the next day,
Jack wandered and walked.
He was filled with dismay.
Then deep in the forest, just before night,
Jack came apon an amazing site.
Not twenty feet from the spot where he stood,
Were three massive doorways carved in wood.
He stood before them, completely in awe,
His gaze transfixed by one special door.
Entraced and exicted, with a slight sense of worry,
Jack opened the door, to a white windy flurry.
Jack didn't know it, but he had fallen down,
In the middle of a place called Christmas Town!
Immersed in the light, Jack no longer was haunted,
He finally found the feeling he wanted.
And so that his friends wouldn't think him a liar,
He took the present filled stockings that hung by the fire.
He took candy and toys that were stacked on the shelves.
And a picture of Santa with all of his elves.
He took lights and ornaments and the star of the tree,
And from the Christmas Town sign he took the big letter C!
He picked up everything that sparkled or glowed,
He even picked up a handful of snow.
He grabbed it all, and without being seen,
He took it all back to Halloween.
Back in Halloween a group of Jacks peers,
Stared in amazement at his Christmas souvenirs.
For this wonderous vision no one was prepared.
Most were excited, but a few were quite scared!
For the next few days while it lightninged and thundered,
Jack sat alone and obsessively wondered.
"Why is it they get to spread laughter and cheer
while we stalk the graveyards, spreading panic and fear?
Well I could be Santa, and I could spread cheer!
Why does he get to do it year after year?"
Outraged by this, Jack thought and he thought,
Than he got an idea. "Yes... yes... why not?"
In Christmas town, Santa was making some toys.
When through the din, he heard a soft noise.
He answered the door, and to his surprise,
He saw weird little creatures in strange disguise.
They were all together ugly and rather petite.
As they opened their sacks, they yelled "Trick or treat!"
Then a confused Santa was shoved in a sack,
And taken to Halloween to see mastermind Jack.
In Halloween everyone gathered once more,
For they'd never seen a Santa before.
As they cautiously gazed at this strange old man
Jack related to Santa, his masterful plan:
"My dead Mr Claus, I think it's a crime,
That you've got to be Santa all of the time!
But now I will give presents, and I will spread cheer.
Were changing places, I'm Santa this year.
It is I who will say Merry Christmas to you!
So you may lie in my coffin, creak doors, and yell, 'Boo!'
And please, Mr Claus, dont' feel ill of my plan
For I'll do the best Santa job that I can."
And though Jack and his friends thought they'd do a good job,
Their idea of Christmas was still quite macabre.
They were packed up and ready on Christmas Eve day,
When Jack hitched his reindeer on his sleek coffin sleigh,
But on Christmas Eve, as they were about to begin,
A Halloween fog slowly rolled in.
Jack said, "We can't leave, this fogs just to thick.
There will be no Christmas, and I can't be St. Nick."
Then a small glowing light pierced through the fog,
What could it be?..... It was Zero, Jacks dog!
Jack said 'Zero, with your nose so bright,
wont you guide my sleigh tonight?"
And to be needed was Zero's great dream,
So he joyously flew to the head of the team.
And as the skeletal sleigh started it's ghostly flight,
Jack cackled, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
Twas the nightmare before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was peaceful, not even a mouse.
The stockings all hung by the chimney with care,
When opened that morning would cause quite a scare!
The children, all nestled so snug in their beds,
Would have nightmare of Monsters and Skeleton heads!
The moon that hung over new fallen snow,
Cast an eerie pall over the city below.
And Santa Claus's laughter now sounded like groans,
and the jingling bells like chattering bones.
And what to their wondering eyes should appear?
But a coffin sleigh and skeleton reindeer!
And a skeletal driver so ugly and sick,
They knew in a moment, that can't be Saint Nick!
From house to house, with a true sense of joy,
Jack happily issued each present and toy.
From rooftop to rooftop he jumped and he skipped,
Leaving presents that seemed to be straight from the crypt!
Unaware that the world was in panic and fear,
Jack merrily spread his own brand of cheer.
He visted the house of Sue and Dave,
They got a Gumby and Pokey from the grave.
Then to the home of little Jen Neeman,
She got a baby doll possessed by a demon.
A monsterous train with tentacle tracks,
A ghoulish puppet wielding an axe.
A man eating plant disgusted as a wreath,
And a vampire teddy bear with very sharp teeth.
There were screams of terror, but Jack didn't hear it.
He was much too involved in his own Christmas spirit!
Jack finally looked down from his dark, starry frights
and saw the commontion, the noise and the light.
"Why, they're celebrating, it looks like such fun!
They're thanking me for the good job that I've done."
But what he thought were fireworks, meant as goodwill,
Were bullets and missiles intended to kill!
Than admist the barrage of artillary fire,
Jack urged Zero to go higher and higher.
And away they all flew like a storm in a thistle,
Until they were hit by a well guided missile.
As they fell on a cemetary, and way out of sight,
Was heard, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!"
Jack pulled himself up on a large stone cross,
And from there he reviewed his incredible loss.
"I thought I could be Santa, I had such belief"
Jack was confused, and filled with great grief.
Not knowing were to turn, he looked to the sky,
Than he slumped on the grave and started to cry.
And as Zero and Jack lay crumpled on the ground,
They suddenly heard a familiar sound.
"My dear Jack, I appluad your intent.
I know wreaking such havoc was not what you meant.
And so you are feeling sad and quite blue,
But taking over Christmas was the wrong thing to do.
I hope you realize Halloween is the right place for you,
There's a lot more Jack, that I'd like to say,
But now I must hurry, for it's almost Christmas day!"
Then he jumped in his sleigh, and with a wink of his eye,
He said, "Merry Christmas." and he bid them goodbye.
Jack was sad.
But then, like a dream,
Santa brought Christmas To Halloween.