Halloween Trick or Treat in Lamoni begins October 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and continues at the Coliseum on Halloween night with one showing of Nightmare Before Christmas at 9:00 p.m. “Tickets are seven dollars, except anyone who dresses up will pay only five dollars,” says Melinda Graham, Graceland University Student Activities Office Manager.
Just in time for the season, The Nightmare Before Christmas, first shown in 1993, returns for its 23rd year in this unnerving mix of Halloween and Christmas. Bored with his perennial role as Halloween Town’s frightening Pumpkin King and determined to shake things up, Jack Skellington wanders off and discovers the cheerful village of Christmas Town. The movie tells the story of an attempt by Halloween to annex Christmas.
One critic comments that, “in the … years, since it was released to a predictably puzzled family audience, Tim Burton’s macabre stop-motion musical, has wound its way through cult affection (and survived mall-Goth appropriation) to earn its rightful place as a genuine classic.” Another comments, “the hippest of all holiday classics, the 1993 release rendered anew in 3-D format remains a postmodern three-ring circus of morbid humor, eye-popping puppet animation, and show-stopping songs.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas is rated PG (parental guidance suggested – some of its creepier imagery is apt to disturb small children) and runs for 75 minutes.
“Join the Coliseum staff who will be dressed up in their ghoulish best,” Graham said, “and creep out in the theater made over for the night. It should be a fun night so be prepared to oooh and boo with the crowd!”
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