Mc Dowell and Burton experienced creative differences, which convinced Burton to make the film as a musical with lyrics and compositions by frequent collaborator Danny Elfman.
Every resident is assigned a task, while Sally, a beautiful rag doll woman, falls in love with Jack.
However, after a vision of a burning Christmas tree, she alone realizes that his plans to run Christmas will become disastrous, but has no luck convincing him.
Jack Skellington, a skeleton with the title of "Pumpkin King", leads them in organizing the annual Halloween holiday.
However, Jack reveals he has grown weary of the same routine year after year, and wants something new.
Jack assigns Lock, Shock and Barrel, a trio of mischievous trick-or-treating children, to abduct Santa and bring him back to Halloween Town.
Against Jack's wishes and largely for their amusement, the trio delivers Santa to Oogie Boogie, a gambling-addict bogeyman, who plots to play a game with Santa's life at stake.
Meanwhile, Sally attempts to free Santa, but is captured by Oogie.
Jack slips into the lair, frees them, and confronts Oogie.
However, they fail to grasp his meaning and compare everything to their ideas of Halloween.
Jack is dismayed that no one understands the feeling of Christmas, and obsessively studies the holiday but fails to find any further explanation of it.
Wandering dejectedly in the woods, he stumbles across seven trees containing doors leading to towns representing various holidays, and accidentally opens a portal to Christmas Town.