In a nutshell, this is a setting with an exaggeratedly 'Halloweeny' theme.
It's a setting that usually has a variety of horror monsters as the inhabitants. Expect the sky to be perpetually night or overcast, and the buildings to be a dingy gray. The water is often a vibrant green tone. The main colours are usually black, gray, orange and sickly greens. Despite these somber colours, this setting is not played solemnly. Imagine the Perky Goth
character as a setting, and you've got this place.
This kind of setting is not usually scary, or at least not intentionally so. It's intended to be somewhat playful and fun. A good well to tell if a series is set in a place like this is if there are jack-o-lanterns and it's not Halloween, although it's not a prerequisite.
Named for the main town in The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Trope Namer, the aforementioned Nightmare Before Christmas, along with it's spiritual successor, Corpse Bride
- The Halloweentown series of movies, notably the titular town is unusually bright and cheery.
- The Addams Family, along with the similarly themed show, The Munsters
- Ruby Gloom is set here.
- Casper's Scare School has it's school here.
- A popular setting in video games. Haunted House on the Atari is one of the first arguably set here.
- Super Mario World has an unlockable skin that turns the game into this is you can beat the special stages.
- Pumpkin Hill, Aquatic Mine, and several other levels in Sonic Adventure 2.
- Mad Monster Mansion in Banjo Kazooie
- The entirety of Luigi's Mansion
- Niffleheim in the somewhat obscure MMO Angels Online
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