* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: All of the game's dance battles, but ''A Filthy Finale'' is generally agreed to be the best of the bunch.
* CultClassic: Like its source material, it has a solid fanbase who enjoy its atmosphere and mechanics, even if it overall doesn't measure up to the original.
* FridgeHorror: Most of Halloween Town's residents are absent from the game. At one point, it's suggested that they're just hiding from Oogie, though it's not out of the question that he double-killed some of them during his takeover.
* GameBreaker: Jack's Pumpkin King form's ability to spread flame is already handy against clearing enemies, but it is very effective against most bosses, especially if one were to use a cheat code to make it so that Jack's Pumpkin King form has infinite power.
** Every time you grab something with the Soul Robber, (the main weapon in the game), Jack yells out "Soul Robber!". Every. Single. Time.
** The announcer at the end of every chapter: "CLEAR TIME! COMBO! DAMAGE! EXCLAMATION POINT COUNT! NIGHTMARE RANK! SOUL BONUS!"
* MostWonderfulSound: Racking up combos gets Jack to declare such things as ''Spine Tingling!'' ''BONE CHILLING!'' There's a wonderful energy to it that makes you feel like you're doing a great job. Even better is when you get it up to ''Horror Show'' and ''Pumpkin King''.
* NarmCharm: The very basic plot wouldn't feel out of place in a fanfic, the writing and dialogue can feel very forced at times, and the game's tone never quite seems to match up with the original film. Ultimately, though, the game itself is very solid, and seeing the characters in action again is extremely satisfying.
* NightmareFuel: Not as bad as the original movie, but not without its moments.
** Oogie controls Dr. Finkelstein by replacing his brain with...something else. A green brain with eyes at the front.
** Oogie's lair. Bad enough in the film, but it's apparently been expanded into a massive combination between a casino and hell itself.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: Thankfully, while ratings are around the 6-7/10 range, there's a large bit of CriticalDissonance, as user ratings are around the 7-8 range.
* TearJerker: The reprise of "Sally's Song", where Sally laments everyone in Halloween Town being deceived by Oogie and Jack tries to assure her that everything will be alright.
* ThatOneBoss: The final battle against Oogie can be particularly grating, especially the RhythmGame finale, since this time screwing up the button prompts causes Jack to lose health, resulting in death if the player screws up too often.
** Oogie kidnaps five other holiday leaders aside from Santa, and you spend the game collecting Holiday doors. No, you don't get to visit St. Patrick's Town or Valentines Day Land.
** The game is kicked off when Jack leaves for two months to find new and interesting discoveries to improve next year's Halloween. When he comes back, his mission is never brought up again, and we never find out if he did find anything while he was gone.
** While remixing the musical numbers from the film is part of the whole point, some fans have expressed disappointment that the game only features a single new song.