Cash Cow Franchise: Oh yes! What makes this even more annoying is that some people buy the stuff to look Goth or Emo, not because they actually seen the movie. Ironically, Tim Burton seemed to try to prevent this to an extent, by refusing to do sequels and ruin the integrity of the movie for fans.
Christmas Creep: This was the inspiration for Tim Burton's poem. He wrote the original story after seeing Christmas decorations being put up in a store window display while the Halloween decorations were being taken down.
Development Hell: Burton used to be a Disney animator and came up with the concept, presented as a poem, in the early 1980s.
The vampires playing hockey at the end of the film were originally using Burton's head as a puck.
Disney moving the film under its Touchstone label rather then releasing it under the "Walt Disney Pictures" label due to the dark content. Future re-releases, both home and theatrical, would bring it back under the Disney name, after the Disney brand began to expand their demographic starting with the PG-13 Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Greg Proops voices three characters— the Devil, the ghoulish saxophone player, and the orange-and-black, Ambiguously Gay Harlequin Demon.
Pee WeeHerman is Lock. Subverted for Barrel, who is voiced by Danny Elfman, but you won't know it just from listening to him.
CHRISTOPHER LEE, of all people can be heard reading Tim Burton's original poem on the 2008 DVD rerelease.
Non-Singing Voice: Danny Elfman does the singing voice of Jack, while Chris Sarandon does the speaking voice. In Oogie's Revenge, the trope is averted with Sarandon singing the songs.
The Italian dub manage to avert this with Jack, having him dubbed by Renato Zero, a famous singer.
Talking to Himself: Averted. Elfman does the voice of Jack Skellington and Barrel, but since he's the singing voice of Jack, he nevers runs into this trope. Likewise averted by Sally and Shock, who are both voiced by Catherine O'Hara but never share a scene with each other.
Originally, Dr. Finklestein was going to be Oogie, disguised because he was jealous that Sally chose Jack over him and wanted to teach her a lesson.See here.
The line "You meddlin' stick figure!" was pretty funny.
Also This early script shows some changes, like we were going to see some of the other holidays at the beginning sequence, and "This Is Halloween" is considerably different from the final product (for example, Jack was going to come in on a CoolUndead Horse).
There was also a couple of storyboards floating about the net (which seems to missing now) that had Jack and Oogie going at each other with, I kid you not, freaking maces.
Weirdest of all, the movie almost didn't get the Spiral Hill which codified Goth Spirals! On the DVD commentary, Henry Selick indicated that Tim was unsure about the hill because of his mandate that "magic does not exist in Halloween Town." (Specifically, the unwinding part seemed like magic.) Selick only changed his mind by saying, "All right, then, it's a mechanical hill."