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* HeadlessHorseman: Jack encounters three of these in the Graveyard, using the needed ingredients for the Mayor's lunch as heads.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: There actually ''are'' a little known dates based around insects that barely anyone knows about, most of which are in October:
** June Bug Day is recognized nationally on June 7th, though it's more about the time of year June Bugs are most active.
** National Chocolate Covered Insects day, which is on October 14th.
** World Edible Insect Day is October 23rd.


* OriginsEpisode: The game establishes Jack's first encounter with Oogie Boogie as well as his first meeting with Sally.

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* OriginsEpisode: The game establishes Jack's first encounter with Oogie Boogie as well as his first meeting with Sally. It also explains Oogie Boogie's origin: he was the king of a forgotten holiday called Bug Day who sought to conquer Halloween Town to make into a replacement holiday.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: When the player first encounters Oogie Boogie, it looks like the game will end after one final boss fight, right? [[spoiler:Wrong! After that battle, Oogie retreats and Jack must progress further for the ''real'' final battle.]]

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: When the player first encounters Oogie Boogie, it looks like the game will end after one final boss fight, right? [[spoiler:Wrong! After that battle, Oogie retreats and Jack must progress further for the ''real'' final battle.]]


''The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King'' is UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance game released in 2005 by Buena Vista Games.

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''The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King'' is a UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance game released in 2005 by Buena Vista Games.


''The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King'' is a Game Boy Advance game released in 2005 by Buena Vista Games.

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''The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King'' is a Game Boy Advance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance game released in 2005 by Buena Vista Games.


* CallForward: The game already states in the opening cutscene that the events of the story happened before Jack discovered Christmas, but the ending also has Oogie vow that he will get even with Jack, alluding to their fight in the movie.
* CheckPoint: Jack can save his progress by talking to pumpkin-headed scarecrows and answering them when they ask if he wants to save.



* CallForward: The game already states in the opening cutscene that the events of the story happen before Jack discovered Christmas, but the ending also has Oogie vow that he will get even with Jack, alluding to their fight in the movie.
* CheckPoint: Jack can save his progress by talking to pumpkin-headed scarecrows and answering them when they ask if he wants to save.

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* CallForward: The game already states in the opening cutscene that the events of the story happen before Jack discovered Christmas, but the ending also has Oogie vow that he will get even with Jack, alluding to their fight in the movie.


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* GottaCatchThemAll: While not mandatory to beat the game, Jack can explore every nook and cranny there is to explore in order to find the belongings of the citizens of Halloween Town.


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* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The game is ordinarily a side-scrolling platformer, but there are some occasions that require controlling Zero in order to advance the game further. During those events, the game shifts to a third-person perspective and the objective is to move Zero so that he dodges obstacles while flying his way to the outside of the location Jack is currently trapped in.
* UnlockableContent: Jack can collect four pieces of concept art and by completing three different chapters of the game, he can also unlock three mini-games.


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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: When the player first encounters Oogie Boogie, it looks like the game will end after one final boss fight, right? [[spoiler:Wrong! After that battle, Oogie retreats and Jack must progress further for the ''real'' final battle.]]


* LevelUpFillUp: Every time you collect one of the shrunken heads that increases Jack's total amount of health, his health instantly fills up.



* PowerUpMotif: An instrumental version of "What's This?" plays whenever Jack uses the Spicy Bottle to become the Pumpkin King.



* SuperMode: The Pumpkin King ability temporarily allows Jack to become a flaming scarecrow with a pumpkin head that can fly, is immune to damage, and can deal damage to enemies and fire blocks by merely touching them.

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* SuperMode: The Pumpkin King ability temporarily Spicy Bottle weapon allows Jack to become a flaming scarecrow with a pumpkin head that the Pumpkin King. While in this state, Jack can fly, is immune to damage, and can deal damage to enemies and fire blocks by merely touching them.

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* AbilityRequiredToProceed: Jack starts the game armed with only a Frog Gun that shoots Frog's Breath and will be unable to access certain areas until he obtains the Bat Boomerang, the Pumpkin Bomb and the Spicy Bottle (which enables him to become the Pumpkin King) as well as the Melting Man's gum shoes (which enable him to scale slimy surfaces) and the abilities to become liquid to enter narrow passages and hitting blocks to summon ghosts that can enable him to stretch to otherwise unreachable railings. The more the game progresses, the more Jack ends up needing his new abilities and weapons.


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* {{Backtracking}}: Some areas have to be revisited later once you obtain the weapon or ability you need to make it through.


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* DieChairDie: Throughout the game you can destroy crates, tombstones, or sculptures to find health.
* CheckPoint: Jack can save his progress by talking to pumpkin-headed scarecrows and answering them when they ask if he wants to save.


* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Most of the bosses are giant insects or arachnids.

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Most of the bosses are giant insects or arachnids.gigantic.



* BigCreepyCrawlies: Quite a lot of the enemies and several of the bosses are enormous insects or arachnids.



* MiniBoss: The three pumpkin roots that shoot thorns and keep Corpse Kid possessed by a giant pumpkin in the first journey through the Pumpkin Patch and the ingredients of the Mayor's lunch [[spoiler:that turn out to be the body parts of the Melting Man]] that assume skeletal bodies and ride on horses while attacking Jack with swords during the revisiting of the Graveyard. They all take a lot more hits to kill than any regular enemy in the game, but the boss theme does not play during the battles against them. In addition, they do not get introductory cutscenes and defeating them does not trigger the post-boss fight victory cutscene.

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* MiniBoss: The three pumpkin roots that shoot thorns and keep Corpse Kid possessed by a giant pumpkin in the first journey through the Pumpkin Patch and Patch, the ingredients of the Mayor's lunch [[spoiler:that turn out to be the body parts of the Melting Man]] that assume skeletal bodies and ride on horses while attacking Jack with swords during the revisiting of the Graveyard.Graveyard, and the bug nibbling on Dr. Finklestein's security panel when Finklestein's lab is revisited. They all take a lot more hits to kill than any regular enemy in the game, but the boss theme does not play during the battles against them. In addition, they do not get introductory cutscenes and defeating them does not trigger the post-boss fight victory cutscene.


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* TechnicolorFire: The second boss is a giant snake that can exhale purple fire as one of its attacks.


* AttackItsWeakPoint: Some of the bosses are only vulnerable in a specific area, one example being the Mother Fly, which can only be harmed by shooting its head.



* MiniBoss: The three pumpkin roots that shoot thorns and keep Corpse Kid possessed by a giant pumpkin in the first journey through the Pumpkin Patch and the ingredients of the Mayor's lunch [[spoiler:that turn out to be the body parts of the Melting Man]] that assume skeletal bodies and ride on horses while attacking Jack with swords during the revisiting of the Graveyard. They all take a lot more hits to kill than any regular enemy in the game, but the boss theme does not play during the battles against them.

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* MiniBoss: The three pumpkin roots that shoot thorns and keep Corpse Kid possessed by a giant pumpkin in the first journey through the Pumpkin Patch and the ingredients of the Mayor's lunch [[spoiler:that turn out to be the body parts of the Melting Man]] that assume skeletal bodies and ride on horses while attacking Jack with swords during the revisiting of the Graveyard. They all take a lot more hits to kill than any regular enemy in the game, but the boss theme does not play during the battles against them. In addition, they do not get introductory cutscenes and defeating them does not trigger the post-boss fight victory cutscene.


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* SuperMode: The Pumpkin King ability temporarily allows Jack to become a flaming scarecrow with a pumpkin head that can fly, is immune to damage, and can deal damage to enemies and fire blocks by merely touching them.


* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Most of the bosses are giant insects or arachnids.



* MiniBoss: The three pumpkin roots that shoot thorns and keep Corpse Kid possessed by a giant pumpkin in the first journey through the Pumpkin Patch and the ingredients of the Mayor's lunch [[spoiler:that turn out to be the body parts of the Melting Man]] that assume skeletal bodies and ride on horses while attacking Jack with swords during the revisiting of the Graveyard. They all take a lot more hits to kill than any regular enemy in the game, but the boss theme does not play during the battles against them.
* NintendoHard: The game gets increasingly more difficult as you progress, with some enemies and obstacles being rather tricky to kill or avoid.
* OriginsEpisode: The game establishes Jack's first encounter with Oogie Boogie as well as his first meeting with Sally.



* TimedMission: Occurs when Jack is given an exploding mushroom by the Small Witch and has to get it to the Tall Witch in

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* SequentialBoss: One of the bosses is a pillbug boss that becomes gigantic during the second phase of the battle.
* TimeLimitBoss: The pillbug boss that Jack encounters when revisiting the Pumpkin Patch is a downplayed example. While it doesn't have a time limit, it is faced when Jack has to complete the TimedMission of delivering the exploding mushroom to the Tall Witch and therefore must be beaten quickly while there is still time to get to the Tall Witch.
* TimedMission: Occurs when Jack is given an exploding mushroom by the Small Witch and has to get it to the Tall Witch in 600 seconds.


* EasilyForgiven: Jack scolds Lock, Shock, and Barrel rather strongly for helping Oogie in his plan to take over Halloween Town when compared to how lenient he is towards them in the movie.

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* DamageSpongeBoss: Most of the bosses have no real strategy aside from constantly hitting them while avoiding their attacks.
* EasilyForgiven: Jack scolds Lock, Shock, and Barrel rather strongly for helping Oogie in his plan to take over Halloween Town when compared to how even though he's depicted as more lenient he is towards them their misbehavior in the movie.


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* TimedMission: Occurs when Jack is given an exploding mushroom by the Small Witch and has to get it to the Tall Witch in


* GiantSpider: The game's first boss is one.

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* EasilyForgiven: Jack scolds Lock, Shock, and Barrel rather strongly for helping Oogie in his plan to take over Halloween Town when compared to how lenient he is towards them in the movie.
* FetchQuest: There are a few in the game, such as retrieving the ingredients of the Mayor's lunch [[spoiler:that turn out to be the different parts of the Melting Man]] and the Clown with the Tear-Away Face's face.
* GiantSpider: The game's first boss is one.a huge purple spider.


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* WeWillMeetAgain: The game's final cutscene has Oogie swear revenge against Jack.

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