Action game based on Henry Selick's stop-motion movie masterpiece. Players slip into the role of Jack Skellington, King of Halloween, and relive the adventures set in Tim Burton's dark world. Following the events of the Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas movie, players take control of Jack Skellington who sets out on a search of new ways to spook kids during Halloween. He returns home to find that Oogie Boogie has returned and Halloween Town is in peril once again. Using a Rubber Soul item, Jack must get to the bottom of what's going on.
A year after the film, Jack Skellington once again feels Halloween has become dull and repetitive. He talks with Dr. Finkelstein improving the next Halloween with new scares and discoveries. The doctor gives Jack the Soul Robber, a green, whip-like weapon. He then leaves to look for new frights, remembering his lesson from before, Jack searches solely in his world. Equally bored Lock, Shock, and Barrel revive Oogie Boogie, who brainwashes Dr. Finkelstein into creating minions for him. Oogie also kidnaps five of the seven Holiday World leaders. Oogie plans to become the Seven-Holidays King once he takes control of Christmas Town. But on December 23, Sally manages to send a magical paper airplane to find Jack to warn him of what has happened. Jack returns to Halloween Town on Christmas Eve, just to find Oogie's shadow. After defeating the shadow, he is given the Halloween Holiday Door and finds everyone was deceived by Oogie into boobytrapping the town.