Trick or Treat with Jack Skellington at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood

Nothing says Halloween to me more than The Nightmare Before Christmas. In our household, Jack Skellington reigns– through the original movie, soundtrack and yes, video game! It’s hard to believe the movie came out 17 years ago.

So when I got two tickets to El Capitan Theater to watch the movie in 4D and get the chance to see Danny Elfman himself — I booked the sitter i.e. grandma and told my husband we had a date! Sure it was in LA, which meant we had to battle traffic – a night out and the pumpkin king – hey we’re there.

Of course, getting there was another matter – traffic was more horrendous than expected. When we finally reached LA – we ended up going up the Hollywood Hills and getting sorta lost – and I say sorta because we did find our way to the touristy part where El Capitan is located but there were all these police blockades and detours. When we finally made it, there was paparazzi all along Highland and we thought – wow we must be stars – but it turned out they were there to cover the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe or some celeb event at the Kodak Theater (which was across the El Capitan).

We missed Danny Elfman speak but we got there in time to grab 2 buckets of popcorn and 2 pairs of 3D glasses and these bracelets with bells that we had to wear, so we could experience The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D. Yes, 4D!!! So basically 4D means that it’s a multi-sensory experience -not only do the images pop out right at you, but you get to feel some other things too -like wind and snow and fog. Apparently, it also means a lot of audience participation as the screen instructed us to “Bark Like Zero (Jack’s dog)” or “Scream” at appropriate parts and jingle our bell bracelets when Jack was riding his ghost reindeer sleigh. Too much fun!

It was a little odd to be at a kids’ movie without our kids, but date night is so rare for us, so we took it. Besides, it was a school night.
It was such a great experience and we’re thinking we’ll take the kids to see something at the El Capitan in the future – maybe even try out the breakfast in the adjacent Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the El Capitan Theater, Hollywood will run until October 31st. For information and tickets, visit Don’t live anywhere near LA? Then check out the “Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box.” This library of 16 CDs includes artwork by Burton; over 19 hours of music from all 13 films Burton/Elfman films including seven hours of previously unreleased music rarities including “Nightmare” score extensions, additional masters etc.; a hardbound book “Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton” featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp. You can pre-order the Danny Elfman and Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box from

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