The Nightmare Before Christmas Is Getting a Sequel—and It’s from Sally’s Point of View

Where are Sally and Jack going next? We can't wait to find out!

Disney definitely hasn’t been slacking over the past year, giving parts of Disney World a royal makeover and releasing some incredible plans for its 50th anniversary. Of course, they’ve been keeping us updated on the food front as well, publishing recipes for classics like the Molasses Crackle Cookies and Dole whip!

Now, they’ve decided to add more spoooooky news to the mix—we’re getting a brand-new The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel!

That’s right—after almost 30 years, the beloved Halloween classic is getting an update, this time in book form.

What’s the Sequel About?

The sequel will be taking the form of a young adult novel, written by Shea Ernshaw, who wrote YA novels The Wicked Deep and Winterwood. While the original movie focused on Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, the new story will be written from the point of view of Sally, the beautiful rag doll who fell in love with Jack.

From what we know, the happily married couple will see their lives turned upside-down as Sally accidentally releases a mysterious villain into Halloween Town, then goes on an epic quest to other holiday worlds (including a previously unexplored one) in a bid to save her world and her King. Along the way, she uncovers new secrets about her past life.

In a Disney Q&A, the author said, “This new book, written from the point of view of Sally, takes place shortly after the movie ends. It’s the yet-to-be-told love story of Sally and Jack. But it’s also a coming-of-age story for Sally, as we see her navigate her new royal title as the Pumpkin Queen of Halloween Town. [It] will hopefully give fans a long-awaited second dose of Sally, Jack and all the familiar residents of Halloween Town, while introducing a new cast of grim, strange characters, that I hope readers will love.”

When Can We Read It?

The sequel is tentatively set to be on shelves in July 2022, which gives us plenty of time to rewatch the original with a Jack Skellington Frappuccino or a Sally Frappuccino by our side. Will the sequel result in another movie? Only time will tell, but you can bet we’ll be first in line at the theater!

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Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is a writer, poet and amateur photographer who often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. You can find her up at 3 a.m. writing, researching the perfect combo for her next grilled cheese or making a more eco-friendly grocery list.