Well, what the heck, I went and did my Halloween best

Our family’s Halloween tradition: Watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” singing along with all the songs. Great songs!

I must make my usual complaints about this Disney movie. The biggest is there’s only one major female character (Sally), who is Jack Skellington’s love interest. Would it have killed Tim Burton to have the Mayor, Doctor Finkelstein, or even Oogie-Boogie be women?

My favorite song from the movie is “Poor Jack.” I tend to sing these two stanzas when something doesn’t go quite right in my personal or professional life:

But I never intended all this madness, never,
And nobody really understood, how could they?
That all I ever wanted was to bring them something great.
Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?

Well, what the heck, I went and did my best.
And, by God, I really tasted something swell, that’s right.
And for a moment, why, I even touched the sky,
And at least I left some stories they can tell, I did

It’s quite cathartic!