Halloween Town is a world from the Kingdom Hearts series, based on Tim Burton's 1993 classic stop-motion Disney film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. The ruler of this world is Jack Skellington, although he is not the mayor. This is most likely because he is in charge of making Halloween. Santa Claus is the ruler of the Christmas Town section. The Keyhole in this world is hidden underneath Oogie Boogie's manor.
According to the BradyGame's Kingdom Hearts II official strategy guide, Halloween Town was added again simply because of the overwhelming fanbase.
Settings and areas
Based on the holiday of Halloween, Halloween Town is in a constant state of night, lighted mainly by the bright full moon overhead. The area has a twisted, Gothic, and creepy appearance.
Guillotine Square (ギロチン広場, Girochin Hiroba?) (localized as Halloween Town Square in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) is named after the deadly guillotine in the middle of the area. There is also a fountain full of green water and various ledges to climb on. In Kingdom Hearts II, the area takes on a slightly different appearance: the fountain now squirts water that deals damage, the guillotine can come down to damage characters if they pass beneath it, one of the gates (with presents behind it) deals damage if Sora and company come near it, and nearby grates spew poisonous gas. In both games, the Square links directly to the Research Lab (研究所, Kenkyūjo?, lit. "Laboratory"), also known as Dr. Finkelstein's Lab (フィンケルスタイン研究所, Finkerusutain Kenkyūjo?, lit. "Finkelstein Laboratory") in Kingdom Hearts II. In Kingdom Hearts, it also links to Guillotine Gate (ギロチン広場:入口, Girochin Hiroba: Iriguchi?, lit. "Guillotine Square: Entrance") (called Halloween Town Entrance in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days), which serves as the entrance to Halloween Town.
Near the square is a Graveyard (棺のある墓地, Hitsugi no Arubochi?, lit. "Cemetery of Coffins") that serves as a connection to other places in both games. In Kingdom Hearts II, the gravestones can be knocked over for Drive Orbs and damage. In both games, the Graveyard leads to Moonlight Hill (月の見える丘, Tsuki no Mieru Oka?, lit. "Hill with a View of the Moon") (called Curly Hill (スパイラルヒル, Supairaru Hiru?, lit. "Spiral Hill") in Kingdom Hearts II); with a sundae swirl hill that can uncurl in Kingdom Hearts to take the party to the next area. In Kingdom Hearts II, the left fork in the Graveyard takes the party to the Hinterlands (ヒンターランド, Hintārando?), a quiet wood leading to a group of trees carved with various symbols of other holidays. They lead to towns of various holidays - Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, and Valentine's Day.
In Kingdom Hearts, traveling over Moonlight Hill takes the party to the Bridge (吊り橋, Tsuribashi?, lit. "Suspension Bridge") leading to Oogie's Manor and the Evil Playroom (小鬼たちの部屋, Saki-tachi no Heya?) which serves as the hideout of Lock, Shock, and Barrel, as well as Oogie Boogie's own Torture Chamber (ブギーの拷問室, Bugī no Gōmon-shitsu?, lit. "Boogie's Torture Chamber). After Oogie's defeat, the site is known as the Manor Ruins (ブギーの屋敷跡, Bugī no Yashiki Ato?, lit. "Remnants of Boogie's Manor").
In Kingdom Hearts II, the Hinterlands takes characters to Yuletide Hill (街外れ, Machihazure no Oka?, lit. "Hill on the Outskirts of Town"), where they can travel down the Candy Cane Lane (クリスマス通り, Kurisumasu-dōri?, lit. "Christmas Street") to reach Christmas Town. In Christmas Town, characters can visit Santa Claus himself in Santa's House (サンタの部屋, Santa no Heya?, lit. "Santa's Room") and explore the Shipping & Receiving (配送エリア, Haisō Eria?, lit. "Delivery Area") and Wrapping Rooms (梱包エリア, Konpō Eria?, lit. "Packing Area") of the Toy Factory (おもちゃ工場, Omocha Kōjō?). Later in the game, Christmas Tree Plaza (クリスマス広場, Kurisumasu Hiroba?, lit. "Christmas Square") becomes accessible, and is the location of a boss battle.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy arrive in Halloween Town and notice several Heartless immobile. They soon spot their true purpose after watching them introduce Jack Skellington. However, the Pumpkin King is not pleased with the results and decides to consult Dr. Finkelstein in an effort to make the Heartless even more terrifying. Sora, Donald, and Goofy follow him and watch as the two discuss a way to fit Jack's needs. They decide to give the Heartless a heart, but their first attempt fails to work. The doctor sends Jack to find Sally and the Mayor, as they have the missing ingredients. As they are searching for the ingredients, Lock, Shock, and Barrel learn about their plans and inform Oogie Boogie. The villain orders his henchman to steal the artifical heart, which they promptly do after the group return. Jack sends his ghost dog, Zero, to follow them and they, in turn, pursue the spirit.
Their hunt leads them to Oogie Boogie's Manor where they defeat the thieves, but Oogie is nowhere to be found. They search the Torture Chamber, hidden underneath the manor, and find the villain, who devours the experiment in a bid to control the Heartless. Due to the artifical state of the heart, not many Heartless answer the call and, in a fit of rage, Oogie Boogie attacks. The group prevail in defeating him before departing the manor. However, Oogie Boogie fuses with his manor to extract revenge. He is defeated once more by the combined powers of Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Jack. Returning to the lab, Jack decides to cancel the Heartless Halloween festival and invites Sora to return next year.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Inside the Halloween Town created in Castle Oblivion, Sora and company immediately run into Jack, who is attempting to get rid of the Heartless due to their attacking instead of just scaring. Jack goes to consult Dr. Finkelstein about it while Sora, Donald and Goofy follow. Once at the lab, Dr. Finkelstein reveals his latest invention: a potion to recover a person's "true memories", ones unaffected by the passage of time. Somehow, the potion is causing the Heartless to invade. While Dr. Finkelstein is certain he can solve the problem, the potion then appears to have been stolen. Sora and Jack team up to recover it, believed to be in the hands of Sally. They soon find her with the potion, as she stole it out of fear of what could happen if someone tried consuming it. That prospect intrigues Oogie Boogie, who leaps out from nearby and swipes the potion, planning to drink it up and see what terrors he can unleash of Halloween Town. Sora and the others give chase, but are too late to stop Oogie from drinking the formula. Oogie's true memories send him into a deep state of fear and he fights the group, only to be defeated. Meeting at the lab, Sora declines to try the remaining formula, remembering he promised Axel he'd try and recover his memories on his own.
Later, Riku enters a simulation of Halloween Town in the Basement and encounters Oogie, whom he promptly defeats.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
During his first mission to Halloween Town (Mission 42, Day 149), Roxas encounters Jack Skellington, who ponders how to make Halloween scarier and more shocking than ever before. Roxas leaves him to think, and continues on his mission to collect hearts. On Roxas's next few missions to Halloween Town, he finds there are fewer and fewer Heartless, making heart collecting more difficult. Roxas uses Zero, who is able to locate hidden Heartless, to help him finish his mission. After a few more visits to Halloween Town, Roxas grows annoyed of Lock, Shock, and Barrel, who had been playing tricks on him, and attempts to stop them. The trio attack Roxas, who defeats them, and they promise not to play tricks on him anymore.
Barrel almost divulges information on what they've been doing, but Lock quiets him and the trio escape. Disregarding their promise, the three play the same trick on Roxas immediately on his next arrival. After completing his mission, Roxas tries to leave, but is attacked by a Tentaclaw. He defeats it and RTC's. The Organization reports that the Heartless population in Halloween Town is unusually low, so Roxas is sent to investigate. When he arrives at Guillotine Plaza, a Creepworm appears, fleeing from something. Another Tentaclaw sprouts from the ground and swallows the Creepworm. Roxas searches for the source outside of town and sees Lock, Shock, and Barrel escaping over the wall to Boogie's home. He defeats the Tentaclaws at Curly Hill, before taking on the source of the cannibalistic appendages, the Leechgrave, at Manor Ruins. However, Jack, watching from outside the zone of battle, likes the idea of a Halloween with "a black cloak and black tentacles," and creates a scarecrow in Roxas's image.
During Mission 87, Roxas is dispatched to battle three Windstorms in Guillotine Plaza.
On his last mission to Halloween Town (Mission 88), Roxas begins to worry about Xion, and resolves to finish his mission as quickly as possible and return to the castle to speak with her. As he searches through Halloween Town, Roxas is unable to find any Heartless. He decides to check outside of town, and encounters what he believes is an Orcus. The Heartless proves hard to handle, but Axel arrives and intervenes, as the Orcus is revealed to be Xion. Axel explains that the battle was a "setup" to get the two to fight to the death, disposing of the weaker one. They leave for Twilight Town, disturbed by the Organization's intentions.
On Day 357, Xion transports Roxas to Manor Ruins, where Roxas does battle with Xion's second form.
Kingdom Hearts II
When Sora, Donald, and Goofy return to Halloween Town, they find Jack trying to take Santa's place. While at the same time, Maleficent has revived Oogie Boogie (although suffering from amnesia), and has him remake Santa's present-making machine into a Heartless-making machine. Maleficent has Lock, Shock, and Barrel assist Oogie, even letting them use a fearsome Heartless. Sora, Donald, and Goofy try to stop Jack's scheme, while trying to shut down the Heartless operation.
On their second visit, Sora, Donald, and Goofy learn from Jack that Christmas presents are being stolen, and resolve to find out who and to what end. After discovering that Lock, Shock, and Barrel and the Heartless are not to blame, they visit Santa and request to make Decoy Presents to draw out the thief. After hiding in a huge box, they surprise the thief, which happens to be Dr. Finkelstein's Experiment. A battle goes on with the raging machine, but Sora and friends come out on top, learning from Finkelstein later that the Experiment wished only to know the happiness that Christmas brings. Jack, all the while, thinks the box makes the magic, but learns from Sora that what matters is the principle of giving. After this, Jack and Sally share a romantic moment in the snow, with Donald and Goofy comforting Sora about giving Kairi a real Christmas present, one that comes from his heart.
Some time after Xemnas's defeat, Jack is seen discussing plans for the next Halloween with everyone in Dr. Finkelstein's lab.
The ghosts Alberto, Pietro, Luciano, Sophia, and Maria appear when the party first lands, as well as in the Graveyard. One of the Hanging Tree's Hangmen also appears in the Graveyard.
During their time in Halloween Town, Sora, Donald and Goofy each wear a monster costume in order to suit the town's season. Sora's attire is reminiscent of vampires while Donald and Goofy resemble a mummy and Frankenstein's monster, respectively. Other characters, such as Riku, Mickey and Maleficent, retain their normal outfits but are shaded with a darker hue.