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. Jack Skellington, as the Pumpkin King, is the leader of Halloween Town. The Keyhole in this world is hidden underneath Oogie Boogie's manor.
In Kingdom Hearts II, Christmas Town is introduced, located through a door in the Hinterlands. Although Christmas Town is its own world within the story of Halloween Town, it is recognized as a part of Halloween Town for gameplay purposes.
While any unopened treasure chest from the manor will reappear in the ditch after the battle, the Red Trinity must be activated before the battle or it will be unobtainable. This bug was corrected in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix.
In Kingdom Hearts II, the field and battle theme of Christmas Town were the same as Halloween Town. However, in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Christmas Town was given unique music tracks: "What A Surprise?!" and "Happy Holidays!", as the field and battle theme, respectively. They both were included on the ninth disc of the Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete.
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, the gates with presents behind them deal 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, which can be accessed through the Lab Entryway (研究所前 Kenkyūjo Mae , lit. "In Front of the Laboratory"). 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") which then leads to Oogie's Manor (ブギーの屋敷 Bugī no Yashiki ). The manor is connected to the Bridge area by a broken rope bridge. The manor consists of wooden walkways and several odd-shaped buildings. At the top of the manor lies the Evil Playroom (小鬼たちの部屋 Saki-tachi no Heya , lit. "Little Demons' Room"), where Lock, Shock, and Barrel are fought. Below the main entrance is a green door leading to the Torture Chamber (ブギーの拷問室 Bugī no Gōmon-shitsu , lit. "Boogie's Torture Room"), where Oogie Boogie is fought. After defeating Oogie Boogie, he fuses with the manor, creating a gigantic version of himself. After Oogie's defeat and the manor's collapse, 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 Candy Cane Lane (クリスマス通り Kurisumasu-dōri , lit. "Christmas Street"), a plaza which features a carousel as its centerpiece. 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 with The Experiment.
Traveling through the doorway in Halloween Town's Hinterlands will lead to Yuletide Hill (街外れ Machihazure no Oka , lit. "Hill on the Outskirts of Town"), where characters can travel down the Candy Cane Lane (クリスマス通り Kurisumasu-dōri , lit. "Christmas Street")In Christmas Town, characters can visit Santa Claus himself in
|Area Map in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days|
|Area Map in Kingdom Hearts II|
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 artificial 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, who point them toward the Torture Chamber hidden underneath the manor. There, they find Oogie Boogie, who devours the Doctor's experimental heart in a bid to control the Heartless. Due to the artificial state of the heart, not many Heartless answer the call and, in a fit of rage, Oogie Boogie attacks them with every instrument in the Torture Chamber. The group prevail in defeating him before departing the manor. However, Oogie Boogie fuses with his manor to exact 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 79, Roxas teams up with Xigbar to eliminate a Chill Ripper, which appears by the Suspension Bridge.
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
By the time Sora, Donald and Goofy return to Halloween Town, it has been decorated for Christmas. They run into Jack, who appoints them to act as bodyguards so he can bring Santa Claus to see all his work. Maleficent arrives shortly afterwards and recruits Lock, Shock and Barrel as minions to destroy Christmas Town. However, when Jack's group arrive to see Santa, Maleficent changes her plans to getting revenge on Sora and the others first. Upon hearing Oogie Boogie had been destroyed by Sora, she brings him back to assist in ruining Christmas. Maleficent and Oogie kidnap Santa, leaving the Prison Keeper behind to assist Lock, Shock and Barrel in delaying the heroes. Sora and co. destroy the Heartless and learn of Oogie's return. Sally finds them and informs them that Santa has been captured.
In Christmas Town, Maleficent prepares to turn Santa into a Heartless, but is then dismissed by Oogie. Sora and co. arrive and fight Oogie, who has converted the toy factory into a Heartless-producing machine. Beating Oogie, the bag of bugs springs leaks and Donald steps on the bug serving as Oogie's brain. Though Jack wishes to continue his plan to help Santa, Santa tells Jack that he is needed to manage Halloween just as Christmas needs him, which Jack accepts and decides to look for new ways to create fear. Jack's Santa suit glows and opens new Gate, which Sora promptly unlocks, allowing passage to Pride Lands.
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 co. come out on top, learning from Dr. 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.
Christmas Elf (Male)
Christmas Elf (Female)
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.
Sora's Halloween Town costume
Donald's Halloween Town costume
Goofy's Halloween Town costume
While in Christmas Town in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Sora, Donald, and Goofy lose their Halloween Town garb and gain Christmas-themed forms instead. Sora retains his vampire form, but the garb is replaced by a black Santa suit. Unlike Sora, however, Donald and Goofy completely lose all traces of their Halloween Town forms, becoming a snowman and reindeer, respectively.
Sora in his Christmas Town costume
Donald in his Christmas Town costume
Goofy in his Christmas Town costume
- The save point at Oogie's Manor, i.e. Evil Playroom, does appear at the landing menu of the gummi sequence as long as the manor is up. After defeating Oogie Boogie and sealing the Keyhole in Halloween Town, the save point at Guillotine Gate is the sole save point in Halloween Town.
- In Kingdom Hearts, the music played during the introductory cutscene is an unnamed variant of "This is Halloween" with a lower key and different instrumentation. This song is not included on the original soundtrack.
- In the first game, the Countdown to Halloween is set to 36 Days until next Halloween, which implies that the events of Halloween Town take place on September 25th, exactly 36 days before Halloween.
- After the Final Keyhole is opened, Halloween Town is the only world to not have its level increased.
|Sora - Donald Duck - Goofy|
Tarzan - Aladdin - Ariel - Jack Skellington - Peter Pan - Beast
|Simba - Genie - Dumbo - Bambi - Tinker Bell - Mushu|
|Ansem - Clayton|
Maleficent - Riku - Hades - Captain Hook - Oogie Boogie - Ursula - Jafar
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|Destiny Islands - Disney Castle - Traverse Town - Wonderland - Olympus Coliseum - Deep Jungle - 100 Acre Wood - Agrabah - Monstro - Atlantica - Halloween Town - Neverland - Hollow Bastion - End of the World|
|Dive to the Heart|
|Ansem's Reports - Door to Darkness - Final Keyhole - Keyblade - Keyhole - Kingdom Hearts - Mickey's Letter - Postcard - Princesses of Heart - The End - Trinity Mark|
|Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack - Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete - Simple and Clean|
|Accessories - Artwork - Bosses - Enemies - Items - Keyblades - Other Weapons - Removed content|
|Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories|
|Sora - Riku - Donald Duck - Goofy - Mickey Mouse|
Aladdin - Ariel - Jack Skellington - Peter Pan - Beast
|Simba - Genie - Cloud - Dumbo - Bambi - Tinker Bell - Mushu|
Marluxia - Lexaeus - Larxene - Vexen - Zexion - Axel - Riku Replica
Hades - Jafar - Ursula - Oogie Boogie - Captain Hook - Maleficent
|Aerith - Alice - Belle - Card Soldiers - Cave of Wonders Guardian - Cheshire Cat - Cid - Dark Figure - DiZ - Dr. Finkelstein - Eeyore - Flounder - Geppetto - Hercules - Iago - Jasmine - Jiminy Cricket - Kairi - Leon - Moogles - Naminé - Owl - Philoctetes - Piglet - Pinocchio - Pluto - Queen of Hearts - Rabbit - Roo - Sally - Sebastian - Selphie - Tidus - Tigger - Wakka - Wendy - White Rabbit - Winnie the Pooh - Yuffie|
|Traverse Town - Agrabah - Olympus Coliseum - Wonderland - Monstro - Halloween Town - Atlantica - Neverland - 100 Acre Wood - Hollow Bastion - Twilight Town - Destiny Islands - Castle Oblivion|
|Attack Card - Card break - Cards - Enemy Card - Friend Card - Gimmick Card - Item Card - Keyblade - Wayfinder - Magic Card - Map Card - Memory - Pod - Premium Cards - Reload Card - Replica - Sleight - Special Card - Summon Card - World Cards - The End|
|Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete - Simple and Clean|
|Artwork - Bosses - Enemies - Keyblades - Removed content|
|Kingdom Hearts II|
|Roxas - Sora - Donald Duck - Goofy|
Fa Mulan - Beast - Auron - Jack Sparrow - Aladdin - Jack Skellington - Simba - Tron - Riku
|Chicken Little - Genie - Stitch - Peter Pan|
Xemnas - Xigbar - Xaldin - Saïx - Axel - Demyx - Luxord
Maleficent - Pete - Hades - Ursula - Hector Barbossa - Jafar - Oogie Boogie - Scar
Shan-Yu - Master Control Program - Sark
|Abu - Aerith - Ansem the Wise - Ariel - Ariel's Sisters - Auron - Bathtub - Belle - Biggs - Captain Pete - Carpet - Cave of Wonders Guardian - Cerberus - Chien Po, Ling, and Yao - Chip - Chip and Dale - Christmas Elves - Cid - Clara Cluck - Clarabelle Cow - Cloud - Cogsworth - Daisy Duck - Dark Figure - Dr. Finkelstein - Eeyore - Elizabeth Swann - Enchanted Brooms - Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather - Flotsam and Jetsam - Flounder - Fuu - Gopher - Gullwings - Hayabusa - Hayner - Hercules - Horace Horsecollar - Hostile Program - Huey, Dewey, and Louie - Hydra - Iago - Jasmine - Jessie - Jiminy Cricket - Kairi - Kanga - King Triton - Leon - Li Shang - Lock, Shock, and Barrel - Lumière - Maleficent's Raven - Megara - Merlin - Mickey Mouse - Minnie Mouse - Moogles - Mrs. Potts - Mufasa - Mushu - Nala - Naminé - Olette - Owl - Pain and Panic - Pegasus - Pence - Philoctetes - Piglet - Pluto - Prince Eric - Pumbaa - Rabbit - Rafiki - Rai - Reindeer - Rock Titan - Roo - Sally - Santa Claus - Scrooge McDuck - Sebastian - Seifer - Selphie - Sephiroth - Setzer - Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed - Simba and Nala's cub - Terra-Xehanort - The Emperor - The Experiment - The Ghost of Scar - The Mayor - The Peddler - Tifa - Tigger - Timon - Tinker Bell - Undead Pirates - Vivi - Wallace - Wantz - Wardrobe - William Turner - Winnie the Pooh - Wedge - Yen Sid - Yuffie - Zero|
|Twilight Town - Destiny Islands - Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden - The Land of Dragons - Beast's Castle - 100 Acre Wood - Olympus Coliseum - Disney Castle - Timeless River - Atlantica - Port Royal - Agrabah - Halloween Town - Pride Lands - Space Paranoids - The World That Never Was - End of Sea|
|Simulated Twilight Town - Dive to the Heart - Old Mansion - Mysterious Tower - Underworld - Castle That Never Was - Kingdom Hearts|
|Cornerstone of Light - Drive Form - Gate - Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee - Kairi's Letter - Keyblade - Kingdom Hearts Encoder - Organization XIII - Princesses of Heart - Reaction Command - Secret Ansem Report - Sidecar Glider - Skateboard - The End - Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee|
|Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack - Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete - Sanctuary|
|Accessories - Artwork - Bosses - Enemies - Items - Keyblades - Other Weapons - Songs - Removed content|
|Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days|
|Roxas - Axel - Demyx - Larxene - Lexaeus - Luxord - Marluxia - Saïx - Vexen - Xaldin - Xemnas - Xigbar - Xion - Zexion|
|Donald Duck - Goofy - King Mickey - Riku - Sora|
|Abu - Aladdin - Beast - Belle - Captain Hook - Card Soldiers - Carpet - Cave of Wonders Guardian - Cheshire Cat - Cogsworth - Dark Figure - DiZ - Doorknob - Dr. Finkelstein - Genie - Hayner - Hercules - Jack Skellington - Jasmine - Kairi - Lock, Shock, and Barrel - Lumière - Moogle - Mr. Smee - Naminé - Olette - Pence - Pete - Philoctetes - Queen of Hearts - Tinker Bell - White Rabbit - Zero|
|Agrabah - Beast's Castle - Castle Oblivion - Destiny Islands - Halloween Town - Neverland - Olympus Coliseum - The World That Never Was - Twilight Town - Wonderland|
|Castle That Never Was - Old Mansion - Simulated Twilight Town|
|Heart - Heartless - Keyblade - Kingdom Hearts - Mission Mode - Nobody - Organization XIII - Organization XIII Device - Replica - Replica Program - Roxas's Diary - Sea-salt ice cream - The End|
|Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original Soundtrack - Sanctuary|
|Rings - Artwork - Bosses - Enemies - Keyblades - Other Weapons - Removed content|
|Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory|
|Kairi - Sora - Roxas - Aqua - Riku|
Donald Duck - Goofy - Axel - Xion - Terra - Ventus - Meow Wow - Komory Bat - Mickey Mouse
Hercules - Aladdin - Ariel - Peter Pan - Beast - Fa Mulan - Simba - Stitch
|Xehanort - Ansem, Seeker of Darkness - Xemnas - Maleficent|
|Aeleus - Ansem the Wise - Even - Fairy Godmother - Ienzo - Nameless Star - Terra-Xehanort - Yen Sid|
|Mysterious Tower - Radiant Garden - The Final World|
|An Oath to Return - Another Key - Key Art - Keyblade - Museum - Rhythm Points - Story Scene - The End - VS Battle - World Tour|
|Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory - Special Disc - Unnamed tracks|
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