Here's What You Need To Know About The Official Nightmare Before Christmas Cookbook

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Twenty-eight years after its theatrical release, Tim Burton's 1993 stop-motion animation movie classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas" has a cookbook. Described by Insider as "one of the most iconic Halloween movies that's also popular in December," it is not only a fantastical film experience but can also be a fun party theme (via PopSugar Family). As the air turns crisp this fall and holiday season, this new cookbook could conjure up childhood nostalgia for a generation as well as help readers throw a perfect soiree worthy of Tim Burton or the movie's protagonist, Jack Skellington himself. Published by Insight Editions, it is said to be "brimming with scary good fun" (via Amazon).

The book's authors include Kim Laidlaw, an award-winning cookbook editor and professional baker (per KQED); Jody Revenson, author of several books about the "Harry Potter" film series, and Caroline Hall, an art director, producer, stylist, and thrower of "over-the-top parties." They divide the 192-page book into two parts: The first is all about the food. There are recipes and instructions for 50 different appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks, and snacks inspired by the movie, like sweet-and-salty popcorn in colors that match Sally's patchwork dress and Oogie Boogie cupcakes with ghostly marshmallow frosting. Some of the dishes are sugar-free, gluten-free, or vegetarian to help party hosts accommodate every guest.

Spooky or stylish soirees

Want to invoke the spirits of Jack Skellington, Sally, Sandy Claws, and the other quirky characters from Tim Burton's Halloween Town with "The Nightmare Before Christmas Cookbook & Entertaining Guide?" You can apply the nostalgic Burton-esque ideas for "stylish and scary or charming and full of cheer" Halloween, Christmas, and birthday parties (via Amazon). The festive ideas are broken down to cover all your bases: Invitations, decor, crafts (such as Sandy Claws hats and soul-taking stockings) and favors, activities (Halloween Town Christmas Carrols, anyone?), and, of course, food.

The book includes illustrations from the film and photos of the completed dishes and other ideas. There are also downloadable templates for invitations, decorations, and other "printable ephemera," according to the back cover description. "The Nightmare Before Christmas Cookbook & Entertaining Guide" release date is August 31, but you can preorder it from Amazon now. As of this writing, it was $23.00, so this might be the time to jump on this fun find.

If the Academy Award-nominated (via IMDb) "The Nightmare Before Christmas" conjures some good memories for you, "The Nightmare Before Christmas Cookbook & Entertaining Guide" might be a great gift for yourself or the Tim Burton fan on your holiday gift list.