Disclaimer: Hariken-Sama does not own the series 'Harry Potter' nor the movie 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. They respectively own to J.K. Rowling and Tim Burton.

AN: This story is a crossover between Harry Potter and the Nightmare Before Christmas; it centers on the Harry Potter universe. Harry Potter will be Jack Skellington in this story and the main character. This story will center on the book that Hogwarts will receive and where everyone in the Great Hall will read the story and learns about Harry Potter's past and present.

Rating: T

Pairings: Jack/Sally

Language:

"Speech"

'Thought'

Story

~Parseltongue~

Summary: Harry Potter seems to be missing every week upon Halloween for every year that his friends have known him. When the ghosts of Hogwarts seem to bring a proposal to the Headmaster's attention for the Halloween celebration of the year, the Headmaster agrees. For this Halloween celebration, the school will listen to the tale of the Pumpkin King about how two holidays meet and how Christmas was almost ruined.


Chapter 01: Halloween Town

As spirits roam the neighborhoods at night,

Let loose upon the Earth till it be light...

~Nicholas Gordon


With a clearing of his throat, Dumbledore continued where he left off before. With a turn of a page Dumbledore said…


Chapter 1: Halloween Town

Halloween was a very much celebrated holiday in Surrey England, Private Drive; it was the second most favorite holiday to the children and the parents. Children were running from houses to house, wearing costumes the ventured from vampires and ghouls to fairy princesses and queens. They would go to each house, collecting as mush candy as their bags could contain before they were to finish by the end of the night.

One particular family that night, the Dursley's, were trick-or-treating in a different neighborhood this year so that their son could have even more candy than other children.

The man; Vernon Dursley; was very heavy man. He looked to be a humanized walrus with a thick mustache and thin brown hair. His eyes were beady with greed and hatred, and his neck was fat and looked to have layers. His face was in a permanent scowl and red with rage, perspiration constantly coming down his forehead. It made to be a grossly state of a picture.


"Ewww!" Was the collective saying of every student in the hall with the description that Vernon Dursley made. Girls were grossed out and the boys shuddered in disgust and vowed to never end up like Vernon.


His wife; Petunia Dursley; was a very thin tall woman. She looked like a humanized giraffe and no curves what's so ever to speak of. She had blonde hair that was thin and a very long neck. Her eyes were squinting with greed and jealousy, and her horse-like teeth was bared with scorn for those around her.


"Gasp!" was heard from the fashionist people around the hall in horror. They could not imagine a person, none the less a woman, looking like that.

Finally, their son; Dudley Dursley; was a pig-like child. He was squat and short with curly blonde hair. His eyes were also full of greed and mischief, but not of the good kind. He was also overweight and his face was in a twisted scowl as he demanded everything and anything from his parents. He was dressed up as a king, but his clothes were tight and made him look even more ridiculous than normal.


At the finally description of Dudley, everyone was frowning at the description of the child. Madam Pomfrey and Professor Sprout frowned at the description of the child and his overweight body, and how the parents did not seem to properly take care of their child mentally and physically.


As the family of three walked to Mongolia Street for more candy for their son, they left behind a person in their home. A person that all three seemed to hate with a passion that is rare in society. They left behind their nephew, Harry James Potter.


"What!" screamed the majority of students and the staff in outrage.

"What does that mean, hate more than anything else?" McGonagall asked in both anger and horror. She knew where Harry lived and didn't like the sound of which she was hearing.

Professor McGonagall then stood up and rounded upon to Dumbledore in furry and feminine rage. "I told you. I told you! You should have never left Harry with those despicable people."

As McGonagall continued to scream in rage and fury towards Dumbledore, whom seem to shrink down in his seat with a scared and troubled expression, the rest of the students in the hall looked at the scene in shock and fascination. The screaming and yelling seemed to go on for a few more minutes until McGonagall finally stopped with a huff, then turned and sat down mumbling to herself and Madam Pomfrey about medical scans and such they would force Harry through.

While some others were wondering why on earth they were reading about Harry Potter.

Dumbledore cleared his throat in embarrassment and paused. 'Surely that wasn't true. If the magical detector did not pick upon it, then the wards must be doing fine. Perhaps a visit to number four is in order sometime in the nearby future.'


Said boy was right now sneaking out of the house, walking towards the woods two blocks away from where his family lived with a large smile upon his face that rarely came through in his short life so far. As he walked through the woods, the trees eventually became heavier and older, the bush more common and wilder, and the leaves dancing through the air as if they were excited.

Finally after an indescribable time, young Harry, came into a rather interesting clearing. For in the clearing there were trees with doors upon them. They had a Christmas tree for Christmas; a wine glass for New Year's Eve; a heart for Valentine's; a four leaf clover for St. Patrick's; an egg for Easter; a turkey for Thanksgiving; and a jack-o-lantern for Halloween.


"Ohh!" everyone seemed to say as they saw the images come out of the leather book.


As Harry walked towards each door, seeing if what he saw was indeed real, one door in particular seemed to call out to Harry. Following his instinct, for it has never guided him wrong, Harry walked towards the biggest tree of them all, the Jack-o-Lantern tree. With a turn of its knob, the door swung open, showing nothing but darkness. After a second of contemplation with the pros and cons of going through the door, Harry decided to trust his instinct and stepped through the door, closing it behind him.


"What?" seemed to be the collective thought of students and teachers alike. They were wondering how that seemed to be even possible. A tree with a door seemed weird; even for them.


[A few years later]

The Halloween door one day opened, showing nothing but darkness without a breath of light. Soon a scarecrow appeared with a sign named 'Halloween Town' above it. Leaves blew around it, making the scarecrow twirl and soon an image appeared.

Hills, bare trees and patches of pumpkins appeared; a graveyard with big stone headstones with a tall rot Iron Gate that surrounded it. The scarecrow was seen, with a mean looking jack-o-lantern for a head, dancing in the wind through the graveyard.


The hall was quite listening and watching in wonder of such of a place that could exist.


The graves stood out in the light of the full moon and shadows started to appear around the graves as music began to dance in the air.


"Music?" was the respond of most of the hall.

"Students, for this part of the story, I ask of you all to not interrupt if you would like for me to sing the chorus."

The Weasley twins were chanting "Sing it! Sing it!" Dumbledore just chuckled before clearing his throat and began sing the words with the book.


[SHADOW]

Boys and girls of every age

Wouldn't you like to see something strange?

Shadows appeared on the graves, singing the chores' unto an unknown tune.

[SIAMESE SHADOW]

Come with us and you will see

This, our town of Halloween

The scene began to change and the Iron Gate screeched open and a ghastly sight began to form as a manor.

[PUMPKIN PATCH CHORUS]

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

[GHOSTS]

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene

Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright

It's our town, everybody scream

In this town of Halloween

The ghost flew down a walkway lined with a metal spiked fence past another gate into Halloween Town. Hunted looking houses all decorated for Halloween. Past the hunted looking town hall and a large fountain with a strange looking monster spiting green water from it wide roaring like mouth into its pool below.

[CREATURE UNDER THE BED]

I am the one hiding under your bed

Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red

[MAN UNDER THE STAIRS]

I am the one hiding under yours stairs

Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

[CORPSE CHORUS]

This is Halloween; this is Halloween [repeat 5x's]

A clock opens and Vampires open their coffins and float out of the door, flying through the door and into the night.

[VAMPIRES]

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

In this town we call home

Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

A short round man wearing a red ribbon saying mayor and a hat taller than he was appeared on a stage singing and dancing, spinning a full circle, his big smiling head staying were it was.

[MAYOR]

In this town, don't we love it now?

Everybody's waiting for the next surprise!


As the images flew through the Great Hall, people were gasping and screaming in fright as the grotesque pictures showed, while others were laughing in delight and giggling at the images.


A cat came running down the stairs and jumped upon a trashcan.

[CORPSE CHORUS]

Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can

Something's waiting to pounce, and how you'll...

A harlequin demon jumped from the trashcan as a werewolf wearing a large sweater clashed through a wooden fence and a melting man came up through a grate.

[HARLEQUIN DEMON, WEREWOLF & MELTING MAN]

Scream! This is Halloween

Red 'n' black, slimy green

[WEREWOLF]

Aren't you scared?

Two witches on brooms flew down, zooming by as they continue the song with renewed vigor.

[WITCHES]

Well, that's just fine

Say it once, say it twice

Take a chance and roll the dice

Ride with the moon in the dead of night

The two witches passed the hanging tree as it walked down the path. It had a scary looking face and several skeletons hanging on rope, all smiling waiting for their que to sing.

[HANGING TREE]

Everybody scream; everybody scream!

[HANGED MEN]

In our town of Halloween!

A clown riding a unicycle came up and sang.

[CLOWN]

I am the clown with the tear-away face

Here in a flash and gone without a trace!

[SECOND GHOUL]

I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?"

I am the wind blowing through your hair

A large shadow showed upon the moon as it sang along before it dissolved into many bats and they flew off.

[OOGIE BOOGIE SHADOW]

I am the shadow on the moon at night

Filling your dreams to the brim with fright


The students were on the edge of their seats all attention on the catchy song and strange characters of Halloween town. Some were even singing and humming along with the chorus.


[CORPSE CHORUS]

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

Halloween! Halloween!

The blade of galantine dropped down cutting a pumpkin as several monster children laugh at their fun, watched by their parents.

[CHILD CORPSE TRIO]

Tender lumplings everywhere

Life's no fun without a good scare

[PARENT CORPSES]

That's our job, but we're not mean

In our town of Halloween

The mayor lead the chorus as a zombie with a hatchet in its head pulled a scarecrow not unlike the one first seen on a wooden horse.

[CORPSE CHORUS]

In this town

[MAYOR]

Don't we love it now?

Everybody's waiting for the next surprise!

The citizens sand along as they followed the scarecrow through the town.

[CORPSE CHORUS]

Skelleton Jack might catch you in the back

And scream like a banshee

Make you jump out of your skin

This is Halloween, everyone scream

Wont' ya please make way for a very special guy

The scarecrow came to life, grabbing a torch and stood on top of the horse. It swallowed the fire setting itself on aflame. It danced on top of the horse scaring some of the monster around it.


Gasps and screams of horror were heard around the hall as they imagined the sight of the scarecrow setting itself on fire it seemed to bring.


Our man Jack is King of the Pumpkin patch

Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King!

[EVERYONE]

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

The flaming scarecrow finished its dance and then jumped off flipped into the air and dived head first into the shallow pool and was gone as the crowd gathered around.

[CORPSE CHILD TRIO]

In this town we call home

Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

[EVERYONE]

La la-la la, Halloween! Halloween! [Repeat 4x's]

And as the town sang the last verse a figure slowly came up from the glowing green water. It was a very tall and thin skeleton wearing a black pinstripe suit and a bat now tie. It had a large grin and it arms were crossed its long fingered hands on its shoulders. The skeleton slowly raised it arms one after the other as he climbed out of the pool and gave an eerie laugh that gave chills to all who heard it.

Every monster and citizen in Halloween Town began to clap and laugh as the skeleton began to bow and raise it hands.


Many students in the Great Hall had their mouths opened in shock by the end of the song. Wondering what the hell they were getting themselves into.


The two witches were sniggering to each other in high pitched voices, and the clown exclaimed to the Ghoul "It's over!" with a fist pump. And the Ghoul said "We've done it!" with a bump with its belly to the clown.

The werewolf said, "Wasn't terrifying," and the Ghoul said "What a night!"

The mayor walked through the crowd of people and said to the crowd, "Was it not a great night!" And everyone agreed and cheered for the skeleton man.

This was the Lord of Halloween; the great Pumpkin King; Jack Skellington.


As Dumbledore finished the chapter and marked the book, the hall broke out in whispered conversations. The Slytherin's were wondering among themselves if any of the book was true; the Hufflepuff's were shivering in fright and were hoping that none of it was true; the Ravenclaw's were wondering on how the magic worked for the town and how the book had given the students images of the story; and finally the Gryffindor's were wondering if anything more interesting was going to happen any time soon.

Most of the muggleborns though knew what was happening, that this story was the same and real from Christmas' Eve years ago. They knew that this was going to be the same story as one of the most frightful night of their young lives.

(1)

Miles away, the uninspected visitor flew through the night, past Scotland and through England, until she flew through Private Drive street. She flew towards the woods until she came upon a clearing with seven large trees with doors upon them. She flew a few times in a circle till the tree with a jack-o-lantern opened for her. She flew through a cemetery and a town, up a large hill and through a magnificent mansion, until she landed upon a great skeletal figure; a certain Pumpkin King in fact.

With a tilt of its head, Jack listened closely as she hooted to him on what she saw at Hogwarts. About how the students reacted and what they were all reading in the Great Hall.

With a mad crackle, Jack spoke to his companion in glee, "Really? Well if they are indeed reading about what I think they are; it would be considered rude if I did not show up. Would it not?"

Jack sprang up from his leather seat and walked towards his wardrobe closet as the owl flew to her perch, watching Jack. "Hmn. What should I wear? No, no. Not this. Certainly not that!" Jack said to himself as he rifled through his closet for something perfect to wear.

Finally, with an exclamation of "Aha!" Jack pulled out his favorite suit. It was a black and gray pin-striped suit in three pieces with a long black tail coat and a black and red bat bow tie. With a large grin upon Jack's face, he turned to his two beloved companions, "Hedwig? Zero? What do you think?"

Jack's two companion looked at the clothing that Jack picked with approval and gave their response. "Hoot, hoot!" "Ruff! Bark!"

Jack smiled even wider as he put it on and spoke up once again after he was finished looking at the mirror, "Hey Zero? You up for a quick trip tonight?"

As Jack walked towards his door, all you could hear was the approval of a ghost dog named Zero as they left the mansion. "Ruff! Ruff."


TBC…

Word Count: 3,007

Published: December 21, 2013