Jack Skellington leads the citizens of Halloween Town in organizing the annual Halloween holiday, but he's grown weary of the same routine year after year, and when he discovers a portal to Christmas Town, he decides to celebrate that holiday instead.
Anoka, Minnesota is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. When Anokans awoke to find their cows roaming Main Street, their windows soaped and their outhouses tipped over, they decided something had to be done. In 1920, a Halloween parade was scheduled, and afterward, hundreds of bags of popcorn, candy, peanuts and other treats were given away to the children who marched in the parade. By the 1930s, it was estimated that 20,000 spectators lined the streets to watch this annual event.