Disney
Dana Rose Falcone
October 19, 2015 AT 05:47 PM EDT

In addition to cooler temperatures, an influx of pumpkin products, and flu season, fall also brings a slew of festive films. Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, and Casper get you in the mood to dress up and binge on candy, and weeks later, Home Alone, Elf, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas prep us for the most wonderful time of the year.

And then there’s The Nightmare Before Christmas — Tim Burton’s 1993 animated film that doesn’t quite fit into either category. So when a curious child got the chance to ask director Henry Selick a question during a Q&A about the film at Colorado’s Telluride Horror Show film festival, she wanted to know exactly that: “Is this a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie?” (We, too, posed the question on the movie’s 20th anniverary and came up with inconclusive results.)

“It’s a Halloween movie,” Selick responded, finally putting the debate to rest.

So there you have it. Cue up The Nightmare Before Christmas after your next viewing of The Addams Family.

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