We're just a week away from Halloween, and to start celebrating the ghoulish holiday, Guinness World Records is spotlighting record holder William Wong, whose collection of 2,020 unique items is officially recognized as the largest collection of The Nightmare Before Christmas memorabilia.
William, a 46-year-old native of Hong Kong, began his collection 21 years ago, before Tim Burton’s stop-motion musical fantasy even hit theaters on Halloween weekend 1993.
When asked why he's grown his collection to such lengths, William responded: "Ever since I was very young, I’ve always been attracted to the cute and scary so it was love at first sight with The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve been collecting every item I could find since the movie debuted."
A graphic designer by trade, Wong rents a store near his office to house his vast collection of apparel, jewelry, dolls, books, trading cards and glassware. He says that his favorite item is his one-of-a-kind handmade Jack Skellington, which was made by his wife. Another particularly special item is the film’s official style guide, which has never been available for sale to the public.
He has met new friends and honed his online shopping skills because of his hobby and he also loves his official recognition, but does admit to one detrimental effect: spending a lot of money on his passion.
But, above all, William says his The Nightmare Before Christmas collection has helped him feel “satisfied, happy, fun and young.”
William is featured in the 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition of the Guinness World Records book, which is out now! Find out all about it and see more record holders like him at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2015
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