"Sandy Claws", as Jack Skellington mishears the name "Santa Claus", is the head of Christmas Town and the deliverer of presents to children all over the world. When Jack attempts to take over Christmas duties for a year, Sandy Claws is kidnapped by Lock, Shock and Barrel under Jack's orders. However, against Jack's wishes, Sandy is taken to the bug-filled boogeyman Oogie Boogie and is nearly made into stew before Jack intervenes.
Sandy Claws narrates the poems in the beginning of the film and the "Opening" and "Closing" tracks in the soundtrack releases. In the original soundtrack, Sandy is voiced by Sir Patrick Stewart, while Danny Elfman voices Sandy in the cover album "Nightmare Revisited".