Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a captivating celebration that descends upon us every year on the 31st of October. With origins tracing back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween was once a time to light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off wandering spirits. Fast forward to today, and this festival has transformed into a time of merriment, costumed celebrations, and delightful scares.
The reasons we celebrate Halloween are as diverse as the costumes you’ll see roaming the streets on this eerie night. While it initially served as a way to mark the end of the harvest season and the start of the dark, cold winter – a time associated with death in Celtic traditions – today, it’s more about community, creativity, and candy. Kids (and let’s admit, adults too!) look forward to the “trick-or-treat” tradition where they go door-to-door, collecting a delectable assortment of treats.
Typically, Halloween is marked by carving spooky faces into pumpkins to create jack-o’-lanterns, decorating homes with ghostly figures, and indulging in scary movie marathons. However, it’s not just about the scare factor. Halloween is when communities come together, families engage in fun-filled activities, and everyone gets a chance to embrace their inner child.
But have you ever thought about bringing a twist to these traditional celebrations? How about adding a touch of creative building to the mix? This is where Halloween-themed LEGO® sets come in, transforming how we celebrate this enchanting holiday.
Halloween-Themed LEGO® Sets: A Combination of Spook and Fun
LEGO® has a delightful range of Halloween-themed sets that bring the chills and thrills of the season to your very own living room. These intricate models are perfect for setting the Halloween mood, building with family or friends, and serving as unique holiday decorations.
LEGO® Haunted House (10273)
Set Number: 10273
Theme: Fairground Collection
Year Released: 2020
No. Pieces: 3231
RRP: £259.99 / $299.99 / 299.99€
This awe-inspiring model is much more than your typical LEGO® set. With over 3000 pieces, the “Haunted House” brings the mysterious allure of a haunted mansion right to your tabletop. Complete with a tower drop ride, cursed paintings, and haunted objects, this LEGO® set is filled with spooky details and surprises. The final product is an intricately designed house that adds a fantastic flair to your Halloween setup.
LEGO® Vampire and Bat (40203)
Set Number: 40203
Year Released: 01 Sep 2016 – 31 Dec 2017
No. Pieces: 150
RRP: £8.49 / $5.99
The “Vampire and Bat” set is a charming, small-scale model that allows you to construct a fun scene featuring a cheeky vampire and his bat companion. With only 150 pieces, this set provides a fun, quick build that results in a playful addition to your Halloween decorations. Whether you’re a LEGO® novice or an expert builder, this set provides an enjoyable experience that perfectly captures the spirit of Halloween.
LEGO® Halloween Hayride (40423)
Set Number: 40423
Year Released: 01 Aug 2020 – 31 Dec 2020
No. Pieces: 148
RRP: £11.99 / $12.99 / 12.99€
The “Halloween Hayride” set offers a unique take on Halloween festivities. The set includes a tractor pulling a hay wagon, complete with a scary scarecrow, pumpkins, and even a spooky tree. Once completed, the set paints a picturesque Halloween-themed countryside hayride scene. The relatively low piece count and affordable price make it a wonderful gift or family project to ramp up the Halloween mood.
LEGO® Halloween Ghost (40351)
Set Number: 40351
Year Released: 2019
No. Pieces: 136
RRP: 01 Sep 2019 – 31 Dec 2020
The “Halloween Ghost” is a cute, small-scale LEGO® set. This fun-sized set, part of the Monster Fighters theme, consists of a spooky ghost and a clock standing on a small platform. The ghost glows in the dark, adding an extra spook factor. It’s a perfect little addition to any Halloween LEGO® collection or a cute decoration for your home during the holiday season.
LEGO® Spiders Set (40021)
Set Number: 40021
Year Released: 2011
No. Pieces: 54
RRP: £3.99 / $4.99
This simple but fun set allows you to build a creepy-crawly spider and its web. The “Spider & Web” set may not have many pieces, but it’s sure to give you the Halloween chills once completed. This set is perfect for those who are just beginning their LEGO® journey or for those who are looking for a fun, quick build to get into the Halloween spirit.
LEGO® Pumpkin (40055)
Set Number: 40055
Year Released: 2013
No. Pieces: 52
RRP: £3.99 / $4.99
When you think of Halloween, the image of a carved pumpkin immediately springs to mind. The “Pumpkin” LEGO® set allows you to create your own jack-o’-lantern without the mess! It’s a simple, quick-to-build set that adds a dash of festive Halloween spirit wherever you decide to display it.
LEGO® Skeleton Guy (71010)
Set Number: 71010
Year Released: 2015
No. Pieces: 5
RRP: £2.49 / $3.99
The “Skeleton Guy” is a part of the LEGO® Minifigures theme. With just seven pieces, it’s a fun, easy build that results in a spooky minifigure complete with a pumpkin bucket. Despite its simplicity, this LEGO® set captures the essence of Halloween, making it a fun, frightful addition to any LEGO® Halloween collection.
Each of these sets, in their own unique way, embody the spirit of Halloween. They provide the fun of building and the satisfaction of creating and serve as fantastic seasonal decorations or as the basis for Halloween games and activities.
Making the Most of the Halloween Holiday with Family
Halloween is not just a celebration of all things spooky; it’s also an opportunity to bond and create unforgettable memories with your family. Introducing LEGO® into your Halloween traditions can add an extra layer of creativity and fun to the holiday. The following suggestions will help you incorporate these fantastic building sets into your family’s Halloween celebrations.
Family Building Time
Schedule a specific time for your family to gather around and build a Halloween LEGO® set together. This could be the “Haunted House” or the smaller “Pumpkin” set. Each family member can be responsible for different parts of the build. It’s a great way to encourage teamwork and communication among family members while also fostering a sense of achievement once the model is complete.
LEGO® Building Contests
Stir up some friendly competition by hosting LEGO® building contests. You could challenge each family member to create their own spooky structure using a mix of Halloween and regular LEGO® sets. Once everyone has finished their creations, have a vote to choose the spookiest, most creative, or funniest build. Don’t forget to reward the winners with some Halloween treats!
Once your Halloween LEGO® sets are built, they can become the setting for some fantastic storytelling. Turn off the lights, grab some flashlights, and gather around the LEGO® models. Each family member can take turns making up a ghost story or spooky tale related to the LEGO® set. It’s a fun way to stimulate imagination while enjoying quality family time.
Incorporate your LEGO® builds into a Halloween scavenger hunt. Hide some smaller LEGO® pieces or Halloween-themed minifigures around the house and provide clues to find them. The hunt could end at the completed Halloween LEGO® set, where a ‘grand prize’ could be waiting.
Decorating with LEGO®
Involve the whole family in using the LEGO® sets as part of your Halloween home decor. Once your Halloween LEGO® models are complete, decide as a family where they should be displayed. The “Haunted House” could take pride of place in your living room, while the “Pumpkin” or “Spider & Web” sets could add a festive touch to your dining table.
Halloween Decoration Ideas with LEGO®
Halloween and LEGO® are a match made in the creative heaven of holiday decor. These building sets provide hours of family fun and result in unique decorations that add a personal and playful touch to your Halloween home. Below are some suggestions on how to incorporate these LEGO® sets into your overall home or party decor.
A completed LEGO® set such as the “Haunted House” or the “Halloween Hayride” can make a dramatic centerpiece for your dining table or buffet. Surround it with faux cobwebs, plastic spiders, or mini pumpkins to tie it in with the rest of your Halloween decorations. Even smaller sets, like the “Pumpkin” or “Vampire and Bat,” can add a fun touch to your tablescape when combined with candles, fall leaves, or other Halloween-themed items.
Window sills offer an excellent display space for your LEGO® creations. Place the “Spider & Web” set on a windowsill for a fun, spooky surprise for passersby. The glow-in-the-dark “Halloween Ghost” can also be a great addition to your window decor, providing a subtle eerie glow when the lights are off.
Your fireplace mantel is another ideal spot for showcasing your Halloween LEGO® sets. Arrange the “Skeleton Guy” and “Vampire and Bat” amidst an array of candles, lanterns, and other Halloween decor for a festive and unique display.
Welcome trick-or-treaters or party guests with a spooky greeting from your Halloween LEGO® sets. The “Haunted House,” with its intricate details and larger size, can be an impressive decoration near your front door or entryway.
Create different thematic zones in your house using various LEGO® sets. For example, the kitchen could feature the “Halloween Hayride” to represent a haunted farm, while the living room could display the “Haunted House” and “Halloween Ghost” for a spooky mansion theme.
Can I incorporate regular LEGO® sets into my Halloween theme?
Absolutely! Halloween is all about creativity, so feel free to mix and match your regular LEGO® sets with Halloween-themed ones. You can add spooky elements like spiders or bats to your regular builds or transform a LEGO® city into a haunted town for the holiday.
Where can I find retired Halloween LEGO® sets?
Retired LEGO® sets can sometimes be found on online marketplaces like eBay or BrickLink. However, please be aware that these sets can often be more expensive due to their retired status and collectibility. Always ensure you are purchasing from a reputable seller to avoid counterfeit products.
Are these Halloween LEGO® sets suitable for children of all ages?
LEGO® sets usually come with age recommendations based on their complexity and the size of their components. It’s important to follow these guidelines to ensure a fun and safe building experience. The smaller Halloween sets are generally suitable for younger builders, but sets like the “Haunted House” might be more appropriate for older kids and adults.
How can I incorporate LED lights into my LEGO® Halloween displays?
LED lights can bring your Halloween LEGO® displays to life. Some companies specialize in providing lighting kits explicitly designed for LEGO® sets. These kits typically include tiny LED lights that can be placed inside or around your builds, adding a warm glow or spooky ambiance to your display.
What’s the best way to clean and store my Halloween LEGO® sets after the holiday?
For cleaning, use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down your assembled LEGO® sets. To store them, disassemble the sets and place the pieces in resealable bags, preferably with the instructions. Store these bags in a larger, durable storage container to protect them from damage. Label the container clearly, so you can easily find and rebuild the sets when the next Halloween season rolls around.
Are there any Halloween LEGO® sets that come with costumes or accessories?
Some Halloween LEGO® sets, particularly those in the Minifigures series like the “Skeleton Guy,” come with accessories like a pumpkin bucket. However, LEGO® does not typically produce costumes for humans in their sets.
Can these Halloween LEGO® sets be incorporated into a non-Halloween themed LEGO® city or landscape?
Yes, they can! While these sets are designed with a Halloween theme in mind, they can certainly be incorporated into any LEGO® landscape or city. For instance, the “Haunted House” could be a year-round haunted attraction in your LEGO® city. Remember, it’s your creation, so feel free to use the sets in whatever way fuels your imagination.
Halloween LEGO® sets have the potential to bring creativity, enjoyment, and a unique festive spirit into our homes. Each set provides not just a building project but a stepping stone to countless family memories and traditions. So, whether you’re an expert builder or just beginning your LEGO® journey, we invite you to explore the possibilities that these sets provide.
So, this Halloween, let’s do more than just trick-or-treat. Let’s create, let’s imagine, and let’s build. From our family at Belle-Ve Bricks to yours, we wish you a spook-tacular Halloween filled with fun, laughter, and of course, LEGO®. Happy building!