Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, is picking out some of the best builds for the autumn and Halloween season.
It’s that time of year again when autumnal wreaths decorate doors and pumpkins appear in the supermarkets. As the autumn chill sets in, so spooky stories come out, along with creepy Halloween inspired LEGO. For fans wanting to add some Halloween fun to their homes, what sets has the LEGO Group got for a frightfully good build?
For fans who just want a little Halloween fix then there’s plenty to choose from. One of the simplest ways might be to grab Zombie Captain America from 71031 Marvel Collectible Minifigures (£3.49/$4.99). There’s also a Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) inspired BrickHeadz figure, 40492 La Catrina (£9.99/$9.99), which looks like she stepped right out of Disney’s Coco with her beautiful traditional face-paint and marigolds in her hair. It may be tiny but with its bright purple and orange colour scheme, 60251 Monster Truck (£8.99/$9.99) adds a dash of speedy thrills and chills from the City range.
Continuing with the BrickHeadz theme, but at a slightly more mid-range budget, then 40496 Voldemort, Nagini & Bellatrix (£21.99/$24.99) is perfect for Wizarding World fans looking to add some villains to their display. The new seasonal 40497 Halloween Owl (£11.99/$14.99) comes with a perfect feathery scowl and pumpkins, whilst 31121 Crocodile (£24.99/$29.99) would be a great model to hide in a bathroom or somewhere else inconspicuous to give guests an unexpected fright.
If there’s one thing that Hogwarts knows how to do well it is seasonal decorating, especially Hagrid’s giant pumpkins and 75947 Hagrid’s Hut: Buckbeak’s Rescue (£49.99/$59.99) comes with a whole patch of the brightly coloured vegetables.
A classic Halloween decoration is a jolly skeleton, so 71721 Skull Sorcerer’s Dragon (£74.99/$79.99) is the perfect NINJAGO set for this time of the year. The dragon is completely made to look like bones, and the set also comes with some really cool skeleton Samurai minifigures. It also matches with 71722 Skull Sorcerer’s Dungeons (£89.99/$99.99), which mixes fiery lava, rickety rope bridges and an eponymous skull into one giant play-set.
Marvel fans should definitely consider 76187 Venom (£54.99/$59.99), which can double as an all-year display piece not just for Halloween. The LEGO busts range also offers 76182 Batman Cowl (£54.99/$59.99) and there’s nothing like a good caped crusader binge in autumn when bats are a common sight.
So you want to go big or go home with the Halloween decorating? Something so massive that is stands as a creepy centrepiece? Good news is the LEGO Group have you covered, particularly 75810 The Upside Down (£179.99/$199.99) while fans wait even longer for Stranger Things Season 4 to come out. 10274 Ghostbusters ECTO-1 (£179.99/$199.99) is a great choice to build before seeing the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie, and an excuse to put on the classic theme-song nice and loud.
For a build to while away the long autumn nights then 10273 Haunted House (£209.99/$249.99) is absolutely perfect, plus it is packed with role-play opportunities, from hidden treasure to potion labs.
No matter whether you want a haunted house or just an autumnal abode, there’s a set that will work within the LEGO range for you this October. Plus with a mix of licensed fandoms and regular sets, there’s a price range for everyone too, so your wallet won’t get sucked dry by an overzealous vampiric impulse buy.