One of the best things about LEGO is that it covers virtually every theme of which you might be able to imagine. If you’re in a spooky mood because of the upcoming Halloween season, you might want to remember that LEGO has some pretty great sets that actually work very well with that theme. In fact, LEGO has so many that you really need to narrow down the top few in order to get a good idea of exactly what the company is able to do when it’s trying to really nail a spooky atmosphere.
It’s probably a good idea to remember that when LEGO does horror, it almost always has a very light touch. Most of LEGO’s more Halloween-centric sets are more about adventure than anything else, with brave investigators and explorers fighting off ghosts and ghouls. If you are hunting for something scary, you’re really just going to get light chills – and that’s definitely not a bad thing if you’re trying to make a themed display. LEGO has made a number of attempts to bring horror to brick-sized life, and those attempts have come together to make an incredible variety of sets from which consumers can choose.
Hidden Side is one of LEGO’s newest themes, and it’s definitely a bit of a departure for the company. It’s all about ghost hunting, but the big twist here isn’t action features or glow-in-the-dark minifigures. Instead, the ‘ghosts’ for the sets can only be seen if you the LEGO app’s AR functionality. It’s a cool piece of technology that makes it fun for kids who are more used to smartphone games to play with LEGO, but it’s still one that puts the build at the forefront of the process.
The Graveyard Mystery is a really good example of how the Hidden Side theme works. If you don’t have the app, you get a perfectly spooky graveyard set that has a couple of action features, a monster, and some scary backgrounds. If you have the app, though, you get a colorful haunting that really makes the set stand out. If you’re looking for a Halloween build that leverages new technology, this might be the one for you.
At 156 pieces, the LEGO Bat and Pumpkin set is actually an incredibly small build. It’s equivalent to what you’d generally find in the checkout aisle at a big box store, but that doesn’t make it a bad build. Instead, it’s important to note that this is very much a seasonal build – the kind that’s meant to be used for celebrations or a gift rather than something that’s supposed to be used by those who are really looking to up their building games.
This set is limited to a stylized bat and a pumpkin. The bat is a really cute build, not quite scary but still in line with most Halloween decorations. The pumpkin is small, but really good for decor. It’s a simple build that looks good on a mantle or on a desk, and does a superb job of demonstrating what most have come to expect from LEGO holiday sets. If you’re looking for something that is both cute and easy, this may be the best set for you.
This is one of the big playsets for the Hidden Side theme, and it definitely shows in terms of both how the set is constructed and in everything that’s included. At over 1,400 pieces, it’s one of the biggest Halloween builds out there, and it’s definitely not short on the accessories. Unlike some of the other Hidden Side builds, this one is also incredibly creepy just on its face- this is truly a very monstrous school even when you don’t use the AR effects.
While the AR effects are probably the star here, that doesn’t mean that the build only relies on the gimmick for fun. If you spin the building around, you’ll get a number of different classrooms and areas in which you can play. The kit also includes four great mini-figures as well as a ghost dog, which help to build up the cast of characters for the theme. If you’re looking to really get into this AR-driven theme or if you are just looking for a scary school to add to your collection, you’ll definitely want to look at this one.
LEGO’s holiday sets are always pretty simple. They’re not exactly the complex builds for which the company is known, but they’re not meant to be. Instead, these builds are fun little holiday additions that you can make to celebrate whatever occasion happens to be next on the calendar. No one is going to accuse this particular Halloween build of being something that takes a lot of time or skill to put together, but it’s still a really fun celebration of the holiday that includes a nice minifigure.
There’s a lot less here than you might imagine. The main buildable is a fireplace, and it has a smaller cauldron. Beyond that, you’re just getting some Halloween accessories like a pretty neat LEGO pumpkin. The real star of the show here, though, is the vampire minifigure. It looks a lot like the Vampire from Monster Fighters, making it a good replacement for a hard-to-find set. There’s also a skeleton included here, which allows builders to add yet another body to their ever-growing skeleton armies.
LEGO’s Brickheadz line is the company’s answer to desk display toys like Funko Pops or Q-Figs. Less toys that are meant to be played with or builds that are meant to challenge, you put together these stylized figures in order to display them to others. The vast majority of Brickheadz are pretty simple – just a figure with a big head and a small body. The Witch, on the other hand, is definitely a little more robust than most of what makes up the line.
The Witch definitely has the trademark Brickheadz style, but she also comes with a few accessories. This means that the Witch can brew a spooky potion while holding her magic broom, which is a lot more than most Brickheadz can do. If you are a fan of this line and you really want something that you can show off in time for Halloween, this is probably one of the easiest Halloween sets out there to build as well as the easiest one to display both at work and at home.
Monster Fighters is about as close to straight horror as LEGO has ever come, with an emphasis on the Universal monsters and everything that surrounds them. Though this line didn’t last quite as long as one might have hoped, it did leave behind some incredibly impressive builds that remain Halloween staples. If you’re looking for something that absolutely screams ‘Halloween’, you’re not going to be able to do much better than the Vampyre Castle.
This set is really great on two levels. If you’re just looking at the castle, you’ll be surprised by all of the action features that are built in here – it’s really ahead of its time, even compared to some of the sets that came out a few years later. The set also includes an incredible car with a launcher and a number of unique mini-figures. This is full-featured set that is not only worth your time to build, but that’s definitely worth a lot of table space if you are putting together a Halloween display. The only bad thing about this whole line is that it didn’t manage to stick around longer.
Scooby-Doo is one of those incredibly beloved franchises that isn’t quite horror, but it’s definitely Halloween-adjacent. It’s always been about the frights and ghouls, but there’s also always been so much comedy and so much assurance of a happy ending that it’s hard to call it scary. This Mystery Mansion set is really one of the best pieces of the Scooby-Doo theme, something that not only feels like it’s straight out of a cartoon but something that also absolutely captures the spirit of the show.
While the castle itself is a lot of fun and has some nice action features, the real draw here is the mini-figures. It’s got all of the Mystery, Inc. crew except for a missing Fred, and a trio of ‘monsters’ that reveal their real faces when you turn their heads around or remove their masks. This is an excellent homage to all of the great Scooby cartoons and something that’s perfect for anyone who loves Halloween. Definitely consider this build if you want to capture a bit of that Scooby-Doo spirit.
If you’re looking for another simple build, this one will definitely work well for you. It’s not about as simple as LEGO sets get, with just 133 pieces. There’s nothing here that’ s going to really push you as a builder or give you any trouble, but that’s not the point. Instead, you’re getting a build that makes it easy to put out a Halloween-themed bit of LEGO decoration without having to put a lot of effort into the building process. Sometimes, that’s worth more than a bigger set.
The good news here is that the set is really cute. It features a small house with a skeleton behind the door, as well as a witch and a broom. Everything here is in classic LEGO style, so it really does feel like it is a bit of a throwback compared to a lot of the other spooky sets out there. It’s not the kind of thing that you’re going to build because you want to play with it or even because it’s all that fun to put together, but you can use it to add a little bit of extra holiday spirit to your home.
The Ghostbusters movies all straddle the line between spooky and funny and tend to do so in a way that really allows fans of all ages to enjoy the films. If you’re looking for a good Halloween theme that’s still going to be fun for everyone, this build might be the one for which you are looking. Based on the more recent film in the franchise, this build features both the ECTO-1 ambulance and the ECTO-2 motorcycle, as well as the full cast of heroes from the film.
If you’re already a collector of Ghostbuster sets, don’t worry – this build is actually a fair bit different from the original ECTO-1 build, though it is still at the right scale to fit in the Firehouse playset. This is a bit easier to play around with and a lot easier to put together, so it works a lot better as a toy. If you’re interested in having a vehicle that represents one of the classic spooky franchises with some updated playability features, this is definitely a set at which you should take a look.
The Hidden Side theme continues to be an excellent source of scares for builders, especially with this train set. There’s something inherently spooky about older-style trains, and LEGO really leverages that with a few extra action features and some accessories to make a legitimately frightening toy. It comes with a few mini-figures and some nice accessories, making it not only a great spooky toy but one that’s a must-have for anyone who is serious about collecting all the parts of this theme.
Like the Graveyard Building, a lot of the Ghost Train’s spooky nature really comes from the AR app. With a press of a button, you can see all kinds of ghosts and ghouls – definitely something that’s a fun Halloween treat, although it takes a little more work to show off than some of the other kits here. Fortunately, there are some more traditional action features on the train that bring a bit of their own spooky mischief as well, so you can get some scares even if you don’t happen to have a phone on you. This next-generation LEGO set is a good example of the kind of frights builders will be able to get in the future.
The Monster Fighters line definitely had a lot of really cool and creepy builds, many of which are perfect for Halloween. Though the line is probably best known for its buildings, some of those incredibly creepy builds were actually vehicles. If you’re a Halloween fan, you really can’t miss out on this hearse. With some pretty clear influences lifted from both The Munsters and Rob Zombie, this vehicle both stands out as an incredibly modern piece of the line and as one that is well-suited for Halloween decor. It’s not exactly scary, but it fits in with any kind of spooky aesthetic that you might want to create.
While this might be a creepy build, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a very complex build. Consisting only of the titular hearse and a motorcycle, it’s an easy kit to put together no matter at what skill level you find yourself. The included minifigures are pretty neat – a zombie, a hunter, and a ‘Lord Vampire’ – and there are a couple of nice little accessories included as well. Beyond that, though, you have a simple monster-themed set that really adds to the ambiance if you’re trying to put together any kind of Halloween-related display.