A recent comment from another parent said it all: “When they call it Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, they’re not talking about the price. That truly IS scary!” Even going to one of the most affordable nights (back near the beginning of September), it is a pretty hefty price tag to attend the evening event. This year, we expanded our Halloween celebrations by taking a trip down to LEGOLAND for their “Brick or Treat” event.
Brick or Treat is included with your regular admission, and is a daytime event held on weekends in October and on Halloween day. The park is open from 10 AM to 8 PM. There are events throughout the day, but many of the events occur in the afternoon. Here’s some of the highlights.
Oversized LEGO Sculptures
It wouldn’t be a LEGO park without impressive displays of those signature bricks. From a gigantic Jack-o-Lantern to a 13-foot model of the Monster Fighters set No. 9464 (the Vampyre Hearse), there are some great photo ops that are only available this time of year.
Beginning at 4 PM, there are costume parades (4 PM for ages 4 and under, 5 PM for ages 5-7, and 6 PM for ages 8-12). It may not be the Boo to You parade, but every child who participates receives a small gift.
Two Scavenger Hunts
There are two scavenger hunts available throughout the day. In MINILAND USA, you are searching for skeleton bones in the different displays. When we did this, it took about a half an hour to find all of the bones. By turning in the slip with the correct answers, you are entered for a drawing for LEGO prizes.
The other scavenger hunt involves searching for candy corn signs with a word on it throughout the whole park. This one wasn’t hard, but it was time-consuming. Expect to cover almost every inch of the park, looking for the candy corn. Once you have all the words, unscramble the phrase and submit it for a chance to win a prize.
All kids 12 and under win a souvenir Brick or Treat brick when they submit their entry.
Throughout the day, there are stations where you can build different LEGO creations, from a spider to add to a web or the world’s largest Vampyre, plus events like meeting with a Master Model Builder to decorate the Imagination Zone, or building a mosaic piece by piece that will be completed on Halloween.
The Brick or Treat event allows you to meet some very unique LEGO characters, such as the Witch, the Mummy, Frankenstein, and more. The great part of this was that there were next to no lines for those meet and greets.
Brick or Treat Trail
No Halloween event would be complete without candy. The Brick or Treat Trail can be a bit crowded later in the afternoon, but is a great way for kids 12 and under to walk away with a bag full of candy. The only disappointment for my daughter is that there were no items with chocolate in them (just things like Smarties, Twizzlers, and Starburst). Still, as she doesn’t like candy all that much, it is the act of trick or treating that she loves more.
With the exception of Halloween itself, the Brick or Treat event concludes with a fireworks show.
Admission to LEGOLAND starts at $71 for a one-day ticket or $99 for an annual pass, meaning that a year’s admission to LEGOLAND isn’t much more expensive than one night at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Because the event is geared for ages 12 and under, older kids (or adults without kids) may find that this event is not their speed, but for families with young children, the event provides a fun alternative for Halloween thrills.