Each Saturday night in October, Legoland California transforms itself into Halloween party central with its Brick or Treat Party nights. We decided to make the trip this year since we have an annual Merlin pass, and tickets for Brick or Treat were so inexpensive for annual pass members. It was a whirlwind weekend, leaving Phoenix on Friday and returning on Sunday, but we all had a blast and would definitely go for Brick or Treat again if we could add another day to our vacation (it is a 6 hour drive after all!)
Fun Halloween Decorations
No matter whether you visit for Brick or Treat Party Nights or just visit Legoland during October, you will still get to see Legoland decked out in its Halloween finest. Spiders and spider webs, Lego ghosts, and skeletons line the pathways. Even Miniland dresses up for the occasion with displays of graveyards, costume parties and trick-or-treating. It’s fun to wander through and see if you can spot all of the Halloween additions!
Our plan was to spend the morning in Legoland and then leave in the early afternoon to go back to our hotel and put on our costumes. Brick or Treat starts at 5:00 pm, and while the park doesn’t officially close and kick everyone out, you do need to make sure you have your Brick or Treat wristbands if you plan to stay.
Tip: if you go to the park for the day, grab your wristbands early, as the lines to pick them up get longer as the day goes on.
If I had one thing to do over again, I would not have left the costumes at the hotel. I would have brought them and left them in the car or rented a locker. Since we only had one full day to spend in the park, I felt that we didn’t get to maximize our experience since we took the time to go back to the hotel. I also saw plenty of kids in costume all day, and while I didn’t see many adults dressed up until later in the evening, I would have only felt slightly awkward in my costume during the day 🙂
Pop Badge Challenge
One of the most fun and unique activities for the night is the Pop badge challenge. There are 3 Halloween specific pop badges that you can earn by completing certain tasks. This year, the tasks included attending a special show, getting a picture with an employee in costume, and a scavenger hunt puzzle in the Adventurers’ Club. For us, as pop badge collectors, this was a must-do. We also made sure to pick up the Halloween commemorative brick, and my kids made sure to hit as many candy stations as they could.
Trick: you can complete the scavenger hunt activity during the day and save yourself some time later.
My kids loved the Mad Marty show they watched, and are still singing a song he did during the show. Unfortunately this was the only show we made it to, because my kids still wanted to get to some of the rides we hadn’t yet been on earlier in the day. This is where I feel that another day in the park would have helped us focus more on just the Brick or Treat festivities, and enjoy more of the shows.
Trick: candy stations along pathways had much shorter lines than those near rides/attractions.
We did glance at the costume contest that was being held near Miniland, and I would say that if you want a shot at winning, there is some stiff competition! I also noticed that the competition itself seemed to last a very long time, so if this is your thing, be aware that you may not have time for much else!
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There were several Halloween photo opps around the park, but I would suggest finding them while it is still light out for the best photos. Many of them were not well-lit and didn’t make for a great photo in the dark.
Tip: plan out which Brick or Treat activities your family want to do most and stick to the plan!
During the Brick or Treat hours, it was definitely more crowded than it had been during the day. I would say I have not seen it that crowded on any regular visit to Legoland, even during the summer. That meant that lines were even longer for rides, again contributing to us missing most of the shows.
Would we do it again? YES! We had a lot of fun dressing up (yes, all of us!) and enjoyed all of the Brick or Treat activities. My only wish would be that Brick or Treat hours lasted longer, or all even all day!