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October 11, 2012

Win a LEGO Set and Build Halloween Traditions


Christmas is in every aisle, and you know what that means: Halloween!

That's right, Halloween is approaching faster than a scary thing that moves quickly RIGHT AT YOU, and it is the perfect time for parents to put the care in scare, which is something I just made up and kind of makes me feel like a freaking genius. Also, candy.

I know what you're thinking. Halloween for kids? What are you talking about, Honea? Halloween is for drinking heavily while dressed as a slutty everything. That's not family fun, that's actual fun.

Keep it in your tunic, people.

Some backstory: When Halloween was first created by ancient pagans and Tim Burton it was meant as a way for children to explore their imagination as well as promote the prompt lose of baby teeth. I dressed as Batman, twice, and it was good.

It wasn't until Christopher Columbus discovered pumpkins, and subsequently pumpkin beer, that we took it up a notch. For the record, I made slutty Batman work.

Flash forward and I'm a dad. Halloween has come full circle and where I spent my childhood making jack-o'-lantern decorations with paper plates and crayons, my children now make jack-o'-lantern decorations with paper plates made from recycled paper, and crayons. The more things change the more you know the rest.

Decorating for Halloween has become something of a tradition for my family, and creating said decorations with my children is a very big part of that.

Enter LEGO.

We are fans in these parts and as such we do a lot of creative LEGO building, where creative equals awesome. Sometimes we wing it, and sometimes we visit the LEGO Build Together site for ideas and inspiration (they provide free instructions to build alternative creations out of your existing sets, and there are some seasonal options available).

However, after watching this LEGO build we decided that we wanted to go full monster:

Thankfully, we received the LEGO Monster Fighters: Ghost Train set from the good people at LEGO (coincidence?) and we were able to do just that.

The boys love the glow-in-the-dark pieces (ghosts!) and the fact that the set has both a train and an airplane means that there is less reason for arguments during assembly (in theory).

As an unexpected bonus the Monster Fighters (not to be confused with Foo Fighters) took do-it-yourself decorating up several highly detailed steps. At some point during the building process we realized that rather than put the set in the playroom it could actually be displayed as a Halloween decoration! Imagine our joy.

The plan is to keep the pieces of the set (and the instructions) in a separate container once it is inevitably taken apart, and hopefully reassemble it next year. The boys are thrilled and so can you!

We're giving away a LEGO Monster Fighters: Ghost Train set to one lucky DadCentric reader and you are welcome.

To enter: Leave a comment below about your favorite Halloween memory or LEGO experience. One entry per person. Please leave your email address in the box requesting it so that I am able to contact you. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE ACTUAL COMMENT EVEN THOUGH SOME OF YOU STILL WILL. Winners must live in the U.S. or Canada. Sorry, rest of the world. Comments will close on 10/15 at 11:59 p.m. PST and one (1) winner will be picked at random. You will be contacted by my personal email and I AM NOT SPAM. I don't even eat Spam, I'm a vegetarian (is Spam meat?). Winner will have 24 hours to respond. Failure to do so will result in another entry drawn at random and so forth and so on. Good luck!

I received a LEGO Monster Fighters: Ghost Train set for the purpose of review. Opinions are those of my children.


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