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Halloween is such a great event and with the advent of smartphone apps you can enjoy your favorite parts of Halloween everywhere you go. We tested dozens of apps and compiled a list of the 8 best ones we could find in terms of the most imagination and uniqueness. We hope you enjoy these selections and have a Happy Haunted Halloween!
1. Halloween Deluxe ($0.99)
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without scary sounds and this app lets you do that and more. Opt for the paid version and avoid annoying requests to upgrade from the free one. This app includes a count down to Halloween, a soundboard, ring tones, music loops, trivia, costumes ideas, and even a option that lets you create your own colored flashlight with the screen. There are tons of Halloween soundboard apps out there but our recommendation is to ditch the others, this one has it all.
2. imut8r ($0.99)
Our favorite picture altering app, this offering gives you tremendous creative control over altering real photos of you and your friends. You have dozens of creature choices to model after including demons, zombies, werewolves, vampires. From there you’ll change skin colors add blood or sores and channel Dr. Frankenstein himself! When you’re done, save the photos and send them to your friends and family for a spooky good time.
3. 100+ Horror Stories ($0.99)
You’ll absolutely love this creative application that let’s you tell over 100 of the most popular scary stories in history, but with an added twist. During your story you can tap the screen when prompted to play an appropriate sound to add extra effect to your story. Lightning cracks, evil laughs, moans, and more will enhance your terrifying tale and keep your audience on the edge of their seats.
4. Ghost Radar ($0.99)
For all you watchers of ‘Ghost Hunters’ out there, check out the latest version of Ghost Radar from app developer Spud Pickles. The creators of this app claim it runs on a proprietary algorithm that interprets QUANTUM fluctuations of intelligent energy. Some users say the program is just reading simple electromagnetic sources in your immediate environment while others claim they’ve experienced accurate readings of actual objects in the room that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Either way, you’re bound to get hours of eerie entertainment from this original idea.
5. Ask the Dead ($0.99)
Get ready to be freaked out with this unique offering from The FORM Group. It’s a digital Ouija board that sneakily uses your phone’s contacts to return answers to your questions. You can totally prank your uninitiated friends or family into thinking you are connecting with the spirit world. You’ll get a ton of screams from this application, but be careful, you may even scare yourself….
6. Pumpkin Xplode (free)
Pumpkin Xplode is one of those annoyingly addictive games like Tetris or Angry Birds (yeah we could have easily added that one here too). But you just can’t seem to put it down because there’s always the next level to defeat. Bottom line: if it’s on your phone, you will play it. It has great graphics and sounds built into the game play. Thoughtful features include: night mode, saves game on exit or if uninterrupted by a phone call, and for you cheaters out there you have the ability to undo up to 10 moves back. There is just something so gratifying about busting up pumpkins that makes this our only game of choice for inclusion in this app review.
7. Halloween Spooky Soundbox (free)
The truth is there are dozens of free Halloween sound boards out there and you’d probably do just fine if you downloaded most any of them. Why do we recommend this one then? Two reasons: Selection and sound quality. This sound board has 35 sounds to choose from, whereas most other apps you’re lucky to get 20. Also, the sounds you get don’t sound cheap or “thin”. In other words, they don’t sound like you made them yourself on an old tape recorder. You can play the sounds on a loop (which you’ll probably never use) besides that there aren’t really any bells and whistles to this app. If we could make a recommendation to the developer, it’d be to add a delay feature in a future version.
8. Footprints (free)
While this is not a Halloween application it certainly the most useful on the list particularly if you are a parent and your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without you. You can track your multiple kid’s locations in real time without having to request location status from the people you are tracking. We’ve seen some apps where users have to “request” location and the person being tracked has to manually approve request on their device.
This app comes with a number of great features built into it. Two of our favorites are the parental settings which don’t allow kids to disable the tracking feature or delete the application on their devices, and the ability to track way points. In short it shows you where your kids have been not just where they are at the present moment. All this is provided by a beautiful interface overlaid on Google Maps. There is really nothing we don’t like about this app.
About the Author:
Chris DuPaul is a huge Halloween buff and the co-owner of the self proclaimed #1 Wonder Woman Costume website on the internet. He enjoys technology and sneaking up and scaring the crap out of unsuspecting people year round. For all you ladies out there still looking for costume ideas check out our Sexy Wonder Woman Costume page for outfits that’ll make you the star of the party.