Children feeling sick after eating too many sweets? Cable television showing endless reruns of Blair Witch Project? Local supermarket shelves packed high with pumpkins? It must be Halloween!
Halloween has grown to become one of the most popular American parties in recent years. While those in Europe view it mainly as an event for the kids, in the US it’s now an excuse for adults to get themselves dressed up in some outrageous fancy dress costumes.
If you’re struggling to get into the spirit of things this year, don’t panic. Here are some of the best Android Halloween apps that’ll will help you feel scarily ghoulish and yet prepared at the same time.
Ok, so this isn’t a typical Halloween app, but it’s incredibly useful for using on the day of Halloween.
Trick or treating is one of the most enjoyable and well-known customs of Halloween. Sadly, in the modern world it’s also one of the most dangerous. Of course, you can never totally remove the risk or the worry of letting your young child out on the streets, but you can give yourself some peace of mind by always knowing where they are.
The Family Locator app lets you see your family’s locations in real time on a map, it’ll send you notifications when your kids reach certain destinations, and it’ll alert you if they go into dangerous areas.
If you’re the parent of a really young child, you might not consider it safe enough to let them out trick or treating even with the above app. This is especially true if you live in a large city or near dangerous roads.
Thankfully, you can recreate all the fun of the annual door-knocking tradition straight from your Android device.
The app features several neighborhoods to explore, and you can choose to “knock” on five doors per street. Predictably, some houses are scary and haunted while some are warm and cozy and inhabited by friendly old ladies. The aim of the game is to accumulate as many points as possible based upon the quality of your treats.
It should be noted that some of the reviews have said the app can get repetitive. It’s probably wise to download this app on Halloween itself to maximize your child’s engagement.
Shops, businesses, and restaurants will all decorate their establishments, so why shouldn’t you decorate your phone?
The best way to do this is by downloading some Halloween-themed wallpapers.
The Halloween Live Wallpaper app doubles as a decorative device and a game. It features ghosts, witches, vampires, and assorted other evil characters, all of whom lurk somewhere within your phone. It will let you control the ghouls and unlock collectable cards along the way, and there is also an “arachnophobia mode” which lets you chase spiders off your screen and back to their hiding place.
But we won’t tell you what happens if you let them all get loose at the same time…
Once you’ve got your device looking like Halloween, you need to make it sound like Halloween.
The Halloween Ringtones app doesn’t just provide tones for when your phone rings — it can offer a complete makeover of all your phone’s jingles. That includes sounds for messages, alarms, and other notifications.
Examples of the types of ringtones available include “mummy zombie”, “dark laugh”, “knife scrape horror”, “spooky chains”, and “maniacal witches”.
Carving up a pumpkin is hard work. The last thing you want to do is make a mistake and have to trek to the store to buy a new one.
Thankfully, Pumpkin Carver helps you eliminate this worry by letting you practice your design before you start on the real thing. Just choose the pumpkin you want to decorate, then take your pick from a wide variety of tools to get it looking exactly the way you want it. Once you’re finished, you can save your design and share it with family and friends.
There is also a paid version ($2 USD) which adds extra pumpkins and high definition graphics.
Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Perhaps you hear strange noises in the night? Now you can find out thanks to Ghost Communicator 13 Detector.
If you fancy yourself as a real life ghost-buster, this is the app for you — it claims to be the “most advanced ghost detector available”. It uses complex algorithms to analyze the nearby energy emissions and electromagnetic fields in order to triangulate the location of beings from the other side. The results are then presented on a radar map; it’ll show you exactly how far you are from the spirit of your great, great, great grandma.
Of course, those strange noises could just be your dog.
Planning a big Halloween party and worried about forgetting something? You’re going to need some help. Step forward the Halloween Planner app.
The app covers everything you need to make your bash go off with a bang. Or a scream. It comes complete with pre-populated checklists that include 180 items that you need to make your gathering a success. The items are categorized into groups (for example, “Displays”, “Costumes”, “Candy”, etc.), and you can add more items to the lists as you think of them.
Lists can be shared with your co-planners, and there’s also an option to password-protect certain lists in case you’re planning a big scary surprise!
We can’t finish a list of must-have Halloween apps without mentioning arguably the greatest mobile-based Halloween-themed game of all time. Since the original game was launched in 2009 it has racked up an impressive 30 “Game of the Year” awards from an assortment of respected reviewers.
In case you don’t know, the premise behind the game is to stop zombies from entering your home by using a variety of plants to either attack them or defend yourself. This sequel introduces new plants, new zombies, and new themed levels.
Your Scariest Apps?
Which apps do you make sure you’ve got on your phone in time for the end of October? Have you tried the apps we mentioned? What did you think? Would you recommend them?
As ever, we’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. You can get in touch via the comments section below.