Trick or treat time is almost here with the chance to dress up, have fun, and eat cakes and goodies that you might normally avoid. Or at least watch a scary movie.
Halloween isn’t necessarily party time for everyone, but with an Android device, you can certainly celebrate the annual observance of All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween is a modern contraction of this name) with a collection of useful and entertaining apps and games.
Themes, Wallpapers, and Ringtones
Let’s get started with redecorating your Android smartphone or tablet for Halloween. Various live wallpapers are available, such as Halloween HD Live Wallpaper, Halloween Live Wallpaper (below), and Halloween Live Wallpaper FREE among many others.
GO Launcher EX Theme Halloween is an ideal new look for your phone for the end of October, and naturally requires GO Launcher EX to be installed on your device. Similarly, GO SMS Happy Halloween Theme is for the GO SMS Pro app. Finish off your re-skin with this Halloween Theme Keyboard.
Free Scary Halloween Ringtones is a good place to get really atmospheric for October 31st with its 45 ringtones and sounds, although Horror Movie Ringtones ($1.50) might be more up your street. Make sure you’re familiar with setting up ringtones on Android before proceeding, though!
Getting Your Spooky Costume Right
Probably the highlight of Halloween is to get right into the party spirit and fix yourself a great costume. This will probably mean clothes, but may also require some makeup.
Need to buy a costume but think you’ve left it too late? Halloween Costumes is a good online shopping app with an easy interface and a wide selection of outfits.
Looking for a way to really create an impression without spending money on a costume this Halloween? The answer, surely, is in makeup. With this pair of apps you should have all your bases covered! Horror Makeup Free gives you video and photographic instructions (pictured above) on making black eyes, zombies, cuts, abrasions, and more, while Fantasy Makeup has a vast collection of over 100 original designs for all sorts of occasions.
Parties, Food, and Pumpkin Carving
Perhaps you’re heading out in costume this Halloween to collect sweets and treats from your neighbours or attending a party. Both of these activities work so much better when the effort is made to go all-out on the food and decorations, and there are Android apps that can help here.
If you’re really prepared for Halloween, you probably already have your pumpkin. Assuming you’re using a real one and not a plastic substitute pumpkin, you may well need some ideas for carving a ghoulish aspect. 101 Pumpkin Carving Ideas (above) is probably the best place to start. When you’re ready, start carving, but be sure to check our list of 28 geeky Jack O’Lantern’s you can carve for Halloween!
For those hosting a party, having a useful tablet or smartphone like Halloween Recipes Book App is clearly the best way to ensure that your Halloween treats are as tasty, enjoyable and spooky as they should be!
Movies And Games For Those Staying In
If you’re not planning to get out and about dressed as a zombie Homer Simpson this Halloween, you can still get in the swing of things with these apps and games that will bring the spooky atmosphere into your home.
Get started with horror movies, which are abundant on Android. Probably the best place to start is with 100 Horror Films, while Classic Horror Movies features a collection of spooky flicks from the 1900s. Finally, fill in the gaps with Free Horror Movie Classics where you will find around 100 horror films for Halloween from the 1930s onwards.
For gamers who want to enjoy some immersive Halloween thrills, Spooky Manor ($1.15) is a mystery game in which you explore the eponymous house to find your way into the attic and claim an inheritance. Meanwhile Halloween Games is a collection of nine puzzle-style titles, ideal for children and adults alike. For the more in-depth gaming experience, there are various MMOs that run Halloween events (Guild Wars 2’s is particularly good fun).
A more adult title is Trigger Zombie Waves Strike 3D, an FPS with good graphics and a Doom/Quake style setting. Play it with headphones in for real adrenalin-pumping fun on October 31st!
What Are You Favorite Halloween Apps?
Whether you’re a fan of trick or treating or if you just like to stay home on All Hallows’ Eve, you should find something above to fulfill any requirements on the big night. You’ll find games, movies, themes, costume and makeup tips, and even Halloween recipes on Google Play.
Is there anything you would add? Do you have a favourite app, or a spooky Android game you would have included? Tell us your thoughts below!