The calendar has made the move to October, so that means the spookiest holiday of the year — Halloween — is almost here.
And while it’s the season of ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, and more, the Amazon Echo line of smart speakers, powered by Alexa, can help you and your family get into the spirit of the season.
We’ve searched far and wide and have found 13 fun Halloween Alexa skills, giving you everything from family fun to serious scares.
How to Enable Skills
If you’re new to the world of Amazon Echo, skills are voice-controllable apps that bring a whole host of new functionality to the device.
There are a few ways to search and enable different skills:
First, you can search for them using the Amazon Skills portal online or the companion Alexa app for your iOS or Android device. From the side menu of the app, select Skills. On the specific skill page, just hit Enable.
And the simplest way to go is just to say “Alexa, enable [skill].”
Just say “Alexa, open Halloween Countdown.”
Our first choice is a simple one. With Halloween Countdown, you can ask Alexa how many days there are until the big event. It’s perfect for kids, or any kid at heart, who can’t wait for all of the fun.
Just say “Alexa, launch Ghost Detector.”
Great for children, Ghost Detector uses “highly advanced technology” to detect spirits, ghosts, and other out-of-this-world beings. You can catch one ghost per day. And the in-game currency, Ghost Bux, will eventually be able to unlock gadgets, missions, and more. While the skill is a work in progress, Alexa’s voice makes it a fun way to entertain.
Just say “Alexa, start Horror Movie Taglines.”
For many of us, Halloween and horror movies go together like trick-or-treating and candy for children. And the Horror Movie Taglines skill will test your knowledge of the scary flicks. Alexa will provide a tagline, and it will be up to you to guess the movie it’s from. You can keep guessing new taglines all night, as there are more than 100 to take a stab at.
Just say “Alexa, open Halloween Music.”
From the same developer behind the great Sleep and Relaxation Sounds skill, Halloween Music can provide a scary soundtrack for your party or while trick-or-treating. The fun skill has a ton of different music, everything from spooky instrumental tunes to a scary version of “Jingle Bells.”
5. Haunted House Screensaver [No Longer Available]
Just say “Alexa, launch Haunted House screensaver.”
Specifically for the touchscreen-enabled Echo Show, the Haunted House Screensaver features more than an hour of both video and audio as you explore a haunted house on a dark and stormy night. Definitely keep your eye for the groundskeeper, who might just be a ghost. This skill should be great for a Halloween party or just anytime you need to create a spooky ambiance.
6. Boo Bot [No Longer Available]
Just say “Alexa, ask Boo Bot for a scary story.”
For more frightening and fun, take Boo Bot for a ride. The skill will provide you a short, scary story from the /r/shortscarystories subreddit. The stories are usually more for adults, so make sure the kids aren’t listening.
Just say “Alexa, start Spooky Scream.”
If you’re looking to set a scary mood or just scare the daylights out of your friends and family, Spooky Scream lives up to its name. Once you open the skill, you can tell Alexa the number of minutes or seconds to delay before starting the scream. And just when you least expect, it will provide a number of downright scary, bloodcurdling screams.
Just say “Alexa, open Halloween Facts.”
Yes, you can even learn while having some Halloween fun. With the Halloween Facts skill, you’ll hear a different fact about the holiday. Did you know that the first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips?
Just say “Alexa, open Halloween Costume Ideas.”
For those who just can’t ever seem to pick out a Halloween costume, this skill is for you. As you could probably tell by the name, Halloween Costume Ideas is designed to help you actually find that perfect costume. To start, it will ask you different questions like “Are you a pop culture junkie?” or “Do you like to keep up with current events?” Then, after a few more Yes/No questions, it will suggest a fun costume idea.
10. Haunted House
Just say “Alexa, open Haunted House.”
A choose-your-own-adventure perfect for kids or adults, Haunted House takes place on a dark and stormy Halloween night. The story will unfold differently depending on which of the several choices you select along the way.
11. Escape the Room
Just say “Alexa, open Escape the Room.”
Escape rooms are all the rage these days, and you can even attempt your escape with Alexa with the Escape the Room skill. You’ll need to search the room, pick up items, and solve puzzles to escape.
There are three different rooms to escape from: jail cell, office, and car. The skill will track specific stats including how fast you escape from each different location. Using voice commands, you can look around the room, inspect/look at/use an object, check inventory, and see what you can do at the specific point.
Just say “Alexa, open Halloween Feel The Pressure.”
In this fun family game with a twist, you’ll be answering a specific spooky question based on a specific letter of the alphabet. While the earlier rounds are usually easy, the Halloween-themed questions crank up the difficulty in the later rounds. You’ll need to 10 correct answers in a row to win the game.
Just say “Alexa, open Spell Book.”
And for any aspiring Hogwart’s wizards this Halloween, the HP Wizard Skill Book should be right up your alley. The simple, but fun skill, will give a user a spell right out of the Harry Potter spellbook and provide a description of exactly what it can be used for. Just make sure to be careful with Avada Kedavra.
Have a Great Halloween!
Whether you’re a fan of the scary or just the cute and cuddly side of Halloween, hopefully, one of these fun Alexa skills can help make the holiday season even better.
And if you’re a real Alexa fan, here’s are some fun instructions that can help you dress up the original Echo as a ghost.
Are there any great Halloween-themed Alexa skills we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments.