Spooky, Scary, Fun: The Best Halloween Apps of 2014

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It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Like any good holiday, Halloween one comes with some really cool apps to help you get into the spirit. (Or should I say “spirits”? Ooooooooooo!) Games, children’s books, wallpapers and more await your smartphone or tablet. Here’s a look at some spooky-good Halloween apps.

Carve-a-Pumpkin/Pumpkin Maker Salon

Pumpkin Maker SalonReal pumpkins are messy and hard to carve. Virtual pumpkins? No mess, easy to carve. That should come as good news to parents, who can let younger kids express their pumpkin creativity without wielding sharp objects and getting covered in pumpkin guts.

Carve-a-Pumpkin (for iOS) and Pumpkin Maker Salon (for Android) let kids choose a blank canvas, so to speak, then adorn it with eyes, a nose, a mouth and so on. When the masterpiece is done, you can save or share it. Lots of good practice here for when you bring home the real thing.

Gun Zombie: Halloween

Look, if the zombies eat you, you won’t be able to eat your candy. Let that be your motivation as you mow down endless hordes of undead in this Halloween edition (Android, iOS) of the popular Gun Zombie game. Earn cash, buy better weapons, stay alive longer, eat more candy.

Halloween Live Wallpaper

Android users, get yourself in the mood with this nifty animated background for your mobile device. Flying bats and witches against a black-silhouetted haunted house — need I say more? The app is free, and the developer offers pumpkin- and ghost-themed versions as well.

Halloween Spooky Sound Box Free

Picture this: Your phone or tablet is hooked to a speaker sitting in your window. Whenever a trick-or-treater approaches the door, you play the sound of a ghost whisper, door creak or beast growl.

Halloween Spooky Sound Box Free (iOS) serves up 50 such scary noises, all of them accessible with just the tap of a button. There’s no Android version of the same app, but Scary Halloween Sounds works similarly, offering 35 spooky effects. It’s free as well.

Hue Halloween

Hue HalloweenIf you’re a true tech nerd, you’ve probably sprung for a set of Philips Hue light bulbs, which can be controlled by your smartphone. Hue Halloween (Android, iOS) takes that control to new levels, serving up creepy music and sound effects that sync with lighting effects. Translation: Your front porch has never looked (or sounded) cooler.

The app can play its own built-in music or the Halloween-themed playlist of your choice.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

What’s better than the classic TV special of the same name? This interactive app (Android, $4.99; iOS, $5.99), which delivers not only a narrated storybook, but also animations, a costume designer, a pumpkin-carving game, a playable Schroeder’s piano and other fun stuff.

It’s educational, too, with words spoken aloud when you tap on them and highlighted musical notes.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

The Simpsons: Tapped Out Halloween

Nobody does Halloween like “The Simpsons” (25 episodes of “Treehouse of Horror,” anyone?), and around this time of year the popular game (Android, iOS) serves up plenty of Halloween-themed extras.

For example: alien invaders. Collectible trick-or-treat bags. And the whole town decked out for Halloween. Just one important caveat: As Homer points out, the game is “life-ruiningly fun.” Your free time has been warned.

Have you discovered any other Halloween-friendly apps worth mentioning? Share your favorites in the comments!

Photo credits: Electronic Arts, IJS Design, Libii, Loud Crow Interactive.

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