Boo! Halloween Apps for Fun and Safety

by on October 29, 2012 · 41 comments

Halloween is a highlight of the year for kids young and old who enjoy spooky, scary fun. Make Halloween even more fun and safe with these apps.

Fun Halloween Apps

Greedy Jump

In this fun action game, you help Greedy Dracula Egg climb jack-o-lantern nest to reach the moon while collecting fiery skulls, creepy keys and spooky severed hands.
Here is a video of Greedy Jump in action:

This addictive game is free for a limited time for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store. Note that in-app purchases are available for this app.

Spooky Sounds

Spooky Sounds has ten different spooky sounds for you to play and set the stage for Halloween. What’s really fun about this app is that there are three different ways to play the sounds:

  • Pressing Play
  • Using a Countdown Timer
  • Using a Motion Detector

Imagine the possibilities for scaring your friends!

Spooky Sounds is free for Android devices at Google Play.

Mad Lips

>Take a picture of yourself in costume, then use Mad Lips to turn the picture into a scary or funny video! Check out my full review of Mad Lips: You’ll Be Mad for Mad Lips.

Mad Lips is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for $2.99 in the iTunes App Store.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

This app is part fun, part nostalgia and part educational as you play games and learn with the original Peanuts characters. The dialogue is from the original 1966 show and the app is narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown. You can go trick or treating with the Peanuts characters, learn how to play the songs with highlighted notes, and bob for apples with Snoopy.

Great Pumpkin Snoopy Peanuts iPhone Android

This app is available on sale for $2.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store. The app is also available for $2.99 for Kindle Fire and other Android devices in the Amazon AppStore. According to PCMag.com, this app will be the free app of the day at Amazon on Halloween.

Note that this app offers in-app purchases.

Scary Camera

Take a picture of your friend and add scary effects. Insert ghosts, bugs and other frightening images into the photo.

Scary Camera is free for Android at Google Play. A similar app, also called Scary Camera, is free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in the iTunes App Store.

Crazy Pumpkin

Whether you want a fun game or are looking for inspiration to carve your pumpkin, Crazy Pumpkin is loads of laughs. Mix and match eyes, noses and mouths to create your perfect pumpkin! Shake the phone to get a flickering light and scary sounds.

Crazy Pumpkin is free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.

Also check out Carve a Pumpkin for Android devices free at Google Play.

Yumm Halloween

This cute and addictive free game tests your reflexes. Hold your finger to the monster’s mouth and see if you can pull it out in time before he bites! If you lose, virtual blood splatters on the screen so this game is for adults and older children. (Don’t worry, no actual pain is involved.)

Here’s a video showing you how Yumm can gobble your finger:

Yumm Halloween is available free for Android devices at Google Play.

Also see Yumm app free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.

MASH Halloween App

The MASH Game (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House) game has a free Halloween edition app. Tell the app your costume choices and let it concoct a story about your Halloween fun.

MASH Halloween is available free for Android devices at Google Play and for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.

Halloween City

Create your own virtual town and populate it with monsters. You can cross-breed your monsters to create new monsters. Add haunted houses, ghostly caves and other buildings to your scary city.

The app is free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.

Apps to Keep You Safe

Location Apps

Use location apps to keep track of your children and others in your Trick or Treating group. Note that you must be connected to the Internet for location apps to work.

Keep track of others with Find My Friends on the iPhone. You can locate others who are bringing their iPhones along when they Trick or Treat by connecting using Find My Friends. You can set the approval for a limited time if you just want to connect for Halloween night. Find My Friends is free in the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Also check out Family Where?, a T-Mobile service you can use to locate other members of your family. Those with an Android phone can download the free app at Google Play. Those with other types of smartphones can log into MyT-Mobile.com to see the location of phones on the account. The service is free for the first month, then $9.99/month for up to ten phone lines on an account.

Verizon Family Locator can help you locate family members who are using a Verizon smartphone The Family Locator app is available free for Android devices at Google Play or by heading to this website on other smartphones. The service has a monthly fee of $9.99 for up to ten phones on one account.

AT&T Family Map is a service for AT&T contract phones that lets you locate family members with this feature enabled on their phones. The service is free for the first month and $9.99/month for two family members and $14.99 for up to five family members.

Sprint Family Locator tracks your children’s phone location. The service is available through a free Android app at Google Play. The service is free for 15 days, then $5/month for up to four phones.

Flashlight Apps

Turn your smartphone into a beacon with smartphone apps. Use the flash of your smartphone camera as a flashlight.

Make sure your smartphone is fully charged before you leave home because these flashlight apps can drain your battery very quickly.

Flashlight by Rik is a free iPhone app that turns your flash on your camera on constantly to use it as a flashlight. Shake the phone and the flashlight acts as an SOS signal in Morse code. You can also program the phone manually to flash a Morse code message. Flashlight by Rik is free for the iPhone 4 and above in the iTunes App Store.

Brightest Flashlight Free is an Android app that turns on all available lights on your Android phone. This app illuminates the flash light on your camera, turns the screen on to its brightest level and shows a white screen, and turns on backlit keyboards to their maximum brightness. This app is free for Android devices at Google Play.

Plants vs. Zombies

The American Dental Association is teaming up with Pop Cap Games to fight tooth decay for Halloween. You can help stop Zombie Mouth by giving out free coupons for a Plants vs. Zombies free PC/Mac software game instead of candy. You can print out the free coupons at the Stop Zombie Mouth website.

Okay, I know this isn’t an app, but that’s my trick to give you a treat!

Bottom Line

Use apps this Halloween for fun and safety. Stay safe as you Trick or Treat!

Do you celebrate Halloween? Do you have any Halloween apps you recommend? Let us know in the Comments section below!

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Harleena Singh
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October 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

Wow Carolyn!

I was just waiting for such a great list of apps for Halloween – I just knew you would come up with something special. :)

While we don’t celebrate Halloween the way you all do, we do have our own little way where the kids gather up with their friends and have fun. I’m going to forward this post to them and they would do the needful and forward it to their friends I’m sure. I loved the Yumm Halloween – what a laugh. :)

Wholesome post indeed, and thanks so much for sharing this with all of us. Hope you all are safe – prayers are with you.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

Hi Harleena, I’m so glad you like these apps. I had a lot of fun working on this article. You’re right, Yumm is adorable even if he’s a little scary. ;-)

Thank you for your good wishes, Harleena. I’m hoping Sandy has as little impact on us as Hurricane Irene did last year.
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Sylviane Nuccio October 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

Hi Carolyn.

Wow, you sure made some research to come up with all these Halloween tech tools!

I think that the Scary Camera would be something I’d have fun with. I didn’t know that Halloween got all tech this days. Great list of all the choices out there!
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hi Sylviane, Yes, playing with fun apps is all part of the job. ;-) I love doing these articles because they are so much fun. Yes, you’re right, Scary Camera would be fun year ’round!

You don’t have to use these apps to have fun on Halloween, but they do make Halloween a lot more fun. :-)
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Adrienne
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October 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

All of those apps look like fun Carolyn. Of course I won’t be taking any photos of anyone before Halloween but it’s great to know for future reference. I do have the Mad Lips upon your request and it’s a fun app.

Best of luck to you and your family through Sandy. I had heard that it was downgraded to just a tropical storm. Hoping that is the truth and you’ll just get lots of annoying rain. I’ll be thinking of you.

~Adrienne
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hi Adrienne, I’m so glad you like these apps. I’m a big fan of Mad Lips and I’m glad you are too.

You don’t have to use new photos with Scary Camera. You can use photos you have in your photo library. But you don’t want to scare anyone too badly! ;-)

The weather reports here are that the storm is intensifying. We got lucky with Irene so I hope we get lucky with Sandy as well!

I hope you have a very happy and safe Halloween, Adrienne! (~~)
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Barry Wells October 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

Hi Carolyn,

My daughter was born on Halloween so we’ve only ever got into it when she was young and we’d mix both her birthday and Halloween together.

This list of apps look like fun, I may try the lips one myself ha ha ;)

Thanks for including the location apps. I think this is an extremely important one for people to have on their childrens phones.

I’m also grateful for the flash-light ones as I carry a torch with me 24/7 (my eyesight isn’t what it should be) so this one’s going to help no end ;)

Sandy is on the news here and looks extremely worrying so my thoughts are with you and everyone else in its path.

Stay safe Carolyn and I hope to see you back to normal ASAP.

Thinking of you,
Barry
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Hi Barry, Thanks for your good wishes. The lights are flickering here but we’re on high ground so we should be okay. The news videos are pretty amazing though.

I’m so glad you liked this list, Barry. I wanted to mix fun and useful apps. You’re right, these apps could be helpful at any time of year.

Happy birthday to your daughter, Barry! (~~)
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Ruth Zive October 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

My son is going to LOVE these! Thanks for sharing Carolyn.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Hi Ruth, I’m so glad he will like these. Happy Halloween to you and your family, Ruth! (~~)
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Bill Dorman
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October 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Cool apps; good luck w/ the storm, it’s a big one indeed……
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hey Bill, Thanks. We survived. Lost electricity for a while but I’m thinking we’re good now.

So great to see you back on the ‘Net again, Bill! :-)
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Jens P. Berget
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October 30, 2012 at 12:36 am

I definitively have to check out some of these apps Carolyn. My kids love Halloween. When I was a kid we didn’t celebrate Halloween in Norway, but now… I guess things have changed. We’ve bought costumes, lots of candy and tomorrow, I’ll be outside walking (in the rain) with my kids from house to house asking for Candy :)
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Hi Jens, Yes, Halloween is a favorite of many kids. Dressing up and getting candy, what kid wouldn’t love that? Plenty of adults like it too! It’s so cute to see the kids coming to the door too.

I hope your children love these apps, Jens! (~~)
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Jack October 30, 2012 at 2:38 am

Amazing post and completely creepy apps Carolyn! Android has totally shaken the amount of apps other OS used to launch. I tried using spooky sounds app to scare my sister and it was a complete LOL moment for me after watching her expression. I personally like Scary camera app, even that is a good addition to my Halloween app collection. Please keep posting such kind of amazing Halloween apps.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Hello Jack, I’m so glad you like these fun apps. I have a brother and I’m sure he would love to scare me with these apps. I hope your sister finds some fun apps to scare you with too! :-)
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Tim Bonner October 30, 2012 at 7:10 am

Hey Carolyn

I hope everything is okay with you and that hurricane Sandy isn’t causing too much destruction in your neck of the woods. The news reports over here certainly make it look pretty scary!

My son will love these apps for Halloween. We’re going trick or treating, or “guysing” as it’s known in Scotland but only with friends. I don’t think it’s such a big thing over here in the UK as it is in the US.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Hi Tim, Thanks so much for your good wishes. We lost power for quite a while but it’s back again now. Nothing like losing electricity to make you appreciate it just a bit more.

I didn’t know that you call Halloween guysing in Scotland, Tim. But whatever you call it, I hope you have fun!
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Tim Bonner October 31, 2012 at 12:58 am

Hey Carolyn

Glad to hear everything’s okay.

They still call it Halloween, it’s just trick or treating that’s known as guysing. I think maybe after Guy Fawkes, although I could be wrong!
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 31, 2012 at 7:11 am

That’s what I was thinking, Tim, but do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in Scotland?
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Brian D. Meeks ( October 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

This was a really well done post. It must have taken quite a bit of time to find all of those and play with them. I’m definitely going to get the first one and Halloween City.
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hi Brian, Welcome to The Wonder of Tech! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I had a lot of fun writing it. I could write a blog just about apps, I love them so much, but there is so much other great tech that I want to share with readers I prefer not to limit The Wonder of Tech to just apps.

Enjoy your Halloween apps, Brian! (~~)
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Zainil Dedhia October 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Hi Carolyn,

I am not sure if I am supporting these apps. At times, I don’t like the apps, which make you experience a festival on your smart phone.

Due to the increase in the use of smart phones which are now making people enjoy their festivals on their smart phones, the celebrations of the festivals have reduced.

I always like when people come together to celebrate the festivals & I hope that they keep coming together forever! :-)
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hi Zainil, Yes, I understand your concerns. But Halloween is such a big celebration here in the US that I imagine these apps will enhance, not replace the festivities.

I hope you have a very happy Halloween, Zainil! (~~)

Murat October 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I liked the Scary Camera and mad lips apps. Both are good quality and fun to spend some time.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 31, 2012 at 7:12 am

Hi Murat, Welcome to The Wonder of Tech! Yes, I think you’ll enjoy these apps for Halloween and well beyond.
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Manickam Vijayabanu October 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Hi Carolyn,
Scary camera and Halloween city seems interesting to me :)

My Daughter is now 4 years and last Sunday they had school Halloween function at family museum. Indeed, It was real fun for parents and great activity for kids. Kids decorated their pumpkins and took photos. Fun on Trick or Treat! :)

Let me surely try the above two apps. Thanks for sharing the apps Carolyn.

Happy Halloween!
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Hi Manickam, How wonderful! I bet your daughter (and you) loved that celebration. I hope you enjoy those apps and have a very happy and safe Halloween!
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Mayura
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October 31, 2012 at 5:59 am

Hi Carolyn,

Coolie :) I’ve been trying out some of above apps on my mobile with Android OS. No… I’m not celebrating Halloween but these are the days I can find about such scary apps on most blogs and websites ;)

Safety apps are very cool. Had “Find My Friends” on my mobile, but I think it’s from another developer. On Android it allows 3 locations in free version. I’m using “Tiny Flashlight + LED” as my flashlight app. Gotta check out “Brightest Flashlight Free” :)

Did you try “Halloween Kitten” Live Wallpaper? :) That’s awesome. Anyway now downloading “Spooky Sounds”. Is there any app like “Mad Lips” for Android dear?

Thanks for sharing cool apps here ;) A timely post, I’d say.

Hope you are safe as you on high ground :) But take care and be safe dear. And Happy Halloween ;)

Cheers…
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Hi Mayura, Good point. People can enjoy these apps even if they don’t celebrate Halloween!

Mad Lips isn’t on Android now but I will check with the developer to see if he has plans to bring it to Android.

Thanks so much for your good wishes. We are high and dry now. We lost electricity for a while but we are back now.
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Jeevan Jacob John October 31, 2012 at 7:50 am

Great app collection, Carolyn :) I think I am going to give a try to few of these – especially Yumm Halloween ;)

We don’t celebrate Halloween, but we do go trick or treating (Well, we could consider that as celebration :D).

But, I don’t think we will be able to do that this year (It is freezing outside; the cold wind, from Sandy perhaps).

I hope everything is good over there, Carolyn. Sandy has caused some great damage.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hi Jeevan, I am sorry you won’t be able to trick or treat tonight. It really is a fun holiday. But it also can be miserable when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Yes, we are high and dry here. My house lost power for a while but we are back now. I feel very bad for all of the suffering I see on the news.

Happy Halloween, Jeevan! (~~)
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Jeevan Jacob John November 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Well, I still get the candy though – at least some as my sister went trick or treating (she likes trick or treating very much that she doesn’t care about the cold weather).

Yes, these natural calamities get worse by everywhere.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr November 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Yes, my kids would brave almost any weather, Jeevan, to get candy! Sometimes, though, when the weather is bad we have a ton of leftover candy. :-)
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Thomas
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October 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Hi Carolyn
There really is an app for everything and of cause there are also a bunch of apps for Halloween. I just made a search on http://www.windowsphone.com and there are a lot of them there too. It seems like whatever the event it there is someone ready with an app for it :-)
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hi Thomas, Excellent point. Thanks for letting us know about Halloween apps on Windows Phone!
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Benny October 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I have to try some of these apps, especially scary camera. Thanks.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Hi Benny, Welcome to The Wonder of Tech! I am glad you like these apps. Happy Halloween! (~~)

Donna Merrill November 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Wow Carolyn! This just made my day! I know I’m late in responding to you, but with the storm reeking havoc, I was fortunate to be in a place where I wasn’t affected. However, I had tons of family at my home and they are just getting back to normal. So am I!

Thanks for sharing these apps, I had so much fun with them.

Donna
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Carolyn Nicander Mohr November 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi Donna, I’m so glad you were safe from Hurricane Sandy. How wonderful that you were able to provide your home as a refuge for people displaced by the storm.

I’m glad these apps were able to provide you with some entertainment during difficult times, Donna.
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Clarkmartin November 12, 2012 at 4:58 am

Hi Carolyn
Awesome Post. When an app is stated as “free” please include the fact that there are in app purchases. I like this post. Thanks for share it.
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