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9 spooktacular Android apps for Halloween 2012

October 27, 2012

Halloween is that one day in the whole year when people get to dress up in the skins of creepy crawlies and monsters that hide in dark places to haunt parties and peoples’ doorsteps for sweets. Halloween isn’t just about the costume, of course. It’s also about that distinct feeling that horror is in the air. With technology present in almost every aspect of our lives, is there still room for that feeling of being “not alone in a room”?

Mobile devices can still factor into Halloween, of course. There are apps on the Google Play Store that can help you creep up the mood, letting you share ghost stories with friends, and even do a bit of ghost hunting. You can even indulge in some creepy soundbites to accent your parties and presentations, or just to play a prank on a friend. But, if you’re a parent and you have a party to plan, there are apps for you, too.

Make Halloween an enjoyable and stress-free experience with these 9 spookstatic and spooktacular apps for your Android device.

GhostCam Spirit Photography Pro

This Halloween, you or your kids will be attending parties or knocking on your neighbors’ doors, asking for some treats. You will also be bringing your camera so you can capture every moment. Aside from using the usual apps on your phone, why not use Insa Softtech’s GhostCam Spirit Photography Pro to scare your friends? This app will place ghostly figures in your pictures. You can also choose which ghost figure to apply or you can use the Automatic option to instantly create your ghostly images. But, don’t worry, these ghosts are not real. Download the GhostCam SpiritPhotography Pro app for about US$2.00 from the Google Play Store.

On the flipside, there will be kids knocking on your door too, asking for some Halloween treats. Would you simply hand over the candies or would you want to scare them with frightening sounds before giving their treats? With the latter, MobileFramework’s Halloween Sound Board can help. This app contains a selection of scary sounds. You can play the moaning sounds of ghost or you could play a vampire theme as kids approach your doorstep. To enhance the sound, just connect your Android device to an amplifier to increase the sound volume. You could also decorate your house and add some cool light effects to test which kids are the bravest to enter your haunted abode. Give a spook this halloween with the Halloween Sound Board app, available for free from the Google Play Store.

I love sitting by the fire and reading stories about fantasy and adventure. But, this Halloween, let’s scare ourselves or our friends by reading scary stories. The Creepy House – Horror Stories by Appotastic will let you read tons of scary stories. You can read famous urban legends or scary short stories. You can even read the scary personal experiences of contributors. Aside from reading scary stories, the app also has a Mirror menu that gives you a clue to the Safe Box’s passcode. Be sure to visit the Mirror from time to time to get a new clue. Once you get the passcode, enter it to open the Safe Box and get a scary surprise. Get the ads-supported Creepy House -Horror Stories app for free from the Google Play Store.

Though ghosts and monsters may not be real, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a little scare thrill. Download Scare Prank by Freedom Recycle to get a scream out of your friends. Disguised as a speed test, you can lull your friends into a false sense of security by letting them complete these harmless tests. Tap the HIT button when the two boats collide, for example, and watch as your friends jump when a scary image and a blood curdling scream dominate the screen. Just make sure that your friends don’t drop your phone. Don’t use this on your friends who have weak hearts. The app is ad-supported but ads only appear at the bottom part of the screen.

What’s Halloween without a little ghost hunting? Ghost Radar: CLASSIC, developed by Spud Pickles, will help you get in touch with the other side. The app has a ghost radar to scan your surroundings for ghosts and other supernatural creatures. Once you’ve made contact, use your phone to communicate with the spirits. The spirits will talk to you through your device with word fragments. It’s up to you to determine the meaning of the words. Ghost Detector is ad supported. You can purchase the ad-free version from within the app.

You can go with your scaring motives more subtly by switching your typical ringtone to a creepy one. Developed by Aura Ringtones, Scary Ringtones is packed with soundclips that’ll startle anyone in the room with you. You can choose from a variety of soundclips, some from famous movies such as Psycho, Batman: The Dark Knight, and Silent Hill, while others are pretty generic. Even if Halloween comes and goes, you’ll at least have a unique head-turning ringtone. To use a ringtone, you’ll need to hold down on your desired soundclip so you can set it as your default ringtone, assign it to a contact, set it as your default notification or set it as your default alarm.

Don’t go walking around the neighborhood on Halloween without Flashlight – MEGA Flashlight. Having ample lighting will keep you safe from no, not ghosts, but from blockades or obstacles that you might trip on while you put up Halloween decors outside your house. Developed by Ruddy Rooster, Flashlight – MEGA Flashlight features not only the ordinary flashlight but tons more, like Screen Light, Police Lights, and Strobe Lights. On top of all the goodies, you will be very pleased to know that Flashlight – MEGA Flashlight can be downloaded in exchange for not even a single penny. Although it is ad-supported, the ads are neatly tucked away at the bottom of the screen so they don’t really get in the way.

Halloween happens once a year and kids (and kids-at-heart) enjoy this occasion the most. If you, on the other hand, have a party to host and you’d want to ensure the safety of your tots, Life360 Family Locator by Life360 is the solution. You won’t need to worry as to where your kids are, as long as they have this app installed on their Android devices. Nearby police stations also appear on the map, together with your kids’ current location. This will surely keep you worry-free and, in turn, assure your kids’ safety while they enjoy the occasion. Download Life360 Family Locator for free from the Google Play Store today and keep your kids safe on Halloween.

Have a grand Halloween party in mind? If you are up for all the fun but not the tedious preparations, Halloween Party Planner by Thrive 365 Apps Ltd. can surely aid you. Halloween parties are not really intended to be very elaborate, but if you want your party to be something your guests will remember, preparing sumptuous dishes and awesome drinks will definitely do the trick. The app houses recipes for dishes and drinks you can serve in your party, and of course, Halloween costume ideas for both kids and adults. You won’t need to scramble from place to place just to get everything done; Halloween Party Planner is all you need. Install it on your Android device for free.

Boo! Have fun scaring the hell out of people this Halloween with these 9 spooktacular Android apps. What do you think of our Android apps for Halloween? What spooky and fun apps do you have on your Android for Halloween this year? Share the scare by voting in the poll and leaving your comments. Have a frightening Halloween!

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez and Dan Evans; banner image uses Shutterstock photo by nechyporenko)

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