Best Halloween Apps & Gadgets

It’s handy that someone invented Hallowe’en to fill that awkward gap between the end of the school holidays and Christmas – and if you want to get a few chills and thrills before the festive season here’s a few ideas for you.

For grown-ups
If you want to be able to find your iPhone 4S in the dark, then pick up one of these glow-in-the-dark cases from iLuv. Black and yellow would be my colour of choice for the spooky holiday, but you can also choose white and yellow or pink and blue. Made from silicone, they cost £19.99 from iluv.co.uk. They are currently on sale with 75% off so they can be picked up for just £5 for a limited time only!

While you’re at it, upgrade your boring old white earphones with a range of gothic-inspired earphones from Quarkie. Choose from rusty bolts, glittery blue cat eyes and vibrant yellow snake heads – more interesting than a witch’s hat or vampire teeth!
There are seven designs in all, and Quarkie has promised that it has paid as much attention to ensuring the sound is high quality as it has to making the designs as unusual as possible.

Quarkie’s Audio Art range cost £69 each from quarkie.com

Or make your own spooky thriller movie trailer featuring your Facebook friends at http://www.biotechthriller.com/

For kids

If you’re taking the kids to see the film ParaNorman over half term, they might be interested in the new games Spil Games has produced in conjunction with the film at paranorman.girlsgogames.co.uk/

The web app, which can be accessed via iPad and iTouch as well as other mobiles, features a number of Halloween-themed games – the top-rated of them is ‘Devilish Dress Up’, which lets players experiment with different Halloween costumes (Search ‘Devilish Dress Up’ on www.girlsgogames.co.uk).

Online, from the ParaNorman collection, ‘Mix a Monster’ is particularly good fun – players combine ingredients in the magic cauldron to create terrifying monsters:

Young children will enjoy searching for Nicky the friendly ghost using a ghost-shaped UV torch in the cute book Ghost Hunter. Nicky is hiding in 11 exciting scenes – and the torch reveals him and the other invisible ghouls lurking on each page.

It’s a cute book, with a nice story with a moral ending, and the added attraction is that UBV torch, which may attract children who are not so keen on books. It certainly worked on the six-year-old reluctant reader in our house. Available from Top Hat Publishing and it costs just £7.19.

Halloween-Countdown

..and for big kids!

Halloween – 12 Tricks or Treats lets Android and iOS users celebrate the haunted holiday early by recommending the best and most chilling paid for Halloween-themed games – for free.

Launching on October 19, a new free game will be delivered through the app every day until Halloween. The app is the brainchild of MagicSolver, and the company tells us it has assembled an expert editorial team to search the app stores to find the best and most chilling games available, so Android and iOS fans don’t have to. Expect spine-chilling animations, hair-raising graphics and creepy sound effects

Halloween – 12 Tricks or Treats is free to download from Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play.

If you like your Halloween monsters a bit cuddly, take a look at these Annoying Monsters. Scare and annoy colleagues and friends with these monsters and their loud screams! Choose from Pestering Percy who makes everyone jump out of their seats, Aggravating Alfred who loves to scream – and loves to be poked in the eye – try it, he’ll give you the shock of your life.

Finally there’s Infuriating Egor, If you leave him too long he’ll start to snore. Press his hand to record a spooky message and he’ll repeat it in a squeaky Each large monster costs £15 – see www.annoyingmonsters.com for more.

Make Halloween even more fun with great spooky-wooky gadgets

Yes another Halloween has almost arrived and alongside the terrifying costumes, tins of Celebrations for trick n treaters and candle-lit pumpkins to show that we’re getting in the Halloween spirit, there is a growing emphasis on blood-curdling gadgets circulating each October. Check out some of the best Halloween gadgets for 2011.

Halloween-Apps-One

123 Glow HD Colouring Book, Halloween Edition for iPad and iPhone

With a patent-technology that makes drawing over lines impossible, kids will adore this fun Halloween colouring book.  The 123 Glow HD Colouring Book is educational as well as entertaining, as on top of being creative with Halloween shapes, drawing, stickers and pictures, kids will be able to learn letters, number and colours in four different languages – English, German, Spanish and French.

Although the 123 Glow HD Colouring Book is not just about drawing, arithmetic, reading and writing, as kids can also watch Halloween cartoons and sing along to spooky, Halloween-related songs.

Carve it! Pumpkin Carving app

This Halloween app is suitable for children aged 3+. Kids will have hours of creative fun, carving pumpkins with their fingers and then lighting them up with a candle inside. Their ingenious pumpkin creations can be shared with friends and family via email.

The Carve It! Pumpkin Carving app is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and costs $0.99 to download.

Ghost-detecting cell phone strap

For those convinced their house is being haunted by poltergeist, the ghost-detecting cell phone strap should satisfy their ghostly paranoia this Halloween. The mobile phone strap turns red when it detects a spirit – guaranteed to permeate terror and bedlam on Halloween night.

But that’s not all; this wacky gadget includes a ‘Kotodama’ tuner, which allegedly uses ‘algorithms’ to transform the spiritual energy around us into human language, enabling those of the psychic tendency to communicate with the ‘Great Beyond’.

Who needs a Ouija board when you can pick up a ghost-detecting cell phone strap for $23.20?

Scarecam

Feeling more passive? The Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest Halloween event near Crawley in Sussex has installed an infrared webcam in one of its haunted house attractions over Halloween. The ‘Scarecam’ is a streaming webcam which is live from 7pm to 11pm each night until 31 October showing a string of victims/customers fumbling their way along the dark passageway before being frightened out of their skins. The webcam includes sound too so you can also hear the nervous chatter followed by the screams coming from the terrified customers.

Logo on to www.ScareCam.co.uk to watch the Scarecam

Death Booth Halloween

Want to pretend you went out for Halloween, when really you stayed in and watched Ingmar Bergman movies? Try Death Booth Halloween, a new app from AppSolution, that does a pretty good job of making you look awful.

Out on iTunes

Halloween-Apps-Two

Freak Show cases

And finally what’s the point in dressing up your kids in a scary costume when their iPod Touch hasn’t made the effort? Griffin have launched a limited edition line-up of spooky cases for iPod touch – the Freak Show series.Freak Show cases surround the iPod touch in a thick jacket of silicone molded into monsters and mythical creatures. The silicone case stretches to fit the iPod touch 4th generation, with cutouts providing easy access to controls, connectors and the camera lens.

Griffin’s Freak Show cases are available for £16 ($24.99) from Thursday 27th October for a limited time only from here.