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.


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?


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 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


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.

Imail’s new postcard app: Desktop to doorstep’ in a few simple steps!

Long gone are the days of spending precious time on your holiday finding somewhere that sells postcards followed by the even harder task of then finding somewhere to post them, with 9 times out of ten being that you arrive home well in advance of your postcards reaching their destinations. Postcards can now be directly sent from iPhones leaving holidaymakers with more time to enjoy what they have come on holiday for – relaxing, thanks to Imail, self-marketed as being the ‘UK Mail’s ground-breaking desktop to doormat delivery solution’.


Imail’s brand new postcard iphone app enables users to digitally capture classic moments of their holiday and send them to friends and family in traditional postcard form. In integrating iPhone’s innovative camera software, personalised images are then sent in A5 glossy postcard format direct from an iPhone for physical delivery.

Imail ensure us that its new app boasts a simple-to-use interface, although how difficult could writing a postcard be? The simple-to-use interface comes complete with space to write a message on the reverse of the postcard. Not only will friends and relatives back home be able to be reminded of what a fantastic time their loved ones are having by receiving a personalised picture and message, but thanks to a functional U.V coater, all postcards created by the imail app will have a high gloss, polished finish and feel, really sticking the knife in to how ‘glossy’ and ‘glamorous’ the lives of their ‘techno know how’ buddies have become!

Unlike the shoddy and unreliable postal services of many a country, including, may we add, British Royal Mail, imail guarantee that all UK-bound postcards are delivered in two days later, with international postcards taking four to six days depending on the destination country.

So how much will a fast, functional and fashionable ‘Wish you were here!” memento set travellers back? Not much at all actually, just 98p for all UK-destined postcards and £1.48 for all internationally-bound cards regardless of how far afield their destination – That’s got to be a cheaper alternative to being robbed by a local tobacconist, blatantly stinging tourists when they ask for a book of stamps!

Available on the app store

TWIG: Twitter towel, Boiling Frog survivalist apps, One For All PS3 remote

The Week in Gadgets

Looking for an ethical gift for your hip social media loving friends? The people behind History Pin and I am NOT a Plastic Bag have brought out a Twitter towel – so you can send a Tweet to a loved one (or anyone really) for £10, even if they are off line. We Are What We Do – an organisation that aims to get people doing small things that lead to big changes – channels all money raised into it’s charitable activities. Of course, it helps if you have some memorable Tweets.
Like this.


Travelling yet lacking essential survivalist skills? This is not probably high on your agenda if you taking a day trip to Bournemouth, but if you are bound for the woods, or to exotic locales further abroad then you might need to know what to do when you are bitten by poisonous centipedes or how to start a fire with leaves. We can’t all be McGuyver but due to the world we now live in, there is of course “an app for that.” Boiling Frog, is a new travel app with health, travel and safety advice, created by a leading GP, an ex Royal Marine, an ex Special Forces officer and a specialist on first aid, health and medical training. It’s like having a round the clock team of Andy McNabs in your pocket, for just £3.99 on a range of smartphones.


One For All have carried on with their bid to create One Remote Control To Rule Them All, and are launching a PS3 bluetooth adaptor to bring the PS3 under the umbrella of things controlled by the SmartControl universal remote. Pairing is a simple affair via a key and gives you access to control of your games console. And with 3D Blu-ray support now baked into the PS3 via a recent firmware update, it’s become more useful than ever. The SmartControl remote together with the wireless PS3 adaptor are being specially bundled in time for Christmas priced £49.99 (RRP).