10 Scary iPhone Apps for Halloween
The App Store is rife with Halloween-themed apps this year, and deciding which ones are worth your time can be tricky. We’ve loaded up a bunch of these little Halloween treats, and we run them down below. Why not try a few and scare up some fun on your iPhone this Halloween?
1. ZombieBooth 3D
Bottom Line: Best App To Zombify Yourself
Need an app to turn your friends or yourself into a zombie? Look no further. ZombieBooth 3D is probably the best app to turn your friends into a full fledged flesh eating undead. It is all very simple, just crop an image of a person’s face and tap the “choose” button. The image will automatically turn into a 3D interactive zombie in seconds. No need to manually position zombie facial characteristics like other less advanced zombie photo apps.
The zombie you create with ZombieBooth 3D app is interactive. The head will move as you touch the screen. Your zombie in the iPhone or iPod Touch will even bite you if your fingers stay on the screen for too long. You can also touch the “accessory” button to add head gears such as hats, pumpkins, and even mummy headbands. In addition, you can easily save your zombified photos or videos to facebook or twitter for everyone to enjoy!
I use my iPod as an alarm clock. So this week, I’ve decided to wake up to the sound of undead hunger with Zombie Clock. This app begins with a neat visual: the clock itself is sort of rising out of the black ground on a dark and stormy night. The alarm features a hungry undead rising from the grave to a shock of scary music and a chorus of hungry groans. There’s multiple zombies and multiple tones, played at random.
The only problem with this app is that it has no background ability. Unlike the standard iOS alarm, you need to keep this app open for the thing to work. Still, it’s a creepy little novelty app that will keep you in the Halloween mood all week.
3. Crazy Skeleton
Bottom Line: Silly Fun
This is one of those talking character entertainment apps. This time, it’s a goofy bag of bones with the voice of a court jester. When you shake your device, he rattles around and then does or says something funny, like “Ooh! I feel sick … I’d throw up, but I don’t have a stomach!” There’s more than a few of these (the developers say there are 18), each one short, non-offensive, and definitely more appealing to children than to adults. In fact, this app has become the favorite of my two kids in the last week or so. If you’ve got young ones who like to play with your iOS device (or who have their own), you might want to treat them to this app.
4. Fright Factory
Bottom Line: Fine sound board with a few minor extras
Fright Factory wants to be more than a sound board … but it’s not much more than a sound board. The sound board itself isn’t terrible; the number of sounds is limited, though, and they just repeat every couple seconds. Hooked up to proper speakers, it could certainly help you create some haunted ambiance.
As for the other stuff, there’s not much here. There’s a “strobe light” which is, you guessed it, the screen flickering from white to black; it’s not terribly useful, and it will drain your battery if you use it a lot. There’s also the “Illusion Scare,” a one-time gag that you can pull on friends but which you’ll then never use once you’ve gotten everyone with it once. All in all, Fright Factory is okay if you want a haunted sound board, but don’t expect much else from it.
5. I-Scare (Scare Your Friends!)
Bottom Line: Great Trick
I-scare is the app expression of the old Internet scarce joke. You know, the one where you tell a friend to look at a picture, only after a few seconds it screams at them? Yeah, that one. This one has the benefit of letting you use your own pictures, and to set the timing of the scare to, amongst other things, touch — so, for example, you can ask someone to look at pictures of your kids, and when they swipe to go to the next picture, the phone screams at them. [Just don't blame the devs when they drop your phone.] Like any app of this kind, its usability is limited; you’re going to use this once on every friend you have, and then they’re never going to fall for it again. But the level of customization makes this a worthwhile scare.
6. Halloween Wallpapers
Bottom line: Nifty wallpapers and ads aplenty.
This run-of-the-mill themed wallpaper app does deliver a decent collection of Halloween wallpapers with a variety of themes, many culled from royalty-free collections. It also comes loaded with ads — a popup ad when you open it, ads on screen at all times (right above where you tap to navigate, so that you’re likely — as I did — to accidentally click through them as you browse), and another popup ad every thirty seconds or so. If you want to snag some Halloween wallpapers, you might find value in this app; but once you’ve got your iOS device properly Halloween-themed, you’ll probably just delete this.
7. Ghost Radar
Bottom Line: Let’s Play Ghost Hunters!
This is a novelty app that turns out iOS device into a “ghost detector.” It mimics two ghost-hunting tools you see on shows like Ghost Hunters: there’s a ghost voice recorder, which supposedly picks up and records “ghost voices” saying random, single words; and there’s the ghost detector of the title, a radar that supposedly shows the location of invisible entities that tend to appear and disappear from the screen at random. It’s all novelty, of course, but it could be fun for kids playing pretend or if you’ve got a role as a guide in a haunted house attraction.
8. Dracula HD for iPhone
Bottom Line: Cliff’s Notes Classic
Been meaning to read Dracula, but don’t have the time to slog through the novel’s dense epistolary style? Inverted Pear has got you covered with this pint-sized, animated abridgment. The entire Stoker novel is condensed here into a 47 page synopsis, read aloud. Meanwhile, you can enjoy on-screen graphics and animations, most of which have some sort of touch interactivity. It’s all done in sufficiently cheesy spooky style that fits well enough with the narrative. So if you’ve got 30 minutes or so to spare, why not catch up on your reading?
9. Halloween Costume Generator
Bottom Line: Does What It Says
This surprisingly useful little app does exactly what it promises to in its title: it generates ideas for Halloween costumes. You can generate a completely random result, or you can filter by gender (make, female, or couples), occassion (barhopping, office party, etc.), and your mood (right up to “last minute!” when you need a costume ASAP). Then you shake your device and it delivers a suggestion. You can save the result, browse for Google images of the costume, or discard it and start again.
That’s about it for functionality, but then, that’s what the title promised. It’s got everything from complicated get-ups to the classic last-minute Quarter Pounder (get a hammer; get a quarter; carry them around — get it?). If you’re a costume-wearing type, this could be a useful addition to your planning process. However … please, devs, let us just browse costumes if we want to!
10. Ghost Capture
Bottom Line: Great Haunted Photo App with Lots of Ghosts
Need to create a spooky picture? Here’s Ghost Capture. Add Ghosts to your regular looking photos and make that innocent looking picture haunted! Yes, there is a ghost in your bedroom. Show them to your friends.
There are 40 ghosts to choose from and you can even make your own ghosts. After choosing a paranormal image, you can adjust the size, rotate, and make them more transparent to make your haunted photos even more convincing.