With the start of October brings the promise of a month filled with spooky themed festivities. While this former teacher is child-free, I did peruse the Halloween app selection with some of my former students in mind to try and find fun picks for a variety of ages to celebrate the holiday...
1. Halloween Sound Shelf (iPad), Free: Why this app? Because startling your sibling with a ghoulish howl is always a blast.
2. Little Dead Riding Hood (iPad), $2.99: Why this app? Because the illustrations are gorgeous and grandma looks amazing! Probably not ideal for the youngest of children, but the characters evoke a little of what made The Nightmare Before Christmas so popular.
3. Zombies Everywhere! (iOS), $.99: Why this app? Because what's a better use for augmented reality than superimposing zombies that you have to battle anywhere you can point your tablet camera at? Note: this game isn't appropriate for smaller children.
4. Pumpkins Revenge (iOS), Free: Why this app? Because the idea of pumpkins taking revenge after realizing they're tired of being carved every year is kind of hilarious.
5. Haunted Halloween Escape (iOS), Free: Why this app? Because escape puzzles with a creepy halloween themed twist can provide a frightfully good test of wits during a break.
6. Pumpkin Samurai (Android), $.99: Why this app? Because it's kind of like a Halloween themed Fruit Ninja...but with pumpkins.
7. Ghostbusters (iOS), Free: Why this app? Because it's fun to show "you ain't afraid of no ghosts", and what's more silly spooky than classic Ghostbusters fun?
8. Kid Face: face paint booth (iOS), Free: Why this app? Because it can be an easy way to test potential costume ideas without breaking out the face paint, or for the silly amusement of creating makeup jobs just for the fun of it, all with high resolution Retina display compatibility.
9. Pumpkin Jumpin (Windows 8, Android, & iOS), Free & $1.99: Why this app? Because as shown in the video above, pumpkins are kind of the best part of Halloween and the silly gameplay of bouncing and teleporting happy gourds makes this title a safe "keep the kids preoccupied" gaming title.
10. Go Away, Big Green Monster! (Android & iPad), $1.99 & $2.99: Why this app? Because sometimes Halloween can get a little too scary for the wee ones and it's nice to have a good book to help make it all a bit less creepy.
(Images: all image credit as linked above)