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Halloween fun for your Android

by Kristen Nicole

Halloween is one of the most thrilling holidays of the year — literally. For kids and adults alike, this holiday is more than an excuse to get all dressed up. Halloween is full of fun, fright and frivolity. Here are some Android apps to keep your Halloween spirit alive.


Creepy Tales is a collection of short stories, tales and urban legends — just the thing to get your Halloween party started. Free, this Android app has stories organized in categories for ghosts, mysteries, insanity and demons. Creepy Tales received an update just in time, adding 30 new stories to the collection.

Hauntcast Radio brings you feeds, updates and live streams from the popular podcast. The program covers haunt news, horror reviews, music and interviews galore. You'll also get useful info, like scare tactics and how-tos for your next Halloween event, as well as alerts for new podcasts. This Android app is free.

Spooky fun

Zombies Live is a great MMO, giving you a realistic game for battling the scariest of civilization's aftermath. In this free Android game, you start out as a lowly zombie, freshly undead. Fight your way to the top, in order to become the most powerful crypt lord, battling zombies and vampires.

Halloween Countdown by suomi35 is a cute way to track the passing days. It costs $1, but this Android app is more dynamic than many countdown widgets, offering a new icon each day. Shy ghosts, glowing pumpkins, black cats and flying witches are just some of the adorable widgets that will rotate on your home screen.

The Mask is an app that turns your phone into a fun facial effect. Get the free theme pack for Halloween for holiday-specific masks. Choose from a number of creepy cover-ups, like bloody vampire teeth, jagged jack-o-lanterns and chattering skull heads.

Skip the seedy mess this year, and carve a virtual pumpkin on your Android. With 12 base designs, Carve A Halloween Pumpkin lets you customize your gourd with a range of colors and shapes. Spook things up with themed backgrounds and images, then post your creation on Facebook. This Android app costs 99 cents.

For the kids

Let the little goblins in on the fun, with Kids Shape Puzzle Halloween. This 99-cent Android app is a collection of themed slider puzzles, each revealing a Halloween image. A recent update ensures the app is compatible with all Android devices, and the puzzles are cute enough to keep kids' interest.

The Halloween Memory Match is an all-out fright fest, with optional Halloween background music to go along with gameplay. Choose a skill level, and get to matching! Each card flip reveals a ghost, goblin, mummy, pumpkin and more. Free, this Android app will keep kids (or you) occupied for a while.