It’s true that Halloween this year looks a bit different for many of us — depending on where you live, trick or treating or Halloween parties might be out for 2020 — but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate the house, stock up on candy, and get into the spirit of things with a spine-tingling costume. We’re here to help you get ready for the most terrifying Halloween ever with our pick of the best spooky apps, ghoulish games, and petrifying podcasts around.
Best Halloween games
Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery
If you’ve already played the original mobile port of the hit game Five Nights at Freddy’s, then check out this new version that takes the terror one step further (or too far, depending on your bravery) — with an augmented reality (AR) component. Unlike the original game, where you’re watching the security cameras for evil animatronics at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, this new installment brings the animatronics into your home. In the game, you subscribe to the “Fazbear Funtime Service,” which delivers your favorite animatronics on-demand to your home. However, the visiting animatronics malfunction, and suddenly they’re out for blood rather than here to entertain. Let us tell you this: There’s nothing more terrifying than an evil animatronic bunny lunging out from behind your bed. Nothing… This definitely isn’t a game we recommend you play while home alone this Halloween.
Dead Trigger 2
It wouldn’t be Halloween without zombies, and if you’re looking for one of the best zombie shooters around, you have to give Dead Trigger 2 (and its predecessor, Dead Trigger) a go. This isn’t a serious zombie game by any means, and it’s more reminiscent of fun console titles like Dead Rising, where you unlock and collect a variety of weapons — including some ridiculous ones like lethal chickens — to take down the undead, build your own hideout, and explore 10 regions with 33 different battlefields. You can play with touch control or the virtual joystick — just don’t let the zombies get you.
This game lets you create and manage your own Halloween City. You can decorate the city with lots of witches, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and, of course, zombies. You can also crossbreed to get new monsters and try them in the game. Collect coins to unlock more items and take pictures of the city you have created to share them with your friends. Collect monsters and defeat your enemies in this fun game that’s also a great way to entertain the kids this Halloween.
Eyes: The Horror Game
This survival horror game sees you exploring various abandoned buildings alone in the dark — but are you really alone? A terrifying monster appears, and the chase is on as you unlock haunting levels, including a derelict hospital and an abandoned school. This game has plenty of jump scares that ensure it’s definitely not one to play alone after dark — unless you’re feeling brave — but it’s eerily beautiful, too, with its decaying buildings and hand-drawn maps.
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle
Play as horror legend Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th movies in this fun little puzzler, which sees you terrorizing and slaying those around you, from the shores of Crystal Lake to Downtown Manhattan. There are eight episodes with 100 levels each, and along the way, you’ll unlock some pretty epic weapons. You can choose “PG” for (almost) family-friendly fun or “R” mode for the most gruesome kill scenes ever.
Our final pick of games to scare you to death this Halloween — and we may have saved the best for last — is Granny, an escape game with one goal: Make it out of Granny’s house alive. You have five days to get out, but Granny is always listening. She hears everything, so you’ll need to be cautious and quiet. You can hide under beds and in closets, using your environment to your advantage. Look out for secret passageways that could prove key to your escape. It’s pretty scary, and you’ll find yourself holding your breath at times as you hide while Granny looks for you.
Best Halloween apps
Ghost Detector Radar Camera
Is your house haunted? Time to find out with one of the most popular ghost hunting apps around. Ghost Detector Radar Camera is the perfect app for scaring your friends with spooky entities. Just open the app, then walk around your house, work, or wherever you happen to be until it finds a ghost. Then, you can select a question and have a conversation with the undead! There are some pretty amusing reviews of this app, with people claiming to have contacted real, evil spirits in their home and others claiming it’s all fake. Is it a hoax? The only way to know is to download it yourself.
Fans of The Walking Dead will love this app, which turns your perfect selfie into a zombified nightmare. Snap a selfie or import one from your camera roll, and then edit it, adding zombie eyes, mouths, and props from the show. When you’re done turning into a zombie, you can share your gruesome face on Facebook, Twitter, and the Walker photo gallery. You can even vote for your favorite zombie faces as you scan through the Walker gallery.
If you’re looking for some spooky stories to read alone or with friends this Halloween, Creepypasta is the app you need. This iOS-only app is free to download, and there are over 14,500 stories here, including tales about popular characters like Slenderman. Turn on dark mode, cozy up under the covers, and prepare to be scared.
Toca Boo ($4)
Toca Boo is one of the cutest apps we’ve come across — and definitely one for the kids (or big kids) this Halloween. You play as Bonnie, a little girl dressed as a ghost, as she roams her house, trying to frighten her family members. Hide behind curtains or under tables, and stay out of the light, or you’ll be seen. With six different family members to scare and a huge house spread over two floors to explore, the game features beautiful, original artwork, and plenty of hidden surprises to keep you entertained.
If you want to create a ghostly effect by merging two similar photos of yourself together, you can do it with Ghost Lens AR for iOS. You can make it look like your spirit has left your body, create spooky AR video effects, or add terrifying ghost GIFs to your own images. Your photos will turn suddenly into evidence of paranormal activity, so you can scare the living daylights out of yourself and everyone you choose to share the ghostly pics with. As they say, if you’ve got it, haunt it.
Best Halloween podcasts
Snap Judgement Presents: Spooked
This weekly podcast features tales of the supernatural told firsthand by those who experienced them, and they’re not for the faint of heart. Episodes include ghosts, ghouls, a medieval prison, and an imaginary friend who perhaps wasn’t so imaginary after all. Just remember, whatever you do, never, ever turn out the light.
You might not be able to sit around a campfire and tell ghost stories with all your friends this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same experience at home. Camp Monsters is one of our favorite weekly podcasts, telling haunting and often terrifying encounters with impossible creatures in the wildest corners of the country. Come closer to the fire and hear the next tale.
We’ve loved Lore since it began in 2015 when we were lured in by host Aaron Mahnke’s dulcet tones. This bi-weekly podcast is the perfect listen this Halloween if you want strange, mysterious, and often frightening historical tales — and there are over 150 episodes to keep you entertained.
The NoSleep Podcast is an anthology of original short horror fiction designed to be listened to alone, in the dark — or switch the light on (we won’t judge). It’s definitely not one for the kids, as each tale is as frightening as it is disturbing, read by a talented voice actor with atmospheric music and sound effects. If you love reading horror fiction and ghost stories, this will be your new favorite podcast.
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