Our favorite Halloween apps and games

The best holiday of the year is just around the corner. If you haven’t already, it’s time to take the skeletons out of the closet and get those pumpkins gutted because Halloween waits for no man.

If you are still looking for costume ideas, or you just love things that are spooky, creepy, and downright deadly, we have a list of our favorite Halloween related apps to make you scream…

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Great PumpkinI know what you’re thinking, “A kid’s book? Phff.” But if you have any nostalgia at all for the 1966 Peanuts adventure, then you will enjoy this fully interactive storybook. You don’t need to be a kid to appreciate the story. The pages are full of original music scores, animated illustrations, and more. The book is narrated by the original voice of Charlie Brown, Peter Robbins. This app is available for $5.99.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

SimpsonsThis SIMS style neighborhood management game puts you right onto the streets of Springfield where you will be building iconic houses, storefronts, and businesses from the popular animated television series. Every Halloween, the townsfolk are plagued with ghosts, zombies, and even snakes. There are even a few limited-time Halloween-themed quests. This game is available for free.

The 7th Guest

The 7th GuestThis 20-year-old cinematic puzzle game has made its way into the App Store and is scaring the pants off of iOS gamers just as much as the original did in 1993. As the ethereal “Ego,” you find yourself at a dinner party, trying to trigger your memory. You’ll be faced with 19 challenging puzzles as you weave your way through the deadly mansion. This game is available for $4.99.

Plague Inc.

Plague IncThis pandemic disease-spreading game puts you in the role of the killer virus. Spread your deadly infection across the entire world before someone discovers how to stop it. It only takes a single bite to turn millions of happy humans into ravenous murderers. Based heavily on strategy and tactical planning, you’ve only got one chance to destroy all of humanity before it destroys you. This game is available for $0.99.


InstructablesThis fun user-uploaded do-it-yourself website has all kinds of great projects for crafting, building, and creating things in your own backyard. For the past few weeks, the team that curates front-page projects has been hard at work tracking down clever Halloween costume ideas, decorations, and putrid projects to help you make October the spookiest month of the year. This app is available for free.


GhostbustersNothing works up my appetite for candy corn and caramel apples like busting some ghosts. This cartoony adventure has you controlling a ragtag group of Ghostbusters as they battle their way through the slimy streets of New York. Build your team from the ground up, including forming a franchise in a local firehouse, taking ghost-busting calls, and apprehending annoying apparitions. This game is available for free.

Mikey Shorts Halloween

Mikey Shorts HalloweenThe popular pixelated platformer has his own Halloween-themed game that has gone free for the month of October. Help Mikey rescue friendly spirits in two spooktacular environments. Run, jump, and slide through four eerie levels as you try to find the Golden Shorts. Try out 90 different costumes and race against ghosts to prove your skills. This game is available for free.

The Walking Dead: The Game

The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead has become one of the most popular zombie stories of recent history, close behind George Romero’s series of undead movies. This unique adventure game is as frightening as horror games get. Players are faced with multi-step puzzles, moral dilemmas, and fast-paced action. Will you save the boy or his mother from the zombie attack? Your choice will have consequences throughout the story. This game is available for free.

Indigo Lake

Indigo LakeThis psychological horror game will have you on the edge of your seat as you hit the road on a mind-bending journey through an ethereal world of sadness and fear. Explore the environment, looking for clues to finding out why so many visitors to Indigo Lake are dying. Drive from one end of town to the other, wearing special glasses that help you find important objects. Scare away apparitions with your tracer pistol. This game is available for $1.99.

Ghost Effect

Ghost EffectsIf you’d like a little more scares in your everyday life, why not put a ghost on it. Take photos of your friends, family, and pets and toss a creepy character in the background to turn a happy snapshot into a frightening photo. The eraser mode lets you remove sections of the effect so that it looks like the ghost is peaking out from behind you. You can also add your own ghost effects from your photo library for an unlimited number of scares. This app is available for free.

What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year?