Halloween’s coming up, so prepare a list of SpOoOoOky movies, carve up some pumpkins, and set a tripwire across your front gate to protect yourself from trick-or-treaters. It’s also a good time of year to play tricks on people (like April Fool’s, but scarier), and there are some great apps designed just for that purpose. So get your spook on with our list of scary and creepy apps to try out on yourself and your friends this Hallow’s Eve.
1. Ghost Lens AR Fun Movie Maker
Apps that superimpose ghosts onto existing photos vary a lot in quality, but this one is a little more novel. It lets you clone yourself within a single image, creating all kinds of cool visual tricks like your spirit leaving your body, superimposing a twisted version of your face over your own face, or creating multiple spectral versions of yourself within the image.
It’s a little more subtle than some of the in-your-face stuff that we have in this list, but it’s definitely a nice way to unsettle your friends with some eery imagery.
2. Slasher – The Horror Network
This one’s a little different from the rest of the scary apps on this list, which are more prank-themed. Slasher is a social network dedicated to fans of horror and the macabre. Make new friends, discuss creepy things with horror communities, and maybe even make plans to tour graveyards or abandoned spooky houses on Halloween.
It’s like Facebook specifically for fans of horror, and there’s even a dating feature so you can potentially find romance with someone just as ghoulish as yourself.
3. Ghost Hunting Tools
The way this app presents itself, with all its talk of EMF meters and EVP detection, you’d think that you’re buying a fully-functioning Ghostbusters-style ghost detector. With a vast dictionary that apparently translates electromagnetic signals in the air into human words, this app works well enough that it’s convinced its users that they’re actually communicating with paranormal entities.
Another way of looking at it – depending on how skeptical you are – is that it’s a fun thing to do with your pals. Turn the lights out, go wandering around the house, and see what creepy sounds you can discover.
4. The Walking Dead by Telltale Games
Telltale’s narrative adventure games are a great group activity, even though they’re played using only one controller. They’re all about making big decisions, engaging stories, and deciding who lives or dies rather than running around shooting things. The Walking Dead was their breakout game, and it’s a great story, following a group of people trying to survive post-zombified America (separate characters from the TV series). The first episode is free, too, so it’s a tense, scary and surprisingly poignant way to spend a few hours on Halloween night. (Think of it as a movie replacement.)
5. Scary Pranks
Relying on the oldest trick in the jump-scare book, this app lulls users into a false sense of security by making them focus on an image or puzzle, then abruptly switches to a scary image of your choice accompanied by a bloodcurdling scream (of your choice). You can also set it up to make a fake phone call to a friend followed by a scream, and best of all, it uses the front-facing camera to capture the reactions of the shell-shocked victim. Thrills don’t get cheaper than this.
Which scary apps will you choose? Prank phone calls, spooky snapshots, or immersive stories set in the zombie apocalypse? If you want to watch scary movies with your friend online, then check out our list of ways to watch videos online with friends in real-time.