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Get your phone into the holiday spirit with these great Halloween apps

Unleash your inner ghoul with these fun and creepy apps from the Netherworld. (Or, the Google Play store.)

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Credit: Derek Walter
It's time to deck out your phone for Halloween

Whether you want to blast the undead or practice pumpkin carving with your little goblins, there’s plenty of ways to ramp up your Halloween spirit with Android apps.

We’ve dug up both spooky and cute games, wallpapers, and apps that should put you in the Halloween spirit. Most are either free or just a couple of bucks, well worth the cost for some spooktacular delight.

Have a favorite we didn’t mention? Let us know about it in the comments!

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Shoot the Zombirds

Get ready for some highlly-addicting action as you take out zombified fowl with a bow and arrow. 

You have to rescue pint-sized pumpkin children from the feathered birds of doom, who want to steal them away for nefarious purposes. If you fail and lose all the “pumpkids” the game is over. 

Some of the birds drop coins when you shoot them, which can be used for upgrading your arsenal, starting with more pumpkids, and other enhancements. 

There’s the usual in-app upgrade options, though this game will hook you in and is worth paying for to keep playing ad-free.

Shoot the Zombirds (Free)

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Halloween Live Wallpaper world

Turn your wallpaper and lock screen into a cartoonish Halloween world. This clever animated home screen includes hanging jack-o-lanters, witches, and of course plenty of bats.

You can tweak how quickly or slowly the screens scroll so you don’t get sick while looking at your phone. There’s an arachnophobia option if spiders creep you out—even if they’re not real.

Halloween Live Wallpaper world ($1)

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Pumpkin Carver Pro HD

Pumpkin carving is messy. It won’t be if you download this app, which lets you create an unlimited number of digital pumpkin carvings. 

Use it as a way to practice before doing the real thing or occupy the minds of your little goblins. There’s a free version if you want to try it out, but it’s strangely addictive and is worth the $2 to nix the ads.

Pumpkin Carver Pro HD ($2)

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Plants vs. Zombies 2

Rarely does a sequel impress, but it does here with Plants vs. Zombies. This game of battling the undead with flora is just as addicting, with multiple strategy options and tons of levels to keep you occupied. 

There’s no shortage of zombie games in the Play Store, but at least this one will excercise your mind.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Free)

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The Room

The Room is a dark and atsmopheric puzzle game that pushes your mind through three-dimensional challenges. They’re wrapped inside a larger mystery that you must unravel by pushing your way through the game.

It’s a mashup of hidden objects and puzzle-solving, as to unlock safes, cabinets, and other items you must solve riddles or track down hidden buttons. 

There’s also an excellent sequel, but start here so you can follow the storyline in order.

The Room ($1)

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Hidden Objects - Happy Haunts

Hidden object games are all the rage, so you might as well try one out with a Halloween theme if you’re new to the genre or a long-time fan.

You’ll need to pinch and zoom your way through various creepy scenes to find jack-o-lanterns, skulls, and other symbols of All Hallow’s Eve.

If finding pictures is too easy and you want to ramp up the difficulty and instead look for hidden words or silhouettes.

Hidden Objects - Happy Haunts (Free)

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Into the Dead

This is a clever take on the zombie genre, as you must race through an open field and juke left and right to avoid the undead in a mad rush for freedom. 

At first you must do this unarmed. But in short measure you can earn weapons, a zombie-attacking down and other enhancements to extend your life.

There are several different control options, such as tilting your device to manuever through the zombie fields or virtual, on-screen controls. Into the Dead works with the Moga controller if you want to play with some real buttons.

Into the Dead (Free)

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Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

It’s not really Halloween until you’ve watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” again.

This interactive storybook is a clever app for introducing children to the classic story or enjoying it over and again.

It also comes with games and other activites, such as a costume contest and trick-or-treating adventure with Charlie and his gang.

The story is narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown. The story also includes the original script, making it a pretty cool memento.

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ($0.99)

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Ghost Communicator 13 Detector

Maybe those really is more to that sound you heard last night while trying to sleep. Now you can find out for sure (or not) if ghosts live in your house. 

The Ghost Communicator 13 Director says it uses “complex algorithms” to analyze electrical field to find out if someone, or something, is trying to communicate from the other side.

It may work for a cool party trick or a way to flip out your overly gullable cousin into believing their house is haunted.

Ghost Communicator 13 Detector  (Free)

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Halloween Ringtones

Don’t just give your phone a ghoulish makeover - make it sound like Halloween too. 

With the Halloween ringtones app you can assign sounds to contacts for calls, texts, or for other system actions like the alarm. 

It has a large collection of sounds, so it’s fun to just browse through it and listen to all the Halloween creepiness. If there’s a sound you really love you can put it on the home screen as a widget.

Halloween Ringtones (Free)

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Sherlock: The Network

Nothing says “Halloween” like a good mystery. Join the BBC’s reboot of the world’s greatest detective in taking on a series of cases with characters straight from the hit show.

You’ll have to solve puzzles, find hidden clues, and interact with the characters to prove your worth to Sherlock as a member of his Homeless Network of assistants. There’s scenes with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and other main characters filmed specifically for the game, so it’s highly recommended if you’re a fan or just want a solid game.

Sherlock: the Network (Free)

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Batman Arkham Origins

Celebrate the dark holiday with the Dark Knight. This addicting brawler pits you as Batman against hordes of his most infamous enemies.

Not only is it a sick fighting game, but you also get to expand on Batman’s wardrobe, with tons of custom armor and suits to be earned. 

It does have a ton of the obligatory in-app upgrades, but you may not mind if you have enough fun taking out all of Gotham’s enemies.

Batman Arkham Origins (Free)