Halloween apps don’t have to be all blood and guts. They can be educational, cute, creative—and yes—even lead you to crafty non-digital fun, too. Here are our picks for the year’s best Halloweeny, pre-trick-or-treating fun. We’ve got playful, non-frightening apps for babies and toddlers, puzzle apps for preschoolers, totally silly monster apps the whole family can play, and the digital age’s take on an all-time Halloween classic. Download and have fun!
Like Pinterest but only the yummy craft projects.
iPhone | Age: Parents | Price: Free
Feast your eyes on endless DIY crafts. Sorted by latest entries, most popular in the last week, month or of all time. Register and login for free to make a list of your own faves.
If you search “Halloween” you’ll find endless pages of crafts for kids of all ages like fuzzy monster bracelets, friendly jar lanterns for decorating your sidewalk and porch, costumes and Halloween face paints, plus dozens of crafts kids can do themselves. Don’t wait until Halloween, get started on the fun today.
Touch the moving doors to find out which Halloween themed animal or character is inside. A word pops up to correspond with the image and a friendly child’s voice speaks the word aloud.
Small children can do word association with fun Halloween themes as they open the door to various characters including a friendly ghost, pirate, robot, gorilla, pirate, Frankenstein monster (not scary), witch and more. When you get to the end all the characters turn up and dance around. If your child already enjoys Peekaboo Barn, they’ll like this app too.
KIDS SHAPE PUZZLE HALLOWEEN
A Halloween-themed puzzle app for fun that’s good for you.
Android | Age: 1-5 | Price: $1.99
A Halloween app that also helps children build their cognitive and fine motor skills. Kids drag multicolored shapes to the pattern board. Once all the shapes are completed, a Halloween-themed image appears. There are more than 30 friendly images including pumpkins, ghosts, witches and more.
Take new photos with your device’s camera or select photos from your camera roll and watch as the Halloween story book unfolds with your kids as the main characters in the story.
A female voice reads the story of costumed kiddos trick or treating in different Halloween costumes from puppies and pudgy pumpkins to mice and scarecrows. Note: Some preschoolers might have fun taking or loading the pics themselves but m0st of the costumes that the faces fill are baby or toddler sized outfits.
IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN
The timeless Halloween classic makes it to the digital screen.
Moms and Dads grew up watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” on TV, and now they can keep the story as a family tradition via their iPad. The app reads like a book or can be read to you narrated by the original voice of Charlie Brown.
The app is filled with interactions both within the story, as well as added activities (hence the hefty sticker price). Kids can create their own Peanuts-themed avatars, carve a pumpkin, learn to play the piano with Schroeder and more. There are also activities peppered throughout the story and when they are completed your child has a chance to win a prize…
And you thought your kids had outgrown annoying sound machine games. Nope. This Halloween house is filled with a noisy Witch, Frankenstein, Dracula and Werewolf.
They will sing a pattern of ghoulish laughs and howls – it’s your job to repeat the sound patten. Fun for the whole family to play together or if your lone child gets addicted you might want to send them to a remote part of the house to play. Or get ear plugs.
iPad, iPhone | Age: 5-8 | Price: FREE
Lego lovers unite! This fun and addictiveLego game is hard to put down. The clock is ticking as a Halloween-themed Lego creature , costumes, place or thing is built quickly before your very eyes.
The sooner you can guess what it is – the more points you score. Roll the dice after each play to see which category you’ll get next. We just wish there was a two, three or four player setting. If it’s there, I couldn’t find it.
iPad | Age: 6+ | Price: $2.99
Quick! You’ve got less than 20 seconds to place 10 falling body parts to the skeleton. There are five different games. You’ll be shocked at how your kids can put together a brain, the digestive system, and more. Go on, help Dr. Frankenstein create the perfect monster.
Note: All of the apps above were either released in 2012, or in cases where they were launched in 2011, have been recently updated in 2012. If you’d like more great Halloween apps, don’t miss our list from last year, Best Halloween IPad Apps of 2011.