October 16, 2009, 5:03 PM — Perhaps one of the scarier things you can imagine as October 31 nears is an iPhone (or iPod touch) devoid of spooky, Halloween-themed apps. Fortunately, we've braved the fearsome corners of the App Store to identify which apps will help you celebrate All Hallow's Eve, and which are just scarily lame.
Halloween ~ Postage is the $1 baby brother of RogueSheep's Postage, which I still maintain is a truly perfect app. The Halloween edition includes eight delightfully spine-chilling themes that you can make into custom postcards with just a few taps.
It's fun and easy to place your photos into the different layouts; I appreciated that the Frankenstein-esque template tinted by 10-month-old's face green by default. Once your boo-tiful creation looks ready to go, you can e-mail it, save it to your iPhone's photo library, or post it to Facebook.
Frankly, if you can find four more bucks to spend, you should just go for the original Postage, which includes the Halloween templates plus about 60 others, and is a (trick or) treat to use. But even this slimmed-down Halloween version from RogueSheep works wonderfully.
Less remarkable--though certainly loaded with kitschy fun--is the creatively-named app Halloween. It's a $1 soundboard from Smudge Apps that functions a lot like one of the App Store's numerous fart apps, only featuring sounds of terror and ghostly mayhem instead of flatulence.
In addition to nine push-button sound effects (screams, bats, a witches cackle), Halloween comes with other looping sounds, too: An original scary music soundtrack, ominously blowing wind, and thunderclaps (complete with lightning flashes on your screen).
My favorite feature, however, is the "bone-chilling hidden secrets" mentioned in the App Store description. Let a friend play with the app for a moment, and before too long they'll be startled by an on-screen surprise. All in all, this a cute but forgettable app.
Halloween Experience, another $1 app, also falls into that "cute but forgettable" category. The app encompasses several Halloween-themed activities: You can customize a Jack-o'-Lantern by dragging various elements onto a pumpkin, rotating and resizing them to your liking. (There's no way to share your virtual carvings, though, unless you take a screenshot.) Halloween Experience also includes a countdown to the 31st, a macabre game of hangman (with a particularly gruesome skeleton as the one getting hanged), and an oddly out-of-place puzzle game. All these activities are played against an appropriately chilling soundtrack. "