October 27, 2010, 12:58 PM — Halloween's coming. And just as you wouldn't leave the house without a costume, a sack for carrying candy, and a good flashlight to help you steer clear of danger, the iPhone is rapidly becoming a must-have item for the holiday. After all, developers have filled the App Store with a number of Halloween-themed offerings, all aimed at helping you trick and treat your way through October 31.
But which apps deserve a space on your iPhone for this All Hallowed's Eve? We've already told you about seven noteworthy costume, card, and carving apps. Now it's time to look at eight games and sound-effects apps that should make this a horrifyingly happy holiday for young and old alike.
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Treat Street: Elf Farm's Treat Street is a great, simple Halloween game for small children to play on the iPhone. At the start, players tap the head, torso, and feet of their trick-or-treater to change their costume. There's a good variety to choose from, and since the three body parts are decorated separately, there's room for creativity, as kids can choose to dress in any number of combinations. After the costuming is complete, the players begin wandering the neighborhood in search of candy. All actions are controlled by a single tap to the left or right, and then, upon locating a house that looks promising, players can ring the doorbell for a treat. While the majority of the game is limited to repeating these actions and switching up the costume when the mood strikes, players also have the option to tap their goody bag (located at the bottom right of the screen) to take stock of how much junk food they've acquired. Upon viewing the treats collected, players can rearrange the candy. The app is certainly simple, and while there aren't any challenges, puzzles, or incentives, Treat Street is still a nice Halloween app for children who want to take their trick-or-treating skills for a test drive before the spooky night rolls around.—Stephanie Kent