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Get in the Halloween Spirit with Festive Apps

For those of you still struggling to think of a sexy costume to wear Friday night or wondering how to throw a ghoulish Halloween party, there’s an app for that.


Photo courtesy of Hanna Horwarth / Flickr

Photo courtesy of Hanna Horwarth / Flickr

It isn’t Halloween without the perfect Halloween costume. The stress of coming up with that original costume idea, whether it be for going solo, with your significant other, or with a group, is always intense.  In college, Halloween is a full-weekend event which requires thinking of not just one, but two or three costumes. Luckily, there are dozens of free apps with hundreds of ideas to inspire your Halloween costume.

100+ Halloween Costumes is a free app that comes with simple instructions: “Shake for another awesome costume.” With each shake of your phone, a new costume idea appears. Examples include an Oktoberfest beer wench, the Seven Deadly Sins, Medusa and Hugh Hefner, and you have the license to make it your own. There's bound to be something that sparks your creativity.

Costume Ideas tells you exactly how to put together a trendy costume. The "Hot" category boasts several costumes inspired by current social fads, guaranteeing that your costume will be relevant, if not the most original. One example is “Sharknado: wear a ripped tee and some gauze, include a blow-up shark and use Velcro to attach it to your shirt, then add some fake blood.” If you're willing to spend money, you can access the "DIY," "Quick" and "Group" sections for $0.99 each.


Photo courtesy of Chris Jara / Flickr

Photo courtesy of Chris Jara / Flickr

Putting out a bowl of fun size candy bars is a safe choice for pleasing trick-or-treaters, but why not impress your guests with Halloween-themed food and drinks?

The 100+ Holiday Recipes Free HD! app has a Halloween section with over a dozen recipes inspired by the holiday, including Jack-O-Lantern Burgers, Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes and S’mores Apples. As an added bonus, after Halloween is over you can check out the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah recipes.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner offers thousands of recipes and a five-star rating. The homepage of the app shows Recipes of the Day, with several Halloween treats like Monster Munch Halloween Popcorn Mix and Fall Apple Pumpkin Shandy. Search for “Halloween” for hundreds of seasonal recipes like Classic Caramel Apples and OREO Spider Web Cookie Pizza.

The Halloween Cocktails app costs $1.99, but its spooky collection of cocktails is perfect for a party that prefers treats of the alcoholic variety. Some of the creepy drinks include Slimey Dew, White Ghost and Bloody Brain. However, the app also includes recipes for over 500 other popular cocktails from the Pocket Cocktails drink collection, extending the usefulness of the app beyond Halloweekend.

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Photo courtesy of tawest64 / Flickr


After coming up with the perfect costume and menu, you can get into the spirit of Halloween even further with the help of decorating and sound effects apps.

Free Halloween Sounds Pro offers a wide range of eerie sound effects. Scare your friends with a well-timed werewolf howl or witch’s cackle in your dark room, or play the “Spooky Soundtrack” on a set of speakers to provide your party with a chilling ambiance.

Lining the steps of your Mod with jack-o-lanterns is the perfect, simplistic and time-honored Halloween decoration. The apps Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Pumpkin Carving Ideas can provide you with carving inspiration. If you’re tired of your go-to pumpkin face with its missing teeth and triangle eyes, you can try to recreate one of these masterpieces. Instructions on how to imitate the carvings are not included, but you can take a stab at it.

With these apps, hopefully you’re feeling inspired to try something new this Halloween. However you celebrate the holiday--by wearing an app-inspired costume, binging on candy or watching a scary movie with your friends--have a safe and happy Halloween!

Hi I'm Allie! I'm a Senior English major and a History minor here at BC. My passions and interests include traveling, reading classic literature, eating chocolate and playing with my dogs.