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The best scary games and apps for Halloween 2019

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Halloween party? Check. Costume? Purchased back in August and is pure fire. Collection of scary games and creepy mobile apps to get you in the mood… non-existent?? Well, that’s not going to work. 

Sure, binging every movie in the Scream franchise is both a great way to get hyped for Halloween and totally reasonable use of one’s time, Dad. These days, though, tracking down the hottest Halloween-themed games and apps might just be the best way to get yourself in the mood for the big night. We’ve done the legwork, and have put together a list of the spookiest, and in some cases kookiest, horror games and scary apps in 2019.

Scary Halloween mobile games

Five Nights at Freddy’s

This wildly popular series of Halloween mobile games for iPhone and Android has seen the release of eight sequels following the original and it shows no signs of slowing down. The basic concept of these scary games places you as a hapless individual who must be on the lookout for nightmarish, homicidal animatronic characters bent on your untimely demise. The game resorts to the often looked down upon jumpscare (sudden appearances and loud noises) to freak you out, but it’s done so well, it’s a ton of fun. Keep an eye out for an upcoming augmented reality installation of the franchise as well. If you have a phobia of teddy bears coming to life and trying to end yours, you might want to stay away from this one. 

Android | iPhone

Into The Dead 1 and 2

A cursory search for ‘zombie games’ will present a list where it’s hard to find a single one that isn’t a Walking Dead variant or rip-off. One that emerged as not just an excellent player but also an original take on the style was Into The Dead. Sure, you’re trying to survive a world overrun with zombies, but these games are what are known as ‘infinite runners’. No searching through barns or hiding on roofs – there’s no choice but to move forward incessantly and be quick with your gun, crossbow, chainsaw or other weaponry. You can even sic a furry friend on those bothersome living dead. The original is sure to become a classic, but check out Into the Dead 2 on Android or iPhone for greatly improved graphics and gameplay. 

Android | iPhone

The School: White Day

There’s just something about Asian horror games and movies that we can’t seem to recreate in the west. That’s likely why The School: White Day has proven to be such a popular Halloween mobile game for Android and iPhone. A remake of a 2001 South Korean PC game, you play as a student locked overnight in a school full of malevolent characters both living and dead. The twist is you won’t be fighting them at all. Instead, you’re running and hiding in a bid to stay alive. You’ll want to have your puzzle-solving hat on and pay attention to every detail, as one item collected hours earlier could be the difference between survival and death. The non-linear gameplay offers eight different endings, so you’ll be able to enjoy White Day for some time. 

Android | iPhone

Oxenfree

Part of the reason Oxenfree stands out is the care that went into crafting the storyline and relationships between the characters. As teenaged girl Alex, you and your friends find yourselves on an island where radio waves cause supernatural events. Seeing what happens between the characters is as engaging as the process of figuring out the mystery. Its makers have openly admitted to being influenced by coming-of-age tales like Stand By Me and teen favorites like Freaks and Geeks, so your kids (or you) will likely be playing this Halloween game long after Halloween is over.

Android | iPhone

Scary Halloween mobile apps

Slasher

If you’re a true fan of horror in all its forms, Slasher could well become your new favorite Halloween app. Created independently by horror fanatic Damon Della Greca with input from the community he counts himself a part of, Slasher is actually more of a social network. There are expected features like live chat and messaging to discuss all things macabre, but Slasher also incorporates an events calendar, dating, news, podcasts, fan art and even classifieds for movie and tv professionals. If you’re serious about your scares, check out Slasher. Parents, be aware that Slasher is completely uncensored.

Android | iPhone

The Walking Dead Dead Yourself

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After 11 seasons, aren’t you guys tired of The Walking Dead yet? Yeah – us either. That’s why this official app from AMC is the cat’s pajamas. Import a photo of yourself and within seconds you’ll have a perfectly zombified picture of yourself, complete with props. 

Android | iPhone

Ghost Observer

We’re not saying this app actually detects ghosts, and we’re not saying that it doesn’t. What we are saying is if you want to scare the crap out of yourself with an app that shows dead folk walking around your own room saying things like “I found you, now come with me,” this augmented reality app is just the ticket. 

Android | iPhone

iPoe Vol. 1 – Edgar Allan Poe

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For the literary types amongst us sniffing derisively at our ghost and zombie apps while drinking Earl Grey with their pinkie in the air, here’s a Halloween mobile app for your collective fancy pants. This app combines the classic works of Edgar Allan Poe with chilling music, outstanding outwork and entertaining animations to create an entirely new experience. It’s interactive too, allowing you to uncover hidden bits through certain motions. When you’re done with the four classics included here, Volumes 2 and 3 are available as well.

Android | iPhone

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Edgar Allan Poe may be the master of horror, but when it comes to stone-cold Halloween classics, this Peanuts classic gets the gold medal from us every time. The 1966 animated film is still a must-watch come October 31, but now the kids can get more involved thanks to this animated Halloween app. They’ll be able to create their own Peanuts characters and costumes, play a variety of mini-games and even improve their reading and musical skills in the process. We say ‘they’ because of course you’re not going to sneak in some Great Pumpkin time when nobody’s looking, right? Uh-huh. 

Android | iPhone