Best spooky and scary smartphone apps for Halloween 2023

Best spooky and scary smartphone apps for Halloween 2023

Give yourself a ghoulish makeover and install a scary soundboard this Halloween season.

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With Halloween 2023 just over two weeks away, it's time to load up your smartphone with the best apps to snap some spooky selfies, pick a scary new wallpaper, and cue up a soundboard full of devilish delights to play when trick-or-treaters come knocking.

Scary Halloween Launcher Theme - Android - Free

a screenshot of Scary Halloween Launcher Theme app in the Google Play StoreScary Halloween Launcher Theme app for Android devicesGoogle Play

The Scary Halloween Launcher theme app is the perfect spooky Halloween app to add to your smartphone. To get this app, you must install the CMM Launcher 2018 first. Then, you can apply the Scary Halloween Theme Launcher to make your phone stylish & green, natural, orderly, and cool. The original app icons, clock, and weather theme of your phone will be replaced by the Scary Halloween Launcher Theme. Users can also get other Halloween (Cool Black, Skull) themes via Google Play.

2023 Halloween Countdown - Android - Free

photo of the 2023 Halloween Countdown logo2023 Halloween Countdown appGoogle Play

How about an app that counts down the days until Halloween? We have one for you to download. It's the 2023 Halloween Countdown by RachApps. The 2023 Halloween Countdown is a simple and spooky application that shows you how much time you have until the next Halloween in Days, Hours, Minutes, and Seconds! It will help you find the perfect costume on time. And celebrate the day by carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, attending Halloween costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films.

SoM2: Witches and Wizards - iOS and Android - Free

Secrets of Magic 2: Witches and WizardsDive into an exciting adventure by matching your way through a magical and dangerous land. Grab your wand and prepare for ...

The Secrets of Magic 2 (SoM2) will help you dive into the exciting adventure of Victoria traveling through a magical and dangerous land to defeat the evil Agnes. This app features 4 gameplay modes: challenge, relaxed, expert, and casual. It has exciting match-3 gameplay and tons of unique and challenging levels in which you can collect coins to boost your power-ups. Users can also grab their wand and prepare for battle. You can even activate the most powerful amulet to break an evil spell if you are good enough. This app is available on the App Store and Google Play for free.

Zombie Face - iOS and Android - Free, plus in-app purchases. (Not available in the US or Canada)

a screenshot of Zombie face appZombie Face appAnett Meszaros

The premise here is simple but well-executed. Snap a selfie — or pick a photo from your image library — then apply one of this app's spooky Halloween faces to your own.

You can adjust the position, size, orientation, and opacity of each face to make it look as realistic as possible — and we found they can look pretty great after just a couple of minutes of work. There are 35 faces to pick from, plus another 50 to unlock through an in-app purchase.

Images can be shared from within the app, or you can take a screenshot, crop the image, and then send it to your friends. Or maybe update your LinkedIn profile; we won't judge you.

Halloween Wallpapers & Backgrounds HD - iOS - Free

a screenshot of Halloween Wallpapers and background appsHalloween Wallpapers & Background HD appXinmin Wang

This app has a great range of high-definition Halloween wallpapers, screensavers, and backgrounds for your smartphone. The collection is easy to navigate, and the occasional pop-up advert is simple to dismiss. Images can be screen-grabbed or saved to your camera roll.

Although this app is iOS-only, an Android app called Halloween Wallpaper by Pinza offers a similarly high-quality collection of images to pick from.

Spooky Box - iOS and Android - Free (Not available in the US or Canada)

a screenshot of Spooky box appSpooky Box appCookie Balloon

And finally, because Halloween wouldn't be complete without the sounds of screams, chainsaws, clowns laughing, organs playing, and clocks chiming, we have a soundboard app.

Called Spooky Box, the app contains 96 different sounds to play with a tap, with all bases pretty much covered. There's even a rendition of The Addams Family theme tune; what more could you want?

Advertisements are kept neatly out of the way and are far less intrusive than on some other apps like this, leaving you to get on with playing your favorite spooky sounds to scare off those trick-or-treaters. Hook up your phone to a Bluetooth speaker by the front door for maximum effect.

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