Kids just love Halloween, celebrate with a new app or two! Throughout history, many agrarian cultures have celebrated end-of-harvest festivals. The ancient Celts celebrated Samhain on the evening of October 31. It featured the wearing of masks and ceremonies to ward off the spirits of those who had died during the preceding year, which were believed to revisit the earth on that one night. Traditional activities for Halloween today include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Check out the beginning of another tradition – apps for Halloween!
The Little Witch at School by SlimCricket
The Little Witch at School is an artful blend of stories, games and cartoons. In this story, which is the prequel to “The Witch with No Name”, you’ll see the dear witch when she was just a schoolgirl and find out how she lost her name. This year, the pupils of Chickenwich Elementary School will be taking their first witchery and wizardry examination. They’ve become older and it’s time for them to separate from their cuddly toys, which are going to become the souls of their books of magic and start a new life. The Little Witch at School is geared toward kids aged from 4 to 10 years old, and allows you to set the difficulty level depending on your child’s age. You can discover the novel camera and gyroscope effects in this e-book, so share a magic moment with your child, on a tablet or smartphone, and be prepared for a major surprise at the end of this delightful book.
Room on the Broom Games by Magic Light Pictures
Room on the Broom Games is a wonderful story of a kindhearted witch and her dear cat who collect their friends onto their magical broom – first Dog, then Bird and Frog. It’s pretty crowded, but Witch doesn’t mind. When she needs help, the friends repay her generosity and save her from the fire breathing Dragon whose favorite food is witch and fries! As a special reward she creates a ‘magnificent broom’ with seats for them all. Aside from the beautiful graphics, the app flawlessly integrates 8 games, including a few seek-and-find games to find the witch’s hat and wand that accidentally fall to the ground. There’s even one game where you can sit on the broom and fly through the air from the witch’s perspective! Play, explore and fly through the sky with Witch, Cat and friends! A Halloween classic to be enjoyed throughout the year, 8 magical, fun-filled games, which are perfect for ages 3 to 7 year olds.
Halloween Pumpkin Creator by A3MG
Need some inspiration for carving a pumpkin? Don’t want to use sharp tools around your children? Or are you just ready for it to be Halloween already?! This is a fun app to test out your carving skills before you even make the first cut. The app lets you select between a variety of pumpkins, backgrounds, and faces. Just make a simple swipe to the left to switch between eyes, noses, and mouths, and touch the cards at the top to test out everything else. You can even add a candle to the inside of yours to make it glow, and you can add in some lightning to the background! How creative can you be?
Halloween Kids Puzzles: Pirate, Vampire and Mummy Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls by Scott Adelman
Your kids can go trick-or-treating with a friendly Count Dracula, Frankenstein and his girlfriend, a Fairy Princess, a pirate and a werewolf! Spot carved pumpkins, black cats on fences and witches flying by the moon. All the animals get in on the costume fun- cats dress like dogs, dogs dress like cats, there’s even a Unicorn Bat! You can go to a Halloween dance party- get down with the Mummy and do the Robot with a Robot. Just don’t linger too near the haunted house… there might be ghosts!
Go Away, Big Green Monster! for iPad by Night & Day Studios
Ed Emberley’s beloved and best-selling book comes to mobile! Cleverly diecut with bold colors and overlapping pages, Go Away, Big Green Monster! is an entertaining book that turns scary into silly, and empowers kids to take control of their fears. This interactive app builds upon the book experience by progressively revealing (and then removing) each piece of the Big Green Monster– putting all the power in the child’s hands. Add the Monster’s eyes, hair, ears, nose; poke him to see what he does and watch him as he comes to life… but don’t get scared! Read Along with a Friend: be guided through the app by a funny 4 year old narrator, or Read Along with Ed: Ed Emberley himself narrates the experience! Sing Along Mode: watch as the app turns into a musical, animated experience, with music composed and performed by Ed’s granddaughter Adrian Carney.
Draw a Stickman: EPIC HD Free by Hitcents
For the older kids, dive into the adventure of Draw a Stickman: EPIC! Draw your way around the endless obstacles the evil Zarp throws at you! Draw a flame to light the fuse, then run away before it goes BOOM! Bees blocking your way? Use the cloud pencil to grow a pollinated distraction! Ward off dragons, cover trolls in spiders, and supercharge a toaster with the lightning cloud! There is plenty to do in the world of EPIC!
Don’t forget to explore the brand new level exclusive to version 1.4! Can you master every secret, collect every puzzle piece, and unlock the hidden bonus level? Only in Draw a Stickman: EPIC can your creativity come alive!