Best Halloween Apps for Kids [Updated for 2020]

Tis the season for scary things

We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Halloween Apps for Kids So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Grab your mobile device this Halloween season, because app developers have been busily coming up with ways to help you celebrate. From the creepy and spooky to the silly and fun, they’ve managed to capture many of the things that make this holiday great.

Check out our reviewed and recommended selection of Halloween apps for kids. You’ll find a collection of fun, educational apps for babies through to teens – and everything in between!

Here are just a few of the interesting options.

Halloween Games

Limbo

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

A 2D platformer, the player (you) controls a boy as he wanders through an ominous and creepy world. Limbo’s unique artstyle sets it apart from other types of games typically found on iOS. Fans of gaming may remember Limbo from its PC and console cousins, and while this version is very much “more of the same”, for those that have never played it, Limbo on iOS or Android will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Controls are easy thanks to its native touch functionality. Tap, touch, and swipe to control your character as you run and jump, exploring the world around you. The app is $3.99. It’s not scary, but it can be. This app is recommended for teens.

Pumpkin Pal

iOS App Store

Everyone loves jack ‘o lanterns, but such is not always the case when it comes to the mess. This iPad game lets you carve your pumpkin in any way you want- with no mess! Choose from 4 different pumpkins and 18 premade design stencils to get your carve on with ease.

This family-friendly game brings out the best of Halloween without being too scary or spooky- making it ideal for families with young kids. Share your pumpkins with your friends and family and get them involved in the fun. For $2, this game is a perfect little time waster. The app costs $1.99.

Halloween City

Google Play Store

In this simulation game, players can decorate and explore an entire city devoted to Halloween. There are hundreds of characters to play with, as well as haunted buildings to explore. You can even “cross-breed” characters to create new monsters!

The free app includes a tutorial to get you started, and allows you to move up through levels. Parents should be aware, however, that the app does include outside advertisements and in-app purchases (some quite expensive). The app is rated as acceptable to everyone with mild fantasy violence, but you may wish to preview it for younger players.

Since it’s a simulation game, players can immerse themselves in Halloween fun. It makes a nice addition to any Halloween collection of apps.

Labo Halloween Car (4+)

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Preschoolers and young children will love creating an endless array of Halloween cars this holiday. Use colors, special tires, stickers, and more to make unique vehicles, then save it to the gallery to share and enjoy. The app also includes 21 roads to get the young drivers moving. Each road has a different set of spooky obstacles to overcome. You can also help your child share the cars if you wish.

If your child is in love with cars and the endless variety of vehicles in the real world, he or she will be in heaven with this free app. There are literally thousands of possible combinations and each car will be more spooktacular than the last.

 

Halloween Education

Make A Zombie

 

Make a Zombie

iOS App Store

Want to sneak a little learning into your children’s Halloween? Try this app! Kids will be delighted with making their very own zombie from the parts provided, which include mouths, eyes, arms, legs, and more. It truly is a “do-it-yourself” scare!

Once the zombie is created, save it to your camera roll. The app includes tools for sharing on various social media platforms, so it’s possible to “let your zombie” loose for your friends to enjoy. The app is rated 12+ due to infrequent themes that some parents might find objectionable, such as mild fantasy violence and occasional drug/alcohol references. There are also in-app purchases available and connections to social media.

How can you squeeze educational value out of this fun app? Developers suggest that players find a partner, each make a zombie in secret, and then describe their zombie to their partner. The player that duplicates the unseen but described monster with the most accuracy is the winner. Have fun!

Math vs. Zombies 2

iOS App Store

Here’s a perfect way to inject some learning into Halloween fun! Elementary-aged kids can solve math problems that let them rescue zombified children and restore their humanity. No worries-this zombie game is about as non-scary as they come: the zombies are after sweets, not brains!

Parents and teachers will love the fact that this app is correlated to Common Core Math Standards for kindergarten through grade 4 and includes a “report card” that allows adults to see the kids’ progress on the skills. Skills addressed include a hefty dose of basic operations practice (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) as well as number order, magnitude, and more. With over 84 levels, the app will meet nearly any student’s needs.

Math vs. Zombies 2 is a great way to engage learners this fall and get everyone to practice critical math skills. After all, there’s a world to be saved! And it’s only $4.99 (with some in-app purchase options).

Halloween WordSearch

iOS App Store

Build spelling and vocabulary skills while you celebrate with this selection of Halloween-themed word search puzzles. The app features holiday word lists, scary backgrounds, and spooky sound effects to dress up a traditional and fun activity.

The app has puzzles that are middle-of-the-road for elementary aged players, with words like “haunted” and “slash.” The rating is 9+ due to some fantasy violence and infrequent fear themes, but most kids will relish rising through the spooky levels as they earn points in the game.

The app features “gorgeous backdrops” and touch-and-trace interface, making it easy to enjoy holiday fun. Give it a try!

eBooks

StoryToys Haunted House

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Candy is not the only thing that will hold your preschooler’s interest during this sugary holiday season. The Haunted House 3D PopUp Activity Book combines the engaging nature of an ebook with the excitement of Halloween games.

The monsters in this not-so-scary haunted house just want to play. Choose from 8 spooky games that build skills in sneaky ways, earn badges and points for progress, and more. Games are fun and educational for young revelers, engaging memory, coordination, attention, observation, and more. The app keeps players engaged with awards, badges, and other earned items. The app costs $1.99.

Landon’s Pumpkins – LAZ Reader [Level P-second grade]

iOS App Store

Children who can read second to third grade text will enjoy this story about a young boy who remembers a Halloween disaster when he carved his pumpkin last year. He and his father plan to raise, harvest, and do a better Jack-O’Lantern this year and learn some important lessons along the way.

This digital graded reader is just one example of the materials available from A to Z, a publisher dedicated to providing quality reading materials for elementary students around the country. This book includes a glossary and other tools to encourage students to learn new words and develop reading comprehension skills. Add a little holiday spice to reading practice with this free seasonal story that kids will love.

Photo Booth & Editing Apps

ZombieBooth: 3D Zombifier

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Of course you’ve always wanted to know how you’d look as a zombie, right? Now you can find out (without becoming undead)! Turn your 2D pictures into 3D animated masterpieces you can share with your friends. Your zombies will come alive with the built-in animations: they will breathe, growl, and even try to munch on your finger if you get it too close! Ooooo shiver!!! Share your zombies on various social media platforms and save them to your device’s camera roll.

This app is rated 12+ for mature and sometimes scary themes. It also includes outside advertising and in-app purchases. Seems like a small price to pay for the ability to actually turn your friends into zombies with you, though. Ready to take over the world and start the Zombie Apocalypse?

Halloween Photo Editor Scary 2020

Google Play Store

This free app offers an amazing collection of frames, stickers, masks and other props that will turn your pics into the scariest ones around. There are some great ideas here for face paint, make-up and pumpkin carving, too.

The app has thousands of downloads, and has been newly updated for 2020. It’s your source for the latest and greatest Halloween trends.

Backgrounds, Wallpapers, & Ringtones

Halloween Backgrounds & Halloween Wallpapers HD

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Here’s an outstanding collection of holiday wallpapers for your lock and home screens. This app features easy navigation, an awesome slideshow of options, and the capability to download your choices to your camera roll to use them when you wish. Content is updated regularly to keep things fresh and new for you.

The free app provides social sharing tools for all the major platforms, so you and your friends can keep up with each other. You can also create your own categories to organize your favorites right within the app. All in all, this is a great way to give your phone, tablet, or other mobile device a festive appeal!

Halloween Spooky Sound Box Free

iOS App Store

What’s a haunted house, party, or other event without some great bone-chilling sounds? This app’s got you covered. Choose from 50 spine-tingling sounds, spooky music clips, and more. It’s the perfect way to keep Halloween fun right in your pocket.

The app is rated at 12+ due to some infrequent mature themes and some crude humor, but it sure is fun! Also, there are some in-app purchases available, so be sure young users understand the household rules on such matters.

One big plus is that no internet connection is required. This means that the sounds play instantly when you want them, with no lag or download time that spoils your timing. It’s a must-have if you are planning a party or doing a haunted house.

Halloween Live Wallpaper

Google Play Store

Dress up your phone for Halloween this year! Now you can put the scary right into the palm of your hand. This wallpaper for your Android device is free to download and features flying bats and a witch.

The app is free to download. There are several other design options, all with the live feature that shows movement, available as in-app purchases. They cost $2.99 each.