{infatuation friday} Halloween 2012


  1. Franken-weenie(Movie) I kind of really want to see this movie. I really liked the original, and I love the twisted child-like feel of the newer version (sort of like Coraline–though that movie actually freaked me out a little). I’ll wait until it finally makes its way to Netflix before I watch it though. (Watch the trailer here.)
  2. The Mirror. ($0.99) This app seems interesting enough, but I doubt I’d actually pay for it. You use your forward-facing camera to look in the mirror, which transforms your face into something scary/creepy. The app description says this about sharing the app with friends: “Make sure you volume is turned up and watch THEM scream!” So I guess there are spooky sounds to accompany the distorted reflections. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  3. Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween(Book) I like history. Like, a lot. So I might have squealed a little when I found this book on Goodreads. It looks at the history of Halloween (which is super-fascinating to me anyway) and mixes it with personal anecdotes as well as a social analysis. I’d love to have the chance to read it.
  4. Pumpkin Masters Official Carving App(Free) This adorable app can be fun for both kids and adults. You choose your pumpkin from seven shapes and pick a carving pattern. After watching a few-second-long cartoon clip of a the pumpkin’s lid being cut and its filling removed, you get to “carve” the pumpkin by swiping your finger over the design. Once the design is complete, you choose from four types of lighting. When you’re finished you have the option to save, start over or share the app on Facebook. I must say, this is a pretty spectacular (spooktacular?) free app. Available only for the iPad.
  5. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror. ($9.99 per collection) This was the Starbucks Pick of the Week last week, so I downloaded it for free. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’m pretty excited. Now, the free app was only the first episode (which I still like). You can purchase individual episodes in iTunes for $1.99 each (linked above).
  6. Halloween Sounds Pro. (Free) For a free app, it’s not too bad, though I’m not a huge fan. I think, if used very creatively, it could be good for a Halloween party or a haunted house. Or kids might enjoy the spooky sounds (and aggravating their parents). Beyond that, I don’t see much use for it. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  7. Disney Scary Storybook Collection(Book) I found this in Target last night and thumbed through it for a few minutes. It’s super cute. It seems to be the original Disney stories recreated for Halloween. There are 15 tales in this hardcover book. Target’s in-store price was $15.99 (though the online price appears to be $2 cheaper). Of course, it’s available online and in stores elsewhere as well.
  8. Costume-Decider(Free) This app allows you to spin two wheels to decide what costume to wear. The costumes are often goofy selections such as “disco devil” or “werewolf nurse.” There are also sound clips to match each costume idea. Honestly, this might help me overcome my annual horrible costume curse. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (linked above).
  9. Paranorman(Movie) This movie looks absolutely, adorably creepy. The main character is a kid who can talk to ghosts. I don’t know much else, but I’m okay with that. I still want to see it. (Watch the trailer here.)
  10. 200+ Scary Stories, Sounds, and Pranks($0.99) I haven’t downloaded this, but it looks like it’s worth the money. This app feature more than 200 horror and ghost stories in an in-app e-book format, more than 40 haunting sounds and several pranks and games. The app gives you the option to set haunting sounds to play at random moments, which the app’s description says will “give your friends a good scare” and is “perfect for scaring yourself while you read.” Available for iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad version–100 Horror Stories, Sounds, and Scares for iPad–also available in the iTunes store.

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