If you're looking for some high-tech Halloween help, look no further than your smartphone or tablet. That's right: from storybooks to games to safety tools, these apps provide all the tools you need to ensure the kids have a safe and fun Halloween night.
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
If you're a fan of this classic Charlie Brown Halloween tale, you may want to pick up this interactive storybook (rated for ages 4+) for the kids. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown features narration from Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, as well as tons of Halloween games from pumpkin carving to virtual trick-or-treating.
Haunted House 3D Pop-Up Activity Book
If Charlie Brown isn't a hit in your family, this interactive activity book (rated for ages 4+) offers more general Halloween fare.
In Haunted House 3D Pop-Up Activity Book, meet the monsters inhabiting this haunted house, help decorate for Halloween and play interactive games with sound and narration.
If you — or your kids — like to star in their own videos, then you'll want to look up (rated for ages 4+). The app lets your child play casting agent to create a Halloween-themed video starring their family and friends.
Add family photos and watch as the family gets to play the roles of vampire, ghost, werewolf, mummy and Frankenstein's monster while dancing with the StoryBots characters!
Halloween Soundlab / Halloween Party Soundboard
Whether you use an iPhone or Android phone, one of these apps has you covered for spooky sounds for your own personal Halloween haunted house.
Halloween Soundlab lets you loop and combine different creepy sound effects, while Halloween Party Soundboard lets you play different effects on a delay to spook your friends. Halloween Soundlab is a bit scarier (rated for ages 12+), and Halloween Party Soundboard is a bit more fun (rated for everyone).
For vampiric fun, you can't do better than the charming Le Vamp (rated for ages 9+). In this game, you'll help adorable French vampire Le Vamp navigate through the forest, dodging sunlight, garlic and other vampire-unfriendly perils to make his way back home to his crypt.
Plants vs. Zombies 2
'Tis the season ... for zombies! In this sequel (rated for ages 9+), you'll travel through time to meet — and defeat — zombies in ancient Egypt, the Wild West and on the high seas. As usual, you'll be fighting off the undead with your own army of plants — hey, they're more powerful than you think.
This virtual guardian lets you keep tabs on tweens or teens who are out with friends on Halloween.
Just install MamaBear on your child's iPhone or Android phone — and yours — and you'll be able to easily see where they are and who they're with. You can even get alerts on your phone when they arrive or leave specified locations.
Hopefully one of these spooky — or not so spooky — apps helps make your Halloween even more fun!