10 Things You Need To Do This Halloween (With Your Phone)


Photo: Courtesy Snapchat.

You’ve been catching up on your not-so-horrible horror flicks and planning this year’s epic (or last-minute) Halloween get-up, but you’re still looking for something more to get into the Halloween spirit. This year, there’s a ton you can do to start making things spooky, even if you’re just sitting at your office desk.

Turns out, a number of your favorite apps and websites are offering features you can’t miss if you want to make the most out of All Hallows Eve. For example, you can share customized, Halloween-inspired GIFs with friends and family. (The perfect thing to liven up a mostly dead texting thread.) Or, you can check out first-person views of haunted spots around the globe. You can also figure out what drink pairs best with that box of Milk Duds that somehow ended up at your desk instead of in the candy bowl (we’re not judging). And don’t forget to ask Siri what you should be for Halloween — she’s got some things to say about it.

Read on to find out the seven things you need to check out for a spooktacular Halloween — from your phone. Warning: We are not responsible for any frightening feelings or sugar-induced comas that come of this.

This article originally published October 30, 2015.


Kimoji Halloween Update

Have you updated your Kimoji app lately? If not, you could be missing out on some of the app’s amazing Kim-flavored Halloween emoji, which includes skeletons, pumpkins, and of course, Kim herself donning a variety of Halloween costume looks. The app on its own is $1.99, and you can grab the Halloween update for $0.99 (yeah, no free updates here, unfortunately).

Photo: Courtesy IMVU.


WithMoji’s Customizable GIFs

After customizing your personal avatar in the WithMoji app, you can use this third-party Messages app to give every message the perfect GIF or emoji. The app recently updated with a bunch of new Halloween-themed options. And the coolest part: Many of the graphics and GIFs incorporate your avatar, so the images you share are 100% unique to you.

Photo: Courtesy IMVU.


Snapchat’s Halloween Bitmoji

Snapchat is also getting in the spirit. Similar to WithMoji, if you don’t already have the Bitmoji app(free on iOS and Android) downloaded, you can give it a download to customize a personal, cartoon-style avatar. Then, you can hop back into the Snapchat app, link your accounts in-app, and use your Bitmoji avatar in Snapchat chats with friends.

And if you’re having a party, you can also create a custom geofilter that attendees can use in their snaps.

Photo: Snap, Inc.


Glamsquad’s Halloween Looks

If your costume this year requires makeup that is tremendously detailed, and your skills are more novice, you can book a Glamsquad session to get the look done. Glamsquad has a handful of pre-designed Halloween looks you can purchase for $125, or you can get a custom makeup look for $200.

Photo: Glamsquad.


Refinery29’s Halloween Facebook Messenger Bot

Still haven’t decided what to be for Halloween this year? Hop onto Facebook and start chatting with out Messenger bot for some inspiration. It will shoot you photos, ideas, and more so you can figure out exactly what to dress up as this weekend.

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.


Halloween AltMoji

If your messages still don’t feel seasonal enough, Refinery29’s AltMoji has been updated with a variety of Halloween-inspired designs. This includes candy and candied apples, colorful pumpkins, and even a very witchy peace sign.

Photo: Refinery29.


Vivino Candy & Wine Pairing

This is the adult way to eat candy. The experts at wine app Vivino have created a very handy guide as to what wine pairs best with which candy. If you’re a zin fan, you’ll want to eat a Snickers or a Reese’s, while fruity Skittles and Starburst go best with sweet white wines like a moscato or riesling. But what goes best with Warheads?

Photo: Courtesy Vivino.


Spooky Street View Sites

Google Street View is great for scoping out a location before you travel there or getting a first-person view of distant spot you may never get to see in person. Such is the case with its latest additions, some of the most haunted places on earth. There’s Bran Castle (“Dracula’s Castle”) in Romania; Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”) in Japan, which is an abandoned coal mining town; and even the 13th Gate Haunted House in Baton Rouge, LA. Haunted fun, from the convenience of your couch or desk.

Photo: Courtesy Google.


Nextdoor’s Trick-Or-Treat Map

Nextdoor, the social network for neighbors, may be criticized for enabling racial profiling in some communities, but it also does some good. For instance, if you’re looking to maximize your (or your child or nephew’s) candy-gathering this Halloween, you can use Nextdoor’s Treat Map to find houses that are planning to give out candy. You can also add your place to the list if you want to ensure that you don’t sit there all night forlornly munching on M&M’s as trick or treaters mistakenly don’t ring your doorbell. It even works for apartment complexes and multi-tenant buildings.

Photo: Courtesy Nextdoor.


Monitor Your Home

Halloween is a time for tricks, treats, and, unfortunately, vandalism. If you don’t have time (or money) for a fancy home monitoring system, you can just use Presence. The app turns your old smartphone or tablet into a home motion detector and webcam, so you can keep an eye on things even if you’re not around.

Photo: Courtesy Presence.


Snapchat’s Zombie Lens

And then we can’t forget last year’s creme de la creme. Last September, Snapchat added a handful of animated filters, including this mildly terrifying flesh-eating zombie lens.

To gain access to the lens, switch to the front-facing selfie camera in the app and then tap and hold the onscreen image. This will pull up the different lens options. From there, just follow the on-screen prompts to make it come to life, hit the capture button, and send it to your friends.

Photo: Courtesy Snapchat.

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