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Don’t be afraid of these Halloween-themed apps

They may not be pumpkin spice-flavored, but there are plenty of Halloween apps to keep you busy during the spooky holiday season.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Free on iOS

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Free on Android

If pumpkin carving is a big part of your Halloween tradition, you can find some inspiration in “Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns,” free on iOS, and “Pumpkin Carving Ideas” by ZaleBox on Android, also free. Both are catalogs of clever pumpkin creations that other people have made over the years.

They are just images, though; it’s up to you and your knife-wielding skills to try to recreate them, because instructions on how to do so are not included. Neither is very sophisticated, and the pop-up ads on “Carving Patterns” may get annoying. But both may inspire you to try something more interesting than the old zigzag smile face.

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Candy Blast Mania: Halloween

Free on iOS

Among Halloween-themed games, “Candy Blast Mania: Halloween,” free on iOS, may be among the most entertaining.

You swipe the screen to match groups of colored candies that fall into a rack, and complete challenges as you go.

The cute and amusing graphics and fast-paced gameplay make it lots of fun.

But the Halloween theme is a bit thin, and in-app purchases can quickly add up.

Digital Dudz

Free on iOS and Android

Dressing up for a Halloween party has never been as much fun as when you combine a creative costume with “Digital Dudz,” free on iOS and Android.

The app contains a number of special graphical effects, like a beating heart or a scanning cyborg eyeball.

You hide your phone in a cleverly constructed costume so that its screen is on display, and then scare the living daylights out of unsuspecting people. The hard part is building your costume or mask, but the development team offers some pre-made outfits for sale.

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One note: Some user reviews have complaints about its quality, as well as its compatibility with some Android phones.

Finally, for some excellent Halloween-themed recipes, look no further than the “All Recipes Dinner Spinner” (free on iOS and Android). It has thousands of recipes, including ideas for what to do with all that pumpkin flesh.


Kit Eaton writes on technology for The New York Times.