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5 Scariest Halloween Apps

Thrills, chills, and shrills await with these horrifying Halloween apps.

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There are lots of ways to scare your friends this Halloween. You can create a blood-curdling scream; send a spooky photo, wallpaper, or screensaver; transform yourself into a zombie; and even put yourmore

There are lots of ways to scare your friends this Halloween. You can create a blood-curdling scream; send a spooky photo, wallpaper, or screensaver; transform yourself into a zombie; and even put your head in a jar. Do all that and more with our picks for the scariest Halloween apps. Bonus: We've also added our app picks for streaming the scariest movies and TV shows. Also, be sure to check out Chowhound's guide to throwing a creepy yet classy Halloween party.

Scariest Halloween Apps

Halloween Backgrounds & Halloween Wallpapers HD

Halloween Backgrounds & Halloween Wallpapers HD

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A haunted house. A clawing hand. A dangling spider. These are only three of the many backgrounds and wallpapers Halloween Backgrounds & Halloween Wallpapers HD brings to your device's home page and lock screen in high-definition. Keep the fear to yourself or share your finds with others. (Free)

Halloween Spooky Sound Box

Halloween Spooky Sound Box

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There have been many movie monsters since, but no one inspires terror quite like A Nightmare on Elm Street's dream devil, himself, Freddy Krueger. Scare your friends with the Halloween Spooky Sound Box app's recording of one of Krueger's creepiest lines as well as the infamous children's rhyme about him, "1, 2, Freddy's coming for you..." Other spine-tingling sounds include the Halloween theme song, lines from other horror classics such as Hellraiser and The Exorcist, and glass shattering, chainsaws revving up, and hair-raising screams. (Free)

Halloween Photo Booth 2017

Halloween Photo Booth 2017

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But a picture is worth a thousand screams. In just a few taps you can tack on scary jack-o'-lantern, ghost, night bird, and skull stickers to your photos. Then send to your friends over social media or chat apps for a real fright. (Free with in-app purchases)

Popsugar Halloween

Popsugar Halloween

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Whether you want to create a creepy costume, a chilling cocktail, or a demonic decoration, the Popsugar Halloween app has got you covered. Our favorites are the DIY decorations for your home, including the terrifying spider-filled terrarium, bloody candles, and the floating head in a jar. (Free)

The Walking Dead: Dead Yourself

The Walking Dead: Dead Yourself

Or you can go all the way and transform yourself into a killer zombie. The Walking Dead: Dead Yourself app enables you to take or import a selfie and customize it using 40+ high-res eyes, mouths, and props. Then send your creepy creation out to spook your friends. (Free)

Apps to Stream the Scariest Movies and TV Shows

Netflix

Netflix

October is the month when all the scary movies and TV shows come out to play. In the Netflix app, tap on the menu button in the upper right, then tap on Horror to browse the whole genre. We recommend "Stranger Things," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Young Frankenstein," "The Babadook," "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Cabin Fever," and "American Horror Story." Just check those age ratings to make sure everyone watching is old enough to handle the frights. An HD Netflix subscription starts at $11, with a free 30-day trial.

Hulu

Hulu

Netflix's biggest competitor has some exclusive gems that are perfect for Halloween, such as "Preacher," "Lucifer," "The Strain," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Being Human," and "Fear the Walking Dead." Hulu is $8 a month with commercials, or $12 a month without. You can also add a Showtime subscription for $9 a month, which grants you access to "Penny Dreadful," an intense and gory show set in 19th-century London, and "Twin Peaks," a very eerie but rewarding detective show.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video

If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, then you have access to a sizable library of movies and TV shows, at no additional cost. It's not at the level of Hulu or Netflix, and digging up genre-specific content can be trickier. If you scroll through the app far enough, you'll find a section where you can pick out all the horror movies currently available. We recommend "The Woman in Black," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "The Girl with All the Gifts," "What Lies Beneath," and "Pet Cemetery." Amazon also has a partnership with HBO to stream some of its older shows, so you get access to "True Blood" and "Carnivale."

You can pick up an Amazon Prime subscription for $100 a year, or subscribe separately to Amazon Prime Video for $9 a month.