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

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 eighteen 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.
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Photo: Courtesy Google.
Google's Magic Cat Doodle
Head to Google today to meet Momo, a "first year feline at Magic Cat Academy." In typical Google holiday fashion, today's doodle is an interactive game. Use your "wand" to fight ghosts and score points.
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Photo: Snapchat.
Snapchat's Devilish Lenses
Snapchat has a ghoulishly strong selection of Halloween lenses this year. Press the pumpkin icon on some of your favorite ones to turn the dog and deer into evil versions of those animals.
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Photo: Courtesy Facebook.
Facebook Live's Masks
Get into costume without spending any money at all. Facebook Live is unveiling a series of Snapchat-like masks that let you turn into a skeleton, witch, evil queen, and pumpkin, among others. To use them in a Live video, press the magic wand in the upper left-hand corner, press the masks icon, and try on as many options as you want.
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Facebook's Halloween Reactions
In honor of Halloween, Facebook has unveiled its most creative reactions yet. Choose from an angry lantern, sad Frankenstein, laughing witch, candy-like heart, and a ghost that goes "wow" instead of "boo."
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Photo: Courtesy Handy.
Handy's Possessed Plants
Anyone living in New York should download the home services app Handy this Halloween. You can ask a cleaner to bring you a free, ghostly plant from the Dr. Best House and Medical Museum, a legendary haunted house in New York. Just be warned: You might have to deal with an apartment-dwelling poltergeist long past October 31.
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Photo: Courtesy Lyft.
Lyft's Horror Movie Mode
Last year, Lyft celebrated Halloween with a zombie apocalypse. This year, on September 29, riders in L.A., Chicago, Miami, and Las Vegas can experience a different kind of thrill with Horror Movie Mode. Lyft teamed up with 5SecondFilms to bring you film crews on-demand who will help you craft the movie during your ride. You'll get the quick, edited clip shortly after.
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Photo: Madeline Buxton.
Siri's Halloween Help
Siri shows her funny side when you ask her Halloween-related questions. Try, "Tell me a scary story" or, "What are you afraid of," or keep it simple and get her costume input.
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Photo: Dead Yourself.
The Walking Dead's Dead Yourself
Any fan of The Walking Dead needs to download the show's Dead Yourself app. Just take a picture of yourself and choose from equally creepy undead features like an axe in the head, ghostly eyes, and bloody skin. Then, choose a GIF or photo to share scare friends.
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Photo: Courtesy IMVU.
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).
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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.
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Photo: Snap, Inc.
Snapchat's Halloween Bitmoji
Snapchat is also getting in the spirit. 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 convos with friends.

And if you're having a party, you can also create a custom geofilter that attendees can use in their snaps.
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Photo: Glamsquad.
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.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
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.
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Photo: Refinery29.
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.
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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?
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Photo: Courtesy Google.
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.
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Photo: Courtesy Nextdoor.
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.
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Photo: Courtesy Presence.
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.
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Photo: Courtesy Snapchat.
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