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Appdapted: Halloween Themed Apps (updated list)


Updated List 10/21/12 10 Days till Halloween

Halloween is going to be here before we know it, so spend some time now and stock up on some great quality Halloween themed apps!  I have always enjoyed working on Halloween themed activities throughout the month of October and I now really enjoy having my clients  interact with Halloween themed apps. I know some you school SLPs out there aren’t allowed to call these activities “Halloween themed” and usually have to go with “Fall Festival” or use some other workaround title.

Here is a list, in no particular order, of 21 Apps to use for Halloween. Some of them have a direct Halloween theme and others are themed around  spooky or scary things. Keep an eye out for the apps that are labeled HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as these will be of immediate use to you in your therapy sessions.

Screen shot of my Halloween folder

1) Halloween Shelf   – Free  (5 years and up)

This is a fun little app that is essentially a soundboard. You can use it for cause and effect, predicting, etc… My favorite us of it and do this with other sound board apps is to use it for sound effects.   I have some of my higher functioning clients write a scary story and then read it and use the soundboard like an “old timey” radio show. They really enjoy hitting the sound effects and then listening to a recording of their story.

2) iBlower Series: Magic Halloween – Free (Toddler and up)  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This is pretty cool cause and effect app because you are able to activate the animations using your hands, voice, or by blowing into the mic. The blowing into the mic feature is neat because you can have some lower functioning kiddos interacting with the app as well or even higher functioning if you want to work on some production of lip rounding or just work on basic imitation skills.

3) Monster Mash Lite- Free (Toddler and Up)

Working on describing skills? This app allows you to create monsters with a different head, torso, and legs. This can be a fun app to use in a barrier type game, where the child creates their monster and the therapist has to then draw the monster based on the child’s description of it.

4) Monster Booth- Free ( Middle School and Up)

This app is definitely for the older kids as it is slightly gross and contains aspects of blood and gore. You take a picture of the person you want to turn into a monster and then apply the overlays. Perhaps you can turn it into a what do you want to before Halloween game? So if you have some older middle school students and above this might be a great app to use if they can handle it without laughing and not being mature.

5) Treat Street- $.99 ( Toddler and UpHIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This is a fabulous app if you want to work on role-playing skills or just practice saying “trick or treat”. To play, you dress your character up in their costume and then head out down your street ringing the door bell or knocking on the door. The door opens and you get a treat for your bag. You are also able to monitor the treats in your bag as you go along in the game and can practice sorting skills at the end of the game by sorting all the treats in the bag.

6)  Carve-A-Pumpkin from Parents Magazine- Free (Toddler and up)  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The app store as a bunch of carver your own pumpkin apps but I like this one the best. You are able to carve both free hand or use templates .

7) Monster Me- Free ( Toddler and Up)

Monster Me is a pretty cool Augmented Reality App that has a mad scientist feel to it.  You line up your head on-screen with the guidelines and click play and virtual mask is overlay-ed over your face.  You can change your eyes, nose, and mouth while wearing the mask or have fun and click randomized for a totally mad creation!!!

8) Ask Ya Mummy- Free  ( Elementary and up)

Working on answering “yes” and “no” questions? Is it boring  and tedious? Well invite a Mummy into your therapy session.  Ask Ya Mummy randomly answers questions you ask with a “yes” or a “no”. You can have fun by have the child gauge if the mummy was ”right” or “wrong” when answering the question.  The app can also be used as a soundboard as well.

9) Peek a boo Trick or Treat $1.99 (Toddler) iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kindle, Android  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

Night and Day studios have a fun series of Peek A Boo apps and this is their latest edition.  Knocking on the door causes it to open revealing 1 of 14 Halloween themed characters. The only thing I don’t really like is the fact that you are knocking on the door and finding a character and it should really be the other way around. You should be answering the door to greet one of the characters. It’s cute and fun nonetheless!

10) My Monster Voice- Free  (Toddler and Up)  iPad

Want to sound like a monster?  This app comes with 3 preset high pitch monsters, 2 low pitch monsters, and a custom setting.  Select your monster, record your message, and hit play and start laughing at how silly the voice sounds.

11) Go Away Big Green Monster! $2.99 ( Toddler and Up)  iPad HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

I am sure you have used this at some point with a felt board activity or just reading the book, as this book as been around for quite some time. It offers a treasure trove of possible activities from just working on the word “go”, parts of the face,  to describing activities.  Just Google “Go Away Big Green Monster! activities” and you’ll see what I mean.

12) Halloween Card Creator- Free (Elementary and up)  iPad

A fun free app that allows you to make Halloween Cards! Lots of fonts, clip art, and various other customizations  Start creating your Halloween card today and share it via e-mail or Facebook!

13) What was I scared of?  By Dr Seuss $1.99 (Elementary and up) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

A fun story about “fear” and how to handle it.  Typical Dr. Seuss rhyming pattern through the book supports good phonemic awareness.  Great to work on picture and word associations as well.

14) Spooky Playtime $2.99 (Toddler and Up) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

This is one of my favorite Halloween apps. It has lots of fun mini games!! They include: Junk Food Zombie- feed the zombies and help improve their eating habits, Bat Cave- sound recognition, Haunted House- a memory and matching game, Pumpkin Patch- counting skills, Spooky Forest- candy shape and color matching, Billy Bones- fine motor and shape recognition, Sylvia’s Spider Web- letter andnumber recognition.

15) First Words Halloween $1.99 (Pre-k and up) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This app is based on the successful First Words Apps. I like this app because you can work by letter name or phonics and pre-select the amount of letters you want in each word. It’s useful to target CVC word for articulation or simply target some fall themed vocabulary!

16) Clicky Stick Halloween $.99 (Toddler and Up) iPad  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This app is based on the award-winning app Clicky Sticky. This app will allow you to create a visual scene using “stickers” and then animate it using the play button. It’s lots of fun and can be used to enhance describing and vocabulary skills.


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17)  Guess Who I am!  Halloween Monsters Edition- Free HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This is a fun twist on the classic Guess Who but with monsters. What’s nice is that the app offers the options of what questions to ask like ” Does your monster have wings?” etc.. So works great if you are working on asking questions or describing skills!  These prompts are also available for the regular version of Guess Who I am where people are involved.

18) Mystery Machine- Lite -Free  iPad HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

 

This app is lots of fun. You essentially are a Mad Scientist who has created a mystery machine that creates all sorts of gross things and monsters. You have different ingredients you add to the machine three at a time and what you get is a mystery!  I can see this game being used for targeting working memory where you give the child a recipe i.e.  Eye ball, Frog, and Pumpkin and they have to remember it.

19) Mask Doodle- $.99 iPhone and iPad

This app is developed by the same developers that brought you Cookie Doodle which is another fun app. What cool about this app is that once you create your mask you are able to print it out. You can even target some fine motor by having the child cut out the mask.

20) Mask Jumble- $.99 iPhone and iPad

Here is another mask making app but this time the fun is not printing it out like in Mask Doodle but by using augmented reality to wear your mask. I use their other mask game called Mask Jumble Animals that has a free and paid version in case you wanted to check out how the app works.  Lots of fun possibilities for describing or role playing with this one!

21) Henry’ s Spooky Headlamp- $.99  iPad

 

Another fun app for building Halloween vocabulary and based on the Henry’s Headlamp series. You play as Henry wearing his headlamp in the dark and you have to search the darkness with your lamp for items like a skeleton, bat, pumpkin, etc…

 

I hope you enjoyed the updated list and that you find these apps useful for therapy!  Thanks!

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  1. Manuel says

    Really? Many of these women still look really good in their young pruetics, and most of the ones who don’t look good look that way because very few people would apply the label sexy to an 8 year-old.

  2. Gulnara says

    wes – i came across this site while shercaing to see if camera+ had an option to save the original photo. i agree with you 100% that this is a must have for such an otherwise superb camera app. it’s not a feature that i would like to have, more than an annoyance that it isn’t available in the first place.regardswesFebruary 3, 2011 7:52 pm

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  6. Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP says

    Reblogged this on OT's with Apps and commented:
    With only 4 more days to go here are 21 Halloween Apps posted by age from The Speech Guy! Spooky Fun for creating, writing and other fun or general halloween silliness!
    Enjoy!
    How can you resist a seasonal app

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  8. Courtney says

    Speech guy- you forgot to mention that on Halloween sound shelf– be careful which ones you let your clients touch. A couple say oh god and one says hell. I always feel bad when one of my kids is playing with it an accidentally select them!
    -your favorite cf.

    • Kunhi says

      love them. We love them. And this one’s a blinder. ‘The App Option: Does Your Business Need One?’ dictsses the App Market from the market share of the key players through to the big question:

    • azspeechguy says

      You won First Words Halloween!

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      • Saeksun says

        Carol Johnson – Kirk, one of the many things I love about you is your deihglt in sharing your knowledge with others. Dad & I always look to you for tech advice as you are so in the know. Having a love of learning is a great talent and one you are always developing. We love your zest and enthusiasm for life.October 14, 2010 6:39 pm

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  11. A. Brentwood says

    Great list; thank you! My students love Millie’s Book of Tricks and Treats, which is quite entertaining for the adults as well. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/millies-book-tricks-treats/id472429219?mt=8

  12. Judi says

    I can’t get Ask Ya Mummy to work? Anyone else have trouble?

    • azspeechguy says

      Judi, Just ask your question and tap the mummy for him to give you an answer :)

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      • Judi says

        I have a white box that is over the mummy with a “back” option. I have tapped everywhere on the screen, asked many questions, and it drops off after about 5 seconds.

        • azspeechguy says

          Hmmm… what version of iOS are you running?

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  14. Maggie says

    Thanks for including my First Words Halloween app in your list!

  15. Lee Anna says

    Thanks for the info! My preschoolers love “Giggle Ghosts”

  16. Carol says

    Thank you so much! I see a few on your list I’m going to work with. I also really like Henry’s Spooky Headlamp; one of a series of seasonal apps by Campfire Apps. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/henrys-spooky-headlamp/id469760219?mt=8
    My students have also enjoyed Millie’s Book of Tricks and Treats. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/millies-book-tricks-treats/id472429219?mt=8

  17. Sue Drouin M.S., CCC-SLP says

    Fabulous list of fun to learn apps, Thanks