Halloween tech tricks (and treats) for small businesses

Halloween tech tricks (and treats) for small businesses

In ancient times, the Celts believed that the dead returned to haunt the living on Halloween. To avoid these frightening encounters, they made huge bonfires to burn crops and animals as sacrifices, and wore animal heads and skins to ward off ghosts.

Today, this annual holiday is still associated with scares, but it’s all in good fun. People normally go trick-or-treating, create jack-o’-lanterns, and wear costumes to look like witches, monsters, or their favorite horror movie icons.

Halloween has certainly come a long way since the Celts celebrated it thousands of years ago. But what makes it even more special today is that we have the technology to do things that our ancestors couldn’t. If you have a small business and want to have fun with your staff, here are some creepy ways to spice up the occasion via Google Play.

Turn into a zombie

No, we don’t mean literally. But you can do that with the help of The Walking Dead Dead Yourself. Based on the popular zombie apocalypse TV series, this official app from AMC lets you quickly transform into a zombie and scare the living daylights out of family members, friends, or co-workers.

To create a ghastly appearance, the app uses over 40 high-resolution effects to zombify people. Simply take or import a picture of yourself and use the effects and props for the eyes, mouth, and face. Then watch in horror as the image comes alive!

When you’re done, share what you’ve created on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. It’s a great way to see yourself on the other side.

Watch out for this one

Are you tired of your boring Android watch? If you’re a fan of the hit game Plants vs. Zombies, you can make your timepiece stand out with this cute app.

In case you’re from Mars, this award-winning strategy game pits players against a horde of the undead. To survive, you need to plant and care for a bunch of weird-looking plants with special powers in your backyard.

Following its release in 2009, the game became a smash hit and spawned a number of well-received sequels. Critics also praised its musical score.

If you’d like to be reminded when it’s time to tend to your plants and protect your home, the Plants vs. Zombies Watch Face is the perfect companion. It features a normal zombie with movable hands to tell the time. Of course, you can also use this app like a regular watch when you’re not playing. So far, it works with Android Wear 5.0, but the developers say updates are coming soon.

Decorate your device

Halloween night is traditionally associated with witches, ghouls, and other things that go bump in the night. Recreate all that with this live wallpaper. It has flying bats, witches, and other ghastly delights. There are ghosts and pumpkin versions of the app too, and you have the option to change the color of the background.

For a better experience, save the wallpaper on your phone instead of an SD card. To use, go to Home > Menu > Wallpapers and click on Live Wallpapers.

Create spooky sounds

What’s more chilling than hearing your wife or boss screaming at you for doing something wrong? This Halloween soundboard, of course! It’s packed with lots of scary sound effects that will give you goosebumps when working late at night.

Use the app with your home stereo system to irritate pesky neighbors or scare off persistent bill collectors and burglars. Connect it to a hidden Bluetooth speaker to play pranks on people.

The app has classic sounds like demonic laughter, flying bats, clanking chains, and caskets opening, to name a few. They can be played individually, together, or set on an infinite loop for hours of endless fun. You can also use the sounds as a ringtone.

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