For those of us who love all of the haunted houses and frights that this holiday brings, we have a new reason to get excited this year. Augmented Reality is now becoming more common in apps, haunted house displays, and overall Halloween experiences.
Augmented Reality (AR) Technology takes your current environment and adds digital elements. A recent example is PokemonGo, an app that allows players to travel through their physical environment to find and collect digital monsters.
Just as Halloween has been traditionally viewed as a breaking down of the boundaries between the everyday and supernatural worlds, Augmented Reality blurs the line between the everyday and the digital. We’ve listed some apps that can help you scare yourself and others
Bring Scares with You
Those who plan to channel the “Ghost Busters” or “Walking Dead” characters this Halloween should take note of these apps with which you can digitally “interact” with ghosts, zombies and other creatures in your own environment.
: Earn points for capturing as many ghosts and ghouls as you can in your neighborhood and beyond with this app. Spectrek even lets you compete against your friends so you can have a fun and frightful experience.
: You don’t have to go to a haunted house to find out how you’d fare in a zombie apocalypse. With this app, you’ll be surrounded by zombies in no time. Walk around your neighborhood fending off zombies and tapping on first aid cases for extra health! Be quick and you might just survive!
: For those who are more interested in “Thriller,” there’s the “Dance with the Dead” portion of the Dubface app. Dubface turns a picture of you into a 3D sticker and places it on an animated dancing character. For Halloween, the app has its “Dance with the Dead” character, so you can create customized dancing zombies and film them dancing through your house or Halloween party.
Haunt Your Own House
Do you throw a haunted house in your home every year? Now you can make it even spookier by using apps that project terrifying creatures and sound effects using Augmented Reality. Just have your guests download these apps and they’ll be shrieking in no time!
: This Augmented Reality app can help you turn your normal, everyday home into the stuff of nightmares. Invite your friends over, have them download the app, and watch them freak out in your Augmented Reality haunted house. This haunting experience is most effective indoors, so shut yourself in, turn off the lights, and get ready to be thoroughly spooked.
Another app that can scare you is Ghost Snap AR Horror Survival. Invite over friends, download the app, plug in your headphones, and look through your phone’s camera to see what spooky creatures surround you. This app can turn your home into a haunted house in no time. In addition, you can take pictures of the monsters and ghosts you see around you in the game and share them afterward.:
Apps to help with Halloween décor
Not interested in haunted houses?can help you get into the Halloween spirit with Augmented Reality house decorations that won’t leap out and scare you! This AR app, which can help you decorate the interior of your home by placing fully rendered 3D models of furniture, has a Halloween feature that allows you to decorate for the season.
No matter what kind of ghoulish vibe you’re looking for this Halloween, you can use Augmented Reality to help you bridge the gap between digital and physical – and maybe even scare yourself in the process.