Five Dumb Halloween Apps

From a $4.99 Mario Batali recipe app that'll inevitably result in a greasy screen, to the Hipstamatic indie-cam for a $1.99, the iTunes store offers thousands of apps to suit every demographic imaginable. And like a strip mall welcoming a temporary fly-by-night Halloween costume shop, developers tackle the holiday-specific cell phone apps market.

We compiled a list of five useless Halloween apps that'll add the extra umph missing from your boring, anti-festive smartphone.

Costume Idea App; $0.99 iPhone
The office costume party is less than a week away and the corporate internet restriction doesn't let you Google "clever halloween costumes" during business hours. The people at work are too busy planning their own costumes, they barely even talk in the break room--no one offers any suggestions. Don't sweat it, just let a cell phone pick your costume based on age and gender. There's even a category for couples too busy to brainstorm.

GhostCam App; $0.99 iPhone

worse, a person buying an app that mysteriously adds Casper to a photo,

or the idiot that falls for the ghost-in-the-picture trick? How many

times can that gag fool a person? Save the $1 and follow these easy

steps for a DIY lesson on ghostly cell phone gags: (1) make sure the

flash is on and (2) take a picture using the standard iPhone camera.

Then you can tell people that the distracting glare is actually a ghost.

Boo! Happy Halloween; $5.99 BlackBerry

a BlackBerry theme with a commercial holiday is about as cool as .gif

files on Myspace profiles; only tween girls are allowed to do it. But if

you're into replacing practical icons with spiderwebs and cartoonish

devil faces, and feel the need to spend $6 on a theme that'll be

outdated in two weeks and that very few people will see, happy


Phantom Solitaire; $0.99 iPhone

are a friendly ghost, some bats, and a bunch of jack-o-lanterns going

to make a game of Solitaire any more exciting? Download the free version

and avoid being the only asshole playing Halloween solitaire in the

middle of December. It's not like you leave the Christmas lights up thru

Memorial Day, right?

Zombie Jackpot Madness; $0.99 BlackBerry

machines are a casino's biggest money maker because the chances of

winning significant cash is highly unlikely. But once in a while, a

machine hits and a lucky person walks away victorious. Not the case on a

BlackBerry digi-slot. Whether you spin a winner on the first try or it

takes several hours to turn a fake-money profit, you're out $1, sucker.

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