The holiday of candy, costumes, crazily scaring people — and best of all, PUMPKINS!!! is upon us — and you should be celebrating! Not all of us get to dress up to the nines and beg for candy anymore, but that doesn't mean your phone can't get a cute costume, too! There are lots of ways to theme dress up a phone without getting tacky cases, and that's why we're bringing you a variety of sweet and simple wallpapers that remind us that not only is Halloween here, but it's for more than just horror shows. Here are the sweetest and spookiest Halloween wallpapers for your Android phone to dress up with.
Get festive, not garish
WallCandy isn't as sweet as the name suggests; some of the best wallpapers in here are wonderfully macabre, like this grinning grim reaper taking a new spin on a classic phrase.
Normally, I'd try to select something more ominous from the vast astrophotography selection over at NASA, but this year, the Supermoon rising over a scaffolded and obscured Washington Monument seems pretty fitting.
Get off the road!!
This frankly freakish road in the middle of desolate woods in Germany looks like it has Nazgul, goblins, and god knows how many other monsters lurking in the roots and the mist. I need two swords and a cleric before I'd even attempt to cross it, thanks.
Make it your own
Want to get some Halloween spirit without going full witches and vampires? That's okay! Tapet lets you generate a unique wallpaper from dozens of pattern styles and whatever color palette you can imagine. And you can use it for EVERY holiday!
Maid vs witch cult
Whether you're a huge Re-Zero fan or not, the minimalist take on this holiday ensemble for the darling demi-human maid Rem is a cute Halloween wallpaper with just the right amount of playfulness to it. The neutral palette helps this wallpaper feel less saccharine than most.
Crisp fall wallpapers
Wallipop is a wallpaper app that gathers together high-quality wallpapers from a selection of curated creators. I love Wallipop because each wallpaper comes in two to four different color schemes, so you can get the design and palette you want.
Howl-o-ween is here!
Ryan Bliss has been making amazingly dope 3D digital wallpapers for over 20 years, and his latest Halloween wallpaper is worth every penny for horror fans. The werewolf transforming under the rising blood-red moon is haunting, and who knows what else lurks in the fog.
Chromebook users, rejoice
I think we can all agree it doesn't get more adorably Halloween than a little black cat with a jack-o'-lantern. Now, there are two things you should know about this wallpaper: first, this is a paid wallpaper, and I have no problem paying for it because LOOK AT THOSE EYES! Second, they will cut deep into your soul and drag the biggest AWWW out of you.
Backdrops is a massive wallpaper app that features hundreds upon hundreds of wallpapers from artists all around the world, and it should come as no surprise that several of the wallpapers within the app are spooky, such as "Devil's Night," "Dead Shed," and "Within the Woods." Other wallpapers like "Pumpkin Spice" take on the lighter side of the haunted holiday.
Tricks and treats
Halloween is one of the spookiest times of the year, but it doesn't have to be. The holiday is fun, bright, and full of great iconography, so the right decorations are paramount. Of course, you can decorate your home, but you can also dress up your Android with festive Halloween wallpaper.
The more nostalgic pumpkin wallpapers like those found in Tapet and DeviantArt are always fun to see, but after a while, you start to get an itch for something a little more refined evil and a little less trick-or-treaty. I was impressed at how many of the word wallpapers in WallCandy made me laugh before instantly setting them as my own wallpaper.
Backdrops has a great variety of creepy, creepy wallpapers, too. And once Nov. 1 rolls around, it features plenty of Christmas wallpapers to switch over to, because unless you're a massive Nightmare Before Christmas fan, your Halloween wallpaper won't last long into November.
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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.