Halloween is once again upon us—and with so many hauntingly innovative tech startups to select from this year, it was quite a task to select just the lucky 13 for this trick-or-treat bag of tech offerings.
From ghost hunting attachments for the iPhone to 3D-printed customized candy, the following are 13 creepily innovative startups you need to be aware in 2017 and beyond.
Looking to get your party on this Halloween? Nocto is a leading nightlife party app for finding the right party/event for any occasion. The offering works exclusively in Europe, with extensive coverage of the Netherlands party scene.
What’s Halloween without a little magic? Magic is a texting service that aspires to help users get anything and everything—akin to a digital genie in a bottle or 24/7 personal assistant. The solution combines human assistants with software to message users and fulfill their requests.
Birmingham, U.K.-based Magic Candy specializes in 3D printed customized candies, from dinosaurs and cartoon characters to selfies. The company’s app features hundreds of pre-made shapes and layouts; users can also add their own custom messages, as well as turn their favorite photos into candy.
Ghost Sensor is arguably the most dummy-proof ghost hunting app on the market. To get a reading, simply monitor the virtual needle—if it shifts to the right, a supernatural presence is detected. Check out the customer reviews on iTunes for some spine-tingling user experiences with the app.
Looking for the perfect costume? BuyCostumes.com is a leading online retailer of costumes, accessories, and decorations for Halloween and any occasion throughout the year. The company features a no-hassle return and exchange policy.
Halloween sweets would be perfect without the added calories and cavities, and Israel-based DouxMatok is developing a sweetener alternative that promises just that. The company’s solution allows food companies to use 40% less sugar in their products without compromising taste/sweetness.
Who can forget 8-bit Halloween favorites like Castlevania and Ghosts and Goblins? UFO 50 has developed a collection of 50 modern classics for game aficionados with a taste for retro pixel graphics and NES-like gameplay.
HauntWorld is the largest online resource of Halloween events and activities—the portal features a global directory of attractions, discussion board/forum, video library, and more. The website was created by former haunted house operator Larry Kirchner.
IEMF+ is a leading ghost hunting app that detects electromagnetic fields for ghost hunting and performing psychic readings. The solution is available exclusively for the iPhone/iPad.
Like DouxMatok, San Francisco-based Miraculex is developing an alternative to traditional food sweeteners. Its plant-derived, zero-calorie sweetener was designed to mimic the flavor of the West African “miracle berry.” The company is part of Indi Bio, the world’s largest seed biotech accelerator.
What’s better than the perfect horror flick on Halloween? How about all the showing you want for the price of a single ticket each month? Founded by an early Netflix executive, MoviePass offers movie fans one showing every day at any theater in the U.S. that accepts debit cards—for only $9.95.
Olympia, Washington-based Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes offers an unparalleled selection of creepy confections; it also boasts one of the most supernatural startup founding stories we’ve heard in a while: the company was named by the founder’s deceased grandmother in her dreams.
In short, be sure to have a festive and safe Halloween—and be sure to keep these startups and their creepily innovative offerings on your radar in 2017 and beyond.