The Scream Country Haunted Forest and Hayride (www.screamcountry.com) is going on in Drumright through Saturday and includes appearances by the scary, paranormal Slender Man, a tall, lanky man with no face and black tentacles that stream from his back. He appears out of nowhere, usually in the woods, and, according to legend, will strangle/kill/absorb you if you see him.
Of course, the Curse of the Slender Man Hayride in Drumright is all in fun and fear, and the actual figure is a myth or mystery that was invented on the Internet. I learned about the legend from my middle-school-aged children.
If you're looking for a creepy app for Halloween to explore the legend, then check out Slender Rising ($2.99 or free on the Apple iTunes store from Michael Hegemann, depending on which version you buy). It's rather pointless, but in the free version, you walk around in what appears to be a fog-filled haunted forest at night, looking for some sort of clues. Leaves crunch as you walk, the music is scary and if you make a misstep, Slenderman appears with his tentacles out of nowhere, sucks you in and the screen turns fuzzy as the game is over.
The first time it happened to me, I screamed.
The paid version has more features, and there are other Slenderman-related apps on both the iTunes and Google Play stores.
Another scary-looking mobile app that I want to explore is “Haunting Melissa,” a storytelling app that was created by Neal Edelstein, producer of “The Ring,” “The Ring Two” and “Mulholland Drive.” It takes viewers into the world of a teenage girl named Melissa who thinks her mother, who died recently, is haunting her.
The movie-like trailer for the app is enough to make anyone shiver — the 31-second video has screams, darkened rooms covered in graffiti, a scared teen and the makings of a thriller.
The first chapter of “Haunting Melissa” is free on the iTunes store, with additional chapters available for in-app purchase. Edelstein and Hooked Digital Media teamed up to re-invent storytelling, a news release stated. It's designed to watch with headphones.
Content will be released in an unpredictable way as the story unfolds. It includes the ability to enlist friends to unlock chapters for free, interactive motion effects, video and a screen capture function that lets viewers step forward and backward one frame at a time to grab each freaky image for sharing, the news release stated. The story can change while viewers watch, too.
The app looks suspenseful and intriguing — perfect just in time for Halloween. Check it out at http://www.hauntingmelissa.com.