When you start seeing pumpkins popping up everywhere you look, you know it's almost Halloween season. Why not add a pumpkin to your Mac, too? At our house, our Macs get into the Halloween spirit with screen savers full of spooky ghosts, glowing pumpkins, cackling witches, rattling skeletons, dancing black cats, and circling bats.
Halloween screen savers can be so much fun that you might want to enjoy them for the whole month of October, and even beyond Halloween.
Screen savers are available from many sources. My favorites come from web sites that specialize in seasonal decorations for computers.
What's Halloween without a few zombies? This screen saver from Useless Creations will have the scary creatures stumbling around your screen looking for snacks; just the thing to set a Halloween mood. Be careful not to leave any buckets of brains nearby, though; they're considered a zombie delicacy.
The 3D Desktop Zombies Screen Saver is available in both free and paid versions. The paid version adds more zombies and also lets you choose the type of zombies.
American Greetings has a fine collection of Halloween screen savers that are suitable for the whole family. The screen savers range from silly to slightly spooky. There's even a screen saver for pet lovers.
Download one or download them all. The screen savers are free, but you must register for the American Greetings web site (registration is also free) before you can download them.
When you're walking through a graveyard at night, you never know who or what you'll meet. Useless Creations' 3D cemetery has its share of ghosts, goblins, spooks, and other denizens of a Halloween night just ready to pop up and say hello.
A Horribly 3D Halloween Screen Saver is available in both free and paid versions. The paid version removes a few nag screens that tend to pop up almost as often as the ghosts.
The Jack-O-Lantern screen saver is a finely detailed and exquisitely fashioned series of carved pumpkins that will light up your screen. An assortment of carvings is included; you can also carve your own pumpkin.
The Jack-O-Lantern screen saver is free from Killer Robots.
Updated for Snow leopard (OS X 10.6)
Late on Halloween night, a scarecrow and his friend, an inky black cat, emerge from a pumpkin field to dance under the harvest moon.
This free screensaver from NewFreeScreensavers.com is a great choice if you prefer a lighter Halloween mood for your Mac. It's perfect for both kids and adults who scare easily on dark autumn nights.
With its colorful, kooky characters, the free MacHallowScream screen saver from Brian White Illustrations will delight just about everyone.
One thing to note: When you install MacHallowScream, it will show up in the Mac's Screen Saver preferences pane with the name 'fssx' rather than 'MacHallowScream.'
The MacHallowScream screensaver hasn't been updated to work with OS X Lion, but should work just fine with Snow Leopard and earlier versions of OS X.
Hershey's Spooky Night Screensaver has three designs to choose from: Pumpkin Patch, Rainy Night, and Spooky Night. Hershey's screensavers are compressed in the older .sit format. You may need the free Stuffit Expander in order to expand the compressed file.
Hershey's screensavers haven't been updated to work with OS X Lion, but they should work just fine with Snow Leopard and earlier versions of OS X.