Google Goes Trick-or-Treating With an Animated Halloween Doodle

Google Inc. on Wednesday celebrates Halloween, an annual fun-filled celebration observed in several countries on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows, with an animated doodle.

Google Inc. is marking Halloween with an interactive doodle that animates some spooky happenings on a street where assorted ghouls and creatures are brought to life by users clicking on four front doors. Photo: Google Inc.

The Happy Halloween doodle features a haunted mansion numbered 13 with scary and bizarre creatures around it. A crow is seen hopping from one end to another over the roof of the haunted house. And to make the doodle more frightening, creepy music is played in the background, reports The Guardian.

When a user clicks the 1st door of the mansion a blue one-eyed octopus opens the door which also stands for the letter ‘G’ of the Google logo. The 2nd door is opened by a pair of eyes coloured in red and yellow thus forming the letter ‘O’ of the logo.

A click on the 3rd door and a ghost in a veil pops up who stands for the fourth letter ‘G’ of the logo. Another strange creature is seen at the window pane behind the iron rods. This creature can be interpreted as the letter ‘L’.

The last door of the doodle displays a creature with a scary smile and forms the letter ‘E’. A skeleton is seen flying in the air and jumps into action when clicked on it. An alley cat also jumps out of the dustbin and runs through the doodle screaming.

Across the doodle a number of jack-o’-lanterns, a popular Halloween symbol, lie on the doorsteps of the house for more impact. An eerie soundtrack plays in the background, although those of a nervous disposition can turn the music off.

“For the last couple of years, darker is where it’s been at,” says Melissa Sprich, vice president of Halloween merchandising for Party City, reports NDTV’s Gadgets.

For babies and toddlers, Sprich says “darker” may mean dressing as a devil this year, rather than a cheerful dinosaur. But for all other ages, many parents are seeking vampires, zombies and “the Freddies, Jasons and Chuckys” even for kids too young to see those characters on screen.

David J. Skal, who has chronicled America’s fascination with horror since the 1990s in numerous books, including “The Monster Show,” says he’s surprised at the level of “monster-ization of children” we’re seeing this year.

He points out that for centuries, frightening masks and “scary stories have been used to pass on a kind of coming-of-age message to children that the world is not always a safe and welcoming place.” Perhaps, he says, this year parents are especially preoccupied with just how unwelcoming the world seems.

Halloween has a long history and is believed to have pagan roots. Traditional activities such as offering prayers to Almighty, fasting and enjoying feasts are also practiced by some.

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