Peekaboo Trick or Treat with Ed Emberley – iPad App Review

Night & Day Studios extends it Peekaboo app franchise with its latest offering, Peekaboo Trick or Treat. This universal app, which features the colorful and & kid friendly art of Ed Emberley, will help toddlers and pre-readers get into the Halloween spirit.

What’s behind the doors this time? Peekaboo Trick or Treat packs all the usual Halloween characters — ghosts, witches, spiders — but there are some surprises as well.

Peekaboo Trick or Treat’s UI runs much the way its cousin apps Peekaboo Barn, Peekaboo Wild etc do. To play Peekaboo Trick or Treat, the child simply taps on the door when he hears a knocking sound followed by a sound clue as to who is behind the door.

  

The doors open to reveal an Ed Emberley rendering of a ghost or a robot. The narrator says “ghost” then the word ghost appears on the screen. While the point of the app is to have fun rather than to learn vocabulary, this type of reinforcement is only going to bolster a child’s ability to recognize common words.

Before the app begins parents can choose either regular play or “looped” play — which repeats the content on a loop for as long as the child likes. Parents can set the narrator to child (adorable) or adult (clearer diction). Finally, if you just need a little peace and quiet, the user can also turn off the narration all together.

After the child goes all the different characters, the doors open to reveal “everybody,” followed by a screen shot of a few characters who are worn out from a busy day of playing peekaboo.

While most kids don’t need any extra encouragement to get excited about Halloween, an app such as Peekaboo Trick or Treat helps children enjoy anticipating the arrival of the big day, which is a large part of what makes Halloween special. Well, that and lots of candy.

Download Peekaboo Trick or Treat with Ed Emberley from the App Store for $1.99

What I liked: Ed Emberley’s clean, playful illustrations work well in this setting. The order that the characters appear changes each time you play with the app, which makes kids want to play with it more than once.

What I didn’t like: There are a number of Peekaboo apps. While it’s a cute way to present material, if this series is going to continue I’d like to see a little more variety. Also, unlike Peekaboo Barn, Peekaboo Trick or Treat doesn’t give a user the option to record her own voice.

To buy or not to buy: Peekaboo Trick or Treat is a must for families with children who love the Peekaboo series of apps or who will really enjoy having a special app to use leading up to Halloween. Others might want to try two additional Night & Day/Ed Emberley collaborations: Go Away, Big Green Monster and Ed Emberley’s Shake & Make.

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About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite