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October 31, 2012

Google's Newest Doodle Brings Halloween Fun

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

The Google Doodle has always been one of those things Internet geeks pay an awful lot of attention to, and something the general public usually gets a nice surprise from. Whether talking about a particular Holiday being celebrated with the Doodle, or just a special day that Google (News - Alert) feels should be commemorated, the Internet giant has done a nice job bringing something a little special to the Web.

The Google Doodle certainly didn’t disappoint when it came to the company’s Halloween choice.

This particular Halloween Doodle actually has a couple of different moving parts. The first you’ll see is a sort of “Haunted Block” that is fully interactive. You can click on a couple of different cages and doors and different creatures will surface you can then also click on for a series of different animations. 

There’s also an animation of a giant pair of eyes that will follow your cursor wherever it goes on the screen.

Naturally, each creature represents a letter.

If you click the picture in the right place a number of times, a black cat will leap out of a trashcan and run across the screen, bringing you to a new screen where the search term “Happy Halloween!” appears and you can find a number of different Halloween-themed websites.

The second part of this interactivity comes when you do a search through Google for a horror movie title. Type in something like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and it’ll take you to the search page where you will notice three bats perched at the top. When you run your cursor over the bats, they fly away.

This also seems to work with some kind of cookie, as when you search for another movie, the bats seem to be gone for good.

This little nod toward the holiday brings a bit of fun to those who are doing their searching through Google during Halloween.

Edited by Braden Becker
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