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October 31, 2012

Google Delivers Interactive Treat for Halloween

By David Delony, Contributing Writer

Google (News - Alert) has done some creative “doodles,” or customized logos, usually to pay tribute to famous people or decorate the site for a holiday, and the search giant has gotten into the Halloween spirit with its latest humorously spooky doodle.

Google’s website shows a series of building facades reminiscent of the “Scooby-Doo” cartoon series with an ominous wind blowing in the background. The street is lined with jack-o-lanterns, garbage cans (one of which reveals a yowling black cat when clicked) and a raven.

Clicking on one of the doors reveals cartoonish monsters, including one that resembles on octopus, a large pair of eyes that follows the mouse cursor, a ghost and a door that shifts to reveal that it actually is a monster.

The doodle is visible to searchers in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Google’s Halloween doodles in the past have been more modest, starting with replacing the “Os” in the logo with jack-o-lanterns, becoming more elaborate as the company’s stature has grown, until they have become lavish multimedia affairs like this year’s doodle.

For devices not capable of Flash, including many phones and tablets, the doodle is a static image revealing the monsters.

Google has released some impressive interactive doodles in the past. The company celebrated the 2012 Summer Olympics with an interactive hurdling game.

One of the most creative was in 2010 when the Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man by including a complete playable version of the classic arcade game in Google’s logo, much to the delight of video game fans and to the detriment of people who were actually trying to get work done that day.

Other animated doodles have paid tribute to Thomas Edison, Robert Bunsen, creator of the Bunsen burner, John Lennon on what would have been his 70th birthday, choreographer Martha Graham and Charlie Chaplin.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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