Happy Halloween! Would it truly be a holiday in 2019 without a Google Doodle? The Halloween 2019 Google Doodle features an interactive game with “creepy” creatures.
If you go to the Google homepage today, you will be taken a neighborhood that is all dressed up for Halloween. Each of the six orange doors reveals an animal that is associated with Halloween or tends to give people the creeps. The animals include an owl, bat, tarantula, wolf, octopus or a jaguar.
Once the user has clicked on the door, they can choose between a “trick” or a “treat”. The “treat” includes an interesting fact about the animal, while the “trick” is accompanied by a cute animation. After you click on the door, the light above it will switch “off, as if a neighbor was turning off their lights after a long night of having handed out candy to trick-or-treaters. There are also a few other interactables on the Google Doodle. Users can click on items like the weather vane, aquarium, or jack-o’-lantern to reveal an animation.
This particular Google Doodle was produced by Lydia Nichols, Stan Cameron, Alyssa Winans of the “Trick or Treat” team. The spooky music was created by Silas Hite. The Google Doodle will be available in a variety of countries including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
The first Google Doodle was created in 1998. Larry Page and Sergey Brin created a Google Doodle that was centered around the annual in Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. Page and Brin were attending the event that year and wanted others to know where they were in case something we wrong with their site. Google Doodles have increased in popularity over the years and have come to celebrate and honor a wide variety of holidays, events, people, and achievements.
The “Doodler” Team has created over 4,000 doodles since 1998 and have begun to include designs from others. This past January, Google held a contest for students in grades K-12 to draw a doodle of what they hoped to see in the future. The 2019 winner was high school senior Arantza Peña Popo, who created a doodle celebrating her mother.