Bing and Google celebrate Halloween with interactive front pages

In case you haven't been paying attention, today is Halloween and lots of folks use October 31st to bring out their scary side. That apparently includes Microsoft's Bing team and Google, which are both celebrating Halloween today with interactive front pages.

While the main Bing page usually has some click-enabled elements in its daily picture, today's Halloween themed site goes all out in terms of interaction. Moving the mouse cursor along the page will slowly reveal some elements that can be clicked on to bring up some animated features. Some of the click-enabled parts of the page are a bit hard to find but they are worth taking the time to discover.

We won't spoil exactly what happens when you find and click on the interactive parts of the Bing front page today, but we will say they are related to some of the classic and scariest movies ever made. Of course, the page then offers a way to quickly search the Bing site to learn more about each movie once the animated presentation is done.

Google's latest interactive doodle that replaces its logo today shows a witch mixing a potion, with users asked to throw in some final pieces from a selection of four ingredients. Clicking on two of those four elements results in a quick Halloween themed mini-game, with a different game coming up depending on which ingredients are clicked in which order. Again, we won't spoil just what will happen when you play with this latest Google doodle but they are certainly some quick distractions for Halloween.

Image via Microsoft

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Liked them both but Bing (according to our informal office survey) wins hand down 11 to 1. The one person voting for Google collects Hello Kitty merchandise; no judging but just wanted to point that out. The fact that Bing is a search engine and it gives additional search info to all areas involved rather then some cute but forgettable games and link about the witch was what won me over (OK the whole Bing image was creepy too). Silly, posting this but it is quite dead at work and very bored so you have to suffer too with my comments.

Can't use the bing page on a windows 8 tablet with touch.

One Microsoft... narrrrrrr.

(f'd off at news Xbox is pants with a pre-order)

londan said,
Can't use the bing page on a windows 8 tablet with touch.

One Microsoft... narrrrrrr.

(f'd off at news Xbox is pants with a pre-order)

Works on my surface and IE11 metro on pc..

Bing's homepage Halloween theme is much better than Google's; strangely, though, the former's homepage looks better in the latter's browser. Bing's Halloween homepage appears a bit to bright in IE, while in Chrome it's a bit more darker (better).

A340600 said,
Bing's homepage Halloween theme is much better than Google's; strangely, though, the former's homepage looks better in the latter's browser. Bing's Halloween homepage appears a bit to bright in IE, while in Chrome it's a bit more darker (better).

Not exactly... It is a Video, and IE uses the OS Video settings, Chrome doesn't.

So in your video card manager (Intel, Amd, NVidia) you can adjust how video is displayed on your system, which IE uses, along with 99% of all other video apps. If the video in IE is off, you might have been playing with your settings or they aren't set well for your display.

So IE uses GPU assistance for video, Chrome doesn't and uses its own rendering that ignores the OS settings.

it's halloween, a day that comes once a year.
and bing and google don't do these interactive pages frequently.
just a fun little news post.

But on WP it is not interactive
did anyone figure out why those "info boxes" on the Bing search screen do not appear on WP anymore?

They still do, and it's NOT US only. Only rarely a few certain images are not mobile enabled with info boxes (particularly the interactive ones)