A Halloween Story with the free Storytime Sounds App

Mumsnet have asked bloggers to download and review the free Storytime Sounds app from ​notonthehighstreet.com with a chance to win a £400 voucher to spend on their site.

This iPhone app was launched in the summer and it has a range of sounds to use when you are telling a story to your children. Just like the button sound books which my kids have always loved. Son1 still won’t part with his Gruffalo sound book, even though he is far too old for it, being into Roald Dahl and the like now. So this app sounded ideal for us.

Storytime Sounds

And the app has just had an update with a new storyboard for Halloween. The existing storyboards are pirates, fairytales, ​lost world, space and monsters.

Storytime Sounds

Screenshot from my iPhone

So I duly downloaded the app onto my iPhone from​ the iTunes app store here and just before bedtime read the Halloween story “The Little Witch who couldn’t be scary” which notonthehighstreet.com had written specially to accompany the new update. With hindsight, it would have been better if I had printed the story to read it from, rather than balancing my laptop on my knee, as well as holding my iPhone and trying to cuddle 2 children.


The boys loved it, taking it in turns to press the sounds on my iPhone as I read the story to them. Just like they used to do when I read sound books to them before they could read themselves.

However they weren’t satisfied at this point. We had to continue by listening to every sound from the other five storyboards. They both declared Monsters to be their favourite storyboard.

They also requested the next day that the app be downloaded onto their own iPods. Son1 was planning to then tell his own monster story to son2 and me the next night, but he declared it not ready yet. Instead whilst son2 read the story of The Three Little Pigs, son1 added a variety of sounds from all storyboards.

So they think some extra sounds are needed, such as for the wolf to huff and puff.

I can tell that we are going to get a lot more fun from this app. So I highly recommend that you download a copy too. It’s free and aimed at families with kids age 3-7.

Disclosure. This post is a review of a product that is freely available but I do get an entry into a competition. All opinions are my own.


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