Are things looking a little spookier in your Facebook News Feed lately? As of yesterday, you probably started seeing more witches, goblins and zombies than you're used to. That's because Facebook is getting into the Halloween spirit with some fun new features you can try.
The first is a variety of masks you can try on and "wear" while using Facebook Live. If you've never used Facebook Live before, it lets you live stream videos, which means your family and friends can tune in and watch. Some people even use this feature for broadcasting vlogs and other show content. (Psst... did you know that Kim uses Facebook Live to share behind-the-scenes action from the studios? Follow her on Facebook to catch these videos as they're happening.)
To access these fun masks and see how they look, just take the following steps:
- Open the Facebook app on your phone or tablet.
- Tap "Live" in the upper left-hand corner.
- Set up your video with a description and once you're streaming, tap the magic wand icon on the upper left.
- A menu of options will appear for you to choose from.
- Select which mask you'd like to try on.
When you're finished playing with these masks, you can easily go back to regular live streaming by tapping the X in the top left-hand corner.
The second feature that's arriving just in time for Halloween has to do with the reactions you can leave on people's posts. Replacing the regular smiley-face-type emojis are some new emojis that are all dressed up.
A laughing witch, surprised ghost, grumpy Frankenstein, and angry Jack-O-lantern can now help you express your reactions to the things your friends are posting. You can use them just as you would the regular reaction emojis by holding down the "thumbs up" icon tied to each post.
We're not sure exactly how long these fun features will be available, so you'd better act quickly! Facebook has indicated that other masks will be available even after Halloween; however, it hasn't released any specifics.
And, if emojis and masks aren't really your thing, try playing chess instead. Click here to learn how to do it.