On one of the 2 CDs that come with the latest issue of Macworld magazine is a special Halloween treat for our readers: a playable demo of Ghost Master.

In Ghost Master, from Feral Interactive, you play an afterlife civil servant sent to Gravenville by the Haunter Committee. Your mission is to manage resources to scare and manipulate people, then to discover the secrets behind Gravenville. Ghostly beings do your bidding as you solve puzzles and unlock mysteries.

Placed in a fully 3D environment you must cunningly place your ghostly helpers around the game world in an attempt to scare the wits out of the inhabitants and increase your supply of plasm, the substance that ultimately grants you all your power. The spirit characters you can unleash to accomplish this task come in numerous recognizable forms (headless horseman, standard sheet ghost, gremlins), all with different scaring skills and abilities.

Install the game, and read Macworld's 4-star review of Ghost Master in the December 2003 issue, on-sale now.

Also on the Macworld CDs this issue: a full-version of business publishing suite Ragtime Solo 5.6.4, with word processor, spreadsheet, pictures, drawing, charting and slideshows; a full version of Nisus Thesaurus, with over 120,000 words to search; demos of Macromedia's Studio MX 2004 applications, Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks; three hours of expert Mac chat from Inside Mac Radio, a playable demo of the Viking-fantasy Northland; a fully functional trial of email client Mailsmith; and much more besides.

Police trick scare kids On a Halloween note, you can download a ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster from the Sussex Police Web site if you don't want to be answering the door to threatening children this evening.