Must-Have Apps for Your Little Trick-or-Treater
When you’re a kid, Halloween is all about running around the streets getting as much free candy as possible. Once you’re a parent, this type of Halloween free-for-all can be enough to send you into an insane asylum. This year, keep your sanity and make sure your little boils and ghouls get the most out of trick-or-treating with these must-have apps.
Keep Track of Your Trick-or-Treater
Sending kids off to go trick-or-treating on their own can be scarier than the latest horror film, but it doesn’t have to be with FamilySignal. FamilySignal makes it easy to keep track of your kids while they trick-or-treat, or keep track of the whole family, in an easy to use app. With FamilySignal, you can set up alerts to be notified when your children have left or arrived at any location you choose, like meeting at a friend’s house before they head out to trick-or-treat. There’s also a “Touch Base” button so kids can check in and send their location with a single tap, or tap the “Panic Button” to send their location or alert the police in case of an emergency.
Get Notified if There’s a Problem
Similar to FamilySignal, the Companion app can help keep your child or teen safe on Halloween. Companion lets selected contacts keep track of each other’s location and status in real-time, making it great for parents letting their kids roam free on Halloween. With Companion, users enter a destination to provide selected contacts a map of their progress. Companion will also send alerts to selected contacts if users tap the “I Feel Nervous” button or don’t make it to their destination on time.
Find the Best Trick-or-Treat Spots
Whether you’re new to your neighborhood or your kids are looking to get a better candy haul, Nextdoor is the must-have app for finding the best trick-or-treat spots. Nextdoor is a social network app that helps connect neighbors and communities in a variety of ways, including finding out which neighborhoods are handing out candy, where to find local haunted houses, and which neighborhoods to avoid. Nextdoor is free for Android and iOS devices.
See and Be Seen
Although today’s smartphones have built-in flashlights, they aren’t always bright enough to see where you’re going on a dark night. Using a flashlight app can help enhance your smartphone’s flashlight, making it easier for little trick-or-treaters to see where they’re going. Additionally, many flashlight apps offer strobe lighting, which can help make your child more visible as they cross the street trick-or-treating from house to house. There are a lot of flashlight apps available for free on both Android and iOS devices that offer strobe lighting as one of their features. Flashlight Mega Flashlight for Android and Flashlight by iHandy Inc for iOS are just a couple of options that may work for your family.
Don’t Run Out of Candy
While your little goblins are out trick-or-treating, make sure you don’t run out of candy with GoblinCount. GoblinCount is an iOS app that makes it easy to keep track of the number of trick-or-treaters coming to your door so you can make sure you have enough candy next year. All you have to do is tap your iPhone whenever you get a trick-or-treater. GoblinCount will keep a tally and save it for next year so you’ll have a good idea of how much candy to buy.
These apps can help your little trick-or-treater have a safe, candy packed Halloween while keeping you from getting an unwanted scare. Happy trick-or-treating!
– By Jessica Oaks