By Chris Dato • October 01, 2014
Ghosts and ghouls are the least of a parent’s worries on Halloween. There are a lot of great things about the holiday: fun costumes, delicious candy, getting to roam the neighborhood and knock on every door. Traditions a kid would be punished for on any other day are not only accepted but expected! Less than ironically, all of these things that make Halloween one of the favorite holidays among kids, can make the whole evening sounds like a nightmare to a concerned parent. But there is no reason that Halloween shouldn’t be fun for kids and parents alike, and we found some apps (and other neat stuff) to ensure the night of October 31st is a treat for you both.
Keeping track of children is one of the most prominent challenges for a parent on Halloween night. Not only has your child been loaded up with sugar and turned loose on the neighborhood, but he or she is doing it completely in disguise! Luckily, there is a bevy of apps designed to remedy this concern. Trick or Tracker 3.0 is an app that allows to instantly get the location of your child right on your phone. The app uses the phones GPS, allowing you to track your child’s location in real time, and as soon as you ask for it. Features of the app include the ability to track multiple children at once, as well as set up a “geo-fence.” The app does not require a monthly service subscription, and is available for just $4.99 on iOS and Android. Although the app was specifically designed for Halloween (hence the name), many parents on the website have commented that they use it year round.
Life360 is also designed to help you keep track of your kid’s location. This app is available for free on both iOS and Android, although it does not have all the features you get with Trick or Tracker 3.0. Kids can use their phones to check-in to locations when they arrive, and parents can keep track of their last check-in. Lookout is another useful free app, which gives you the ability to locate your child’s mobile device from your computer or phone. Something unique and especially cool about this app is that it can locate a phone even if it has been turned off, using google maps.
There are other precautions, aside from tracking, that each parent should take before sending their kids out into the neighborhood. The FBI Child id app is a wonderful free tool to help prevent tragedy on the holiday. The app gives you a secure place to store a photo of your kid, along with his or her fingerprints and vital information such as height and weight. While we obviously hope you never have to use this information, it costs you nothing but a few minutes to have it just in case.
The last safety measure I want to go over is much lower tech, but cool none the less. SafetyTats are a growing trend among parents in the last few years. These temporary tattoos are brightly colored and easy to apply, and last from 1 to 3 days according to the website. The coolest feature of SafetyTats is that you can customize them with your child’s information when you order them, making them perfect for particularly adventurous trick-or -treaters. The company features a myriad of designs for both boys and girls, as well as some themed specifically for Halloween.
The absolute best way to keep track of your kid is to go out with them, if the situation permits. But if you are the one who has to stay back and distribute candy, these innovative and useful products will help scare away some of your parental worries about Halloween.
Chris Dato A Southern California kid born and raised, Chris is happiest with sunglasses on his face and sand under his back. Although a self-proclaimed master money saver, he prefers the term 'responsibly frugal' to 'cheap.'