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Keeping Halloween Fun and Safe

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My kids are super excited about Halloween. From costumes to sweet treats, Halloween offers plenty for kids to get excited about. The older two already have their costumes picked out and are excited about the costume contest, the younger two will be thrilled to actually get some candy!

Trick or Treat

Parents and guardians, on the other hand, may feel some anxiety about the holiday, especially if they have teens or tweens who trick-or-treat or attend Halloween parties. Halloween is a night where staying connected with kids takes on increased importance. Fortunately, today’s parents can breathe a little easier, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and some of the top-rated apps that can make Halloween safer and more fun.

Start the conversation about cell phone rules and etiquette

Parents with children and teens can use the U.S. Cellular Parent-Child Agreement to start the conversation about cell phone rules and etiquette and set expectations for Halloween night.
According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, nearly half (47 percent) of parents have a child with a cell phone, and the average age children receive their first cell phone is 12.

The Basics: Most modern smartphones come with several tools useful for Halloween safety. For example, you can:

  • Set up alarms on your child’s phone for periodic reminders to check in.
  • Program your phone numbers into their phone as ICE (In Case of Emergency).
  • Take advantage of the flashlight function for night visibility.

Recommended apps: Parents can also take advantage of these top-rated, free or low-cost apps for Halloween safety. I have a few of these on my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and my husband has some on his iPhone 6:

  • Family Locator: Keep tabs on trick-or-treating family members with the Family Locator app. This free app allows parents to see kids’ locations in real time, get notifications when they reach their destination and receive alerts when they go somewhere unsafe.

family tracker

  • Red Panic Button: In case of emergency, parents can ensure they’re reachable at a moment’s notice with the Red Panic Button app. A press of the button sends an SMS and email that contains a link to Google Maps and their GPS coordinates to everyone in the panic contact list.

panic button

  • FBI Child ID: This free app provides invaluable tools in case a child goes missing. Convenient electronic storage of photos and vital information about your child enables parents to show pictures and provide physical identifiers to first responders, as well as easily email the information to authorities.

fbi child id

  • Ghost Radar: Have a little fun this Halloween with the Ghost Radar app! This free app takes Halloween safety to a paranormal level by alerting users to any possible paranormal activity in the area. Ghost Radar takes various readings on the device, and includes a voice to announce when interesting words have been detected.

ghots radar


What do you do to keep Halloween safe and fun?



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21 Responses to Keeping Halloween Fun and Safe

  1. Kara W October 30, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    This app is so practical, but fun! I am not sure I would sleep well if I tracked paranormal activities!

  2. Jeanette October 30, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    We still go with the kiddos trick or treating, but if they went on their own then they would have to keep a phone on them that I can watch them the whole time. I LOVE a lot of these apps!
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  3. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) October 30, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    That ghost radar app is a lot of fun! I have it and we play with it all the time 🙂

  4. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle October 30, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    I love this app! Halloween is always so much fun for us, but I do constantly worry about safety.
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  5. Crystal Lopez October 30, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    These are such awesome ideas for sharing. I have never heard of the red panic button but I always have a fear of losing one of my kids so why no use it out at other functions!

  6. Chubskulit Rose October 30, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    With the crazy things happening these days, you can’t help it but worry for your children’s safety. I love this app!
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  7. Megan Elford October 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    The Panic Button app looks like a great idea, especially for my youngest. She’s young enough to still need supervision, but old enough to go to friends’ houses on her own. That one looks like a it would be the perfect way for her to contact me quickly and easily.
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  8. Jennifer October 30, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    love this app. Never heard of it before but sounds so beneficial. My kids don’t have a cell phone yet but I hope this is still around for when they do finally get a phone.
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  9. lisa October 31, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    These all sound like great apps. I trick or treat with my kids. We make it a big group event and a bunch of parents and kids go so that everyone has a great time.
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  10. Mistee Dawn October 31, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    We stay with my daughter every step of the way, she has special needs so we try to be safe as possible. It is tonight! She is so excited!
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  11. Ourfamilyworld October 31, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestions. The Panic Button app sounds really good. I will download this.
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  12. Uplifting Families Halloween Safety Tips November 1, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    I am thankful that there are apps to help keep the kids safe. I have React Mobile on my phone.

    I don’t let my kids go door to door any more. We take them to our church.

    A few years ago, when my kids went Trick or Treating I found a registered sex offender in my dad’s neighborhood. This scared me a little bit but I just mentioned it to my sisters to stay away from a certain house. I then looked into the laws and shared it on my blog to inform other parents.

  13. Bonnie @wemake7 November 1, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    That panic button feature is awesome! That is something I really would want, thank you.

  14. Lynndee November 1, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    I didn’t know about those apps. How I wish I had known about the ghost radar. It would have been fun to use it while trick-or-treating last night. 🙂
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  15. Jennifer November 1, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Great tips! I think the panic button app would be particularly helpful if someone got in a bad situation!

    Jennifer Ashley

  16. alexandria waning November 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    These are all great for older kids. We love trick or treat, too. Last night was so fun but very packed in the neighborhood we went to. Had me nervous the whole time.
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    • Rosey November 1, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

      It would be good to have the features of this app, for sure. I like the idea of always having access to a flashlight.

  17. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey November 2, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    We had a blast!! These apps sounds great, I wish I’ve read this post earlier. I would have got the ghost radar, it sounds so fun!
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  18. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green November 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    I certainly made sure the kids were safe for Halloween. At their age that means near us and wearing their RoadID bracelets. My oldest will need a cell phone next school year so we will start having that talk.
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  19. CourtneyLynne November 2, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    These apps sound great. We had so much fun trick or treating this year!!!! Sad halloweennis over!


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