New apps aim to help on Halloween


Andre LaFleur trailed his son the skeleton in Takoma Park last year. New apps offer other ways to keep track of trick-or-treaters. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

If you think you’re old enough to go trick-or-treating without Mom or Dad, there are new apps that might persuade your parents to agree.

With the free iPhone app Track n Treat, kids can send a link showing their location by phone or e-mail. Parents can then use a Web browser to track where the kids go for four hours.

“Halloween is a great use of a temporary location-sharing technology,” said Bryan Trussel, who heads Glympse, the company that created the app.

Family GPS Tracker, free for iPhone and Android, not only lets parents see where their kids are but also sends alerts when a child strays outside a set area.

Life360, also free for iPhone and Android, lets family members view one another’s location on a map and keep in touch via group messaging.

“A 12-year-old might be too young to go out completely on their own, but an app can give them more freedom,” said Chris Hulls, head of Life360.

— Reuters

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