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Trick-or-treat tracking apps make Halloween less scary for parents

New apps allow parents to keep track of

New apps allow parents to keep track of their children's location while they trick-or-treat. Photo Credit: Handout

Your child may be excited to scour the neighborhood for candy this Halloween, but when it comes to you, the idea of allowing your son or daughter to trick-or-treat alone might seem a lot more frightening than any creepy mask or horror flick.

Fortunately, thanks to new technology, letting your child trick-or-treat solo is about to get a lot less scary.

"Track n Treat" and "Life360" are two free mobile apps that can help you keep track of your children's whereabouts as they trick-or-treat.

"Track n Treat," available for the iPhone, allows children to send their parents a link that will allow them to view their location from any web browser. The link expires after four hours.

"Life360" is available for iPhone and Android devices and not only serves as a GPS tracker, but also allows you to set up an alert if your child goes beyond a certain area.

"A 12-year-old might be too young to go out completely on their own, but an app can give them more freedom," Chris Hulls, the CEO of Life360, told Reuters of the technology.

While these apps are great for curing your case of the worries, they do tend to use a lot of battery life. Just be sure your child's device is fully charged before he or she leaves the house.

Both apps are available for download now.

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