7 Apps To Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

For parents with kids old enough to go “trick or treating” alone this year, you’re probably proud of your intelligent, responsible, well-behaved kids. So you reward them with their first chance at Halloween freedom.

On the flip side, sending your kids out without you on Halloween of all nights can be scarier than watching an all night horror movie marathon on TV, complete with coats arranged on a coat hook in the shape of a menacing person in the dark, and a gigantic hairy spider sharing your popcorn.

Even if your kids are going out with older kids or other parents, the fact that you won’t have your eye on them for the entire trip gives you pause. That doesn’t mean you have to be completely blind to your kids’ safety when they are alone or in the care of others this Halloween. Check out these 7 apps that will give your kids an extra layer of safety and give you an extra layer of peace of mind.

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    7 Apps To Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween via Babble.com
    7 apps that will keep your kids safe and make you feel better this Halloween.
  • Sex Offenders Search 2 of 8
    Halloween apps - Sex Offenders Search via Babble.com

    If you're sending your kids out trick or treating alone this Halloween, it may be a good idea to give them a "parent-friendly" route for them to stick to. Using the Sex Offenders Search app to gain insight on all the registered sex offenders in your area may give you a good idea of what areas to steer your kids away from, as well as learn a little more about the residents in your area for future reference.

     

    $3.99: iOS, Android & Windows Phone

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  • iEmergency ICE Family PRO 3 of 8
    Halloween apps - ICE Family PRO via Babble.com

    While going through your pre-trick or treating checklist with your kids, it's a good idea to make sure your families ICE (In Case of Emergency) information is up to date. The ICE Family PRO app by iEmergency can ensure that not only you have the latest emergency information readily at hand, but you can store your kid's important information on their phone like quick contact list, medical information, date of birth, and blood type, and lock-screen and wallpaper customization, just in case something happens and ICE info has to quickly be accessed.

     

    $2.99: iOS

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  • Family by Sygic 4 of 8
    Halloween apps - Family by Sygic via Babble.com

    Keeping an eye out on your kids' whereabouts this Halloween has been made easy with smartphones equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) functionality and apps like Family by Sygic that take advantage of GPS to provide real-time location sharing for your entire family. With the app installed on a family member's phone, you see their location on a map, as well as set unsafe zones that send you a notification when entered. That way, you can know your kids are safe without embarrassing them by bugging them fifty-eleven thousand times via phone call.

     

    Free: iOS & Android

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  • Life360 5 of 8
    Halloween apps - Life360 via Babble.com

    The Life360 app is another family location-sharing app that will enable you to keep an eye on your kids during Halloween events, but with the added feature of browsing your kids' location history to find out where your kid has been. The app also includes nearby places your kids can go in the case of an emergency and a panic button for your kids to press that will quickly send an alert to your phone with your kids' location.

     

    Free: iOS & Android

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  • MamaBear 6 of 8
    Halloween apps - MamaBear via Babble.com

    Your kids look like you did when you were their age. They probably act like you did as well. Let's not pretend that you never told your parents you were in one place, but with a careful, thought out plan, ended up someplace else when you were that age. This is where apps like MamaBear shine. The app has GPS location sharing, but when your kids claim "my phone was dead" when you tried to ping their location or call their phone, it can also receive updates on your kids' Facebook and Instagram activity. The app will let you follow your kids' new friends as well, when they are tagged in new posts or photos. So if your kid has been carefully planning an excursion to a Halloween party you weren't made aware of, MamaBear will help you do some social media research to find out. You just may find a Halloween party pic of your kid...the same party your kid swore they did not attend.

     

    Free: iOS & Android

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  • Panik 7 of 8
    Halloween apps - Panik via Babble.com

    Making sure your kids feel safe during Halloween is just as important as you feeling safe letting them go out alone. The Panik app give kids' quick access to an alarm that will emit a loud noise and send out text messages, social media updates, and other alerts if they feel threatened or are in danger. Panik even uses the phone's camera to capture images and video that are shared via social media as well. The audible or silent alarm, complete with image and location-sharing and pre-configured notifications, can be quickly activated within a swipe or two on their smartphone.

     

    $1.99: iOS

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  • Child ID App by FBI 8 of 8
    Halloween apps - FBI Child ID via Babble.com

    God forbid, the absolute worst happens, you still should be equipped with information that can help the situation, especially if you are not in your right mind at the time of the incident. The Child ID App by the FBI lets you store vital information about your kids like recent photos, date of birth, height and weight, and other vial info that can quickly be shown or sent to local authorities. The app also offers tips as to what you should do within minutes, hours, or days of an emergency.

     

    Free: iOS & Android

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