Apps for Halloween safety (and fun, too!)

Whether you’re a parent who wants to make sure her children are safe trick-or-treating, or a teen who is looking for some spooky fun, there are apps for just about everyone this Halloween.

Life360

Free for iPhone and Android

Keep track of your trick-or-treaters this Halloween with this location-sharing app — you can even use it after Halloween has passed! Have the important people in your life download Life360. Then, you can see where everyone is at any point during the day. You can create “circles” within the app so that you only share your location with who you want to. You can also get automatic notifications when people in your “circles” arrive at favorite places (like work or home.) You can also message each other for free within the app.

You can also upgrade this app. For $5 a month or $50 a year, you get 24/7 access to a real person in case of an emergency and instant roadside assistance.

Sex Offender Search

Free for iPhone

Made by the creators of Life360, Sex Offender Search might be useful to use while out trick-or-treating with your children. Using the most up-to-date information from the National Sex Offender Registry, this app uses your phone’s GPS to show you if there are registered sex offenders nearby.

Ghost Cam+

99 cents for iPhone and Android

Make your photos more ghoulish this Halloween with Ghost Cam+. Add ghosts, spooky filters and fonts to your photos and share them via email, on Facebook and Twitter. BONUS: You can add a screaming ghost to pop up out of the photo. Set the timer for when you want the screaming ghost to appear, then hand your phone to your friend. BOO!

Also, if you want to buy this app, do it now. It’s on sale for 99 cents but is usually $2.99.

Create a Monster HD

99 cents for iPad

OK — this one’s for the kids. Let your children’s imaginations run wild with this app — they can create portraits of monsters using a variety of features. These monster portraits are also shareable via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Some of the monsters could be too scary for little ones. Common Sense Media recommends this app for ages 4 and up.

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