Parents can use apps to track trick-or-treaters

Halloween coming Monday
Posted at 9:15 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 21:15:19-04

The kids from Genesis pre-school in New Port Richey are ready for Halloween.

They spent Friday morning entertaining some patients at a nearby rehab center.

The performance is just a warm up before Monday night’s trick or treating.

“Everybody is very excited in my house,” said mother of three Nicole Misemer.

Mimeses said her teenage daughter asked about trick-or-treating with friends instead of parents.

But it’s not going to happen just yet.

“It’s not on my radar for this year,” she said.

When parents do let their kids venture out without them, there are dozens of smart phone apps to keep track of them.

Family locator is one free app that tracks where the phone is.

Life 360 and Glympse are also free.

Most have maps.

On footprints you can set up a predetermined route.

And if your child leaves that route, you’ll be notified.

Family Signal costs about $5 a month and along with maps it even has a panic button.

Many parents like Nicole already use Find My iPhone to see where their children are.

“Just occasionally, sporadically, I’ll pop on to make sure somebody is where they say they are,” said Misemer.

These days, many parents are reluctant to ever let their kids trick-or-treat without them.

“I just don’t really trust anybody with my son. He’s my baby,” said parent Mary McCarthy.

Meanwhile the kids from Genesis are a big pre-Halloween hit.

They are rewarded with some early treats, before the big bounty in just a few days.