Halloween and Technology: A Spooky Treat

When you think about Halloween you tend to think about candy, costumes, ghosts, and vampires. What you usually don’t think about is technology, but you should. Technology really can level up Halloween for you and your kids.

Are you tired of trying to find houses to trick-or-treat?
For the last few years Nextdoor has allowed its members to install an app on their phone that lets them track the houses that are celebrating Halloween in their neighborhood. Gone are the days of wandering aimlessly looking for houses that have their lights on. Instead you can download the app, open the Treat Map, and find all the houses in your neighborhood that are handing out candy.

Halloween is always more fun when you are saving money
If staying home and handing out treats is more your speed just turn to your phone or the Internet for help. Slickdeals has you covered. It can help you find the best deals on costumes, candy and Halloween decorations. You can browse the site for deals or set deal alerts that will let you know as soon as something goes on sale. There’s even iOS and Android apps to help you get to those deals as quickly as possible.

You can also save money by using Honey. No, I’m not talking about Winnie the Pooh’s favorite treat but about a slick little extension that you can install in your browser. Once Honey is installed in your Google Chrome Browser it will help you automatically find and use coupon codes, get the best prices on Amazon, earn cash back on your purchases, and find real-time deals. Nothing makes Halloween fun like saving money.

You can find more than cute cat pics on the web
The Internet is also a great place to find resources for a fun and exciting Halloween. A quick search on Pinterest will return literally thousands of results for decoration ideas, home-made costumes, fun Halloween themed desserts, and more. Pumpkin Masters is another great site to visit at Halloween. They have lots of freebies like pumpkin carving templates, desktop wallpapers, and Halloween trivia.

Lights aren’t just for Christmas anymore
This last tip for using technology to spook up your Halloween isn’t for the faint of heart but it can make for a truly memorable Halloween. The last couple of years ABC has aired a reality show called The Great Christmas Light Fight. This show pits families against one another to determine who has the best Christmas lights. But displays like this aren’t just for Christmas anymore. Companies like Light-O-Rama can help you set up a fully interactive Halloween display with lights, sound effects, music, and more. With some hard work and imagination you can turn your home into a haunted mansion that will be the most popular trick-or-treat stop for miles.

So there you have it. While you might not think it at first blush, technology can help Halloween be more fun. It can help you build the ultimate haunted mansion of your dreams or it can just help you find one to trick-or-treat.