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Tricks and Tools for the Best Halloween

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Halloween is a great time for DIYs—from homemade costumes to outdoor décor, cute and traditional to spooky and haunted, there are so many creative ways to have fun in October. There are also tons of fun Halloween apps that can help make your Halloween safer, more creative, and more fun. Take a look at our online tools for a Happy Halloween.

Getting into the Spirit:

Maybe Halloween is your favorite time of year, or maybe you need a little convincing to get into the spooky spirit. Either way, you can get excited for fright night by playing with fun photo filters. To spook your snaps, you can use apps like Zombify to turn yourself into a zombie. For more vamped up or ghoulish pics, try Vampify, Ghost Lens or Ghost photo maker.

More into sending cheer than fear? To get your friends and family into the Halloween mood, try the Halloween card creator to send Halloween messages to your kids or grandkids. They can also use the app to create invites and posters with you.

Decorate Your Lair:

There are multiple ways you can make your home into a Haunted Mansion or a Halloween fortress. One way to set the tone is with spooky sounds. The Halloween Spooky Soundbox app can help you scare your friends or create a haunted house that will have all of the neighborhood kids howling.

If your tastes are more cutesy than spooky, try Craftsy for fall crafts to fit the season. Don’t know where to start when it comes to carving pumpkins? Templates can help with this Halloween décor essential. Check out PumpkinGlow and Spook Master for some favorite pumpkin carving patterns and templates.  

Tricking and Treating:

If you’re looking for cool DIY costume ideas, look no further than Instructables Halloween. There, you’ll not only find ideas, but also instructions on how to make great costumes, décor, accessories and everything in between.

Everyone wants trick or treating to be as safe and fun as possible. There are multiple apps that can help ensure a safe and enjoyable night for everyone involved. Nextdoor’s Trick or Treat Map can help by identifying which houses are giving out candy, where the “Haunted Houses” are in the neighborhood and the houses your kids should leave alone. If you’re not handing out candy this year, you can mark your house as one to avoid.

To give your kids a little more space this year, but still monitor their safety, apps such as Find My Friends and Glympse allow you to track your kids’ progress through the neighborhood. With Glympse, you can even create a private group (invite-only) to keep track of all your little ghouls and goblins in a single view, even if they split up as they progress through the neighborhood. You can check in anytime, so the only scares of the night are those found in Halloween movies. When it's time to rendezvous, use groups to safely find your way back to each other.

Whether you are trick or treating with your kids or staying in for a spooky movie this year, technology can help improve your experience. From DIY how-to’s to spooky ghost photos, have a fun, safe, connected, and Happy Halloween!

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