Technology helps keep trick-or-treaters safe

This social media app, NextDoor, will trick-or-treaters locate which houses are trick-or-treating friendly (WLFI).
This social media app, NextDoor, will trick-or-treaters locate which houses are trick-or-treating friendly (WLFI).

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Halloween countdown is on, and now, you can use social media apps to help you locate which houses are trick-or-treating friendly. Mixing new technology with an old tradition could make this Halloween spook-tacular and safe.

Lafayette resident Bryan Hough said Halloween is his favorite time of year. For the past 11 years, Hough has turned his suburban home into a haunted lair.

“We’ve done pirate ships, we’ve done cemeteries,” said Hough. “We’ve done a fenced in mausoleum. We’ve done a vampire graveyard.”

This Halloween he’s putting an eerie spin on a classic.

“The Wizard of Odd. Let’s make it so that Dorothy is not the champion this time,” said Hough. “But the witch is actually the champion.”

His spooky themes are always a big hit for the neighborhood.

“A couple years ago, we used a little clicker – and we had 895 trick-or-treaters,” he said.

The house is filled with ghoulish tricks, but it’s never short on the treats.

“We usually have to go to the store and get 14-15 bags of the big bags of candy,” said Hough.

But there’s another reason Hough likes trick-or-treating.

“I think it’s one of the last safe things you can actually do,” he said.

Halloween could be even safer this year because of the social network for neighborhoods named Nextdoor. The app lets you mark your house as trick-or-treating friendly. That makes mom Jen Zac happy her little monsters will be safe during a night that’s supposed to be full of fun.

“It will be really good for safety,” said Zac. “Instead of just the walk by, and see a light on, and not really know if they’re doing candy or not.”

The “Treat Map” used on Nextdoor allows neighbors to mark their home with a candy corn to make people aware they’ll be handing out candy.

Hough can even mark his haunted house on the grid to attract more visitors.