It’s almost our favorite holiday of the year at the Life360 office: Halloween! From costumes to candy and pumpkin spiced lattes to spooky decorations, we pull out all the stops.
We know how fun this time of year can be, but we also know the worries that come from letting your family have their freedom to trick-or-treat, party, and gorge on candy.
To give you peace of mind this October, we’ve put together a few ways to stay safe on Halloween using Life360, as well as some general safety tips every parent should know.
Map A Trick-Or-Treat Zone
Map a trick-or- treat route with the family. Create a Place Alert for this area so you will get a notification if your children step outside of the zone and into unknown territory. To set up your trick-or-treat Place:
- From the menu, hit ‘Places’
- In the Places screen, hit ‘Add’ in the top right corner
- Name your Place ‘Trick-or-Treat Zone’
- Enter an address or move the map below to the desired zone
- Slide the bar at the bottom to make the area smaller or larger, depending on your family’s route
- Save the Place
- On the next screen, make sure you turn on notifications for this Place
- Click here to try adding a Place alert here
Halloween Party Arrival Alerts
Know your children have arrived safely at a party with Life360’s Driving feature. Driving events, like top speed, are listed in the app whether it is your teen driving or they are riding with a friend. To view Driving Behavior:
- From the map, click on a Circle member’s picture
- Click on a ‘Drive’ to view details
- You can see the time, location and distance of the drive, as well as the Top Speed reached during the drive
- You can also turn on Driving Alerts by taping Driving under the menu. By toggling alerts on, you can receive an alert after each drive to monitor top speed, phone usage and other driving events.
- Click here to turn on Driving Alerts
Check Battery Levels
Make sure your teen leaves home with a fully charged mobile phone! Life360 shows battery levels on Circle members, so nudge your family to charge up when they’re running low on juice. Being available in case of emergency is important. To view a Circle member’s battery level: From the map, look to the right of a Circle member’s name for their battery percentage
Make Sure Your Trick-Or-Treat Route Is Safe By Checking Crime Alerts
It’s always a good idea to pre-plan your trick-or-treat route so you can make sure you know where you’re family is going, and not run into any unexpected bumps in the night. Keep your family safe by knowing about areas high in crime with easy-to-find hotspots on our map. Click each dot to view details of theft, burglary, vandalism, and registered sex offenders in your neighborhood. *Note, this is a US, Premium feature only.
Other Important Safety Tips
- Remind your child of everyday safety tips like looking left and right before crossing the street.
- Kids should stay on sidewalks at all times. Taking shortcuts through yards or on streets can lead to accidents.
- Establish a pre-planned route (and curfew if you have teens without supervision).
- Use reflective tape on costumes to make your child easy to see in the dark.
- Give your child a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Tell your child to go only to homes with outside lights on.
- Make sure your child carries their phone and has Life360 set up!