Sweet! App candy map a Halloween score

App-arenda! Every wizard needs technology and treats.
By Mary Papenfuss  |  Oct. 31, 2014 at 12:25 AM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Which witch is hi-tech? Depends on who has the candy app. Just in time for sugar face-stuffing night comes a sweet update to Nextdoor, a neighborhood-connecting social network. Its mapping feature can help interested users (parents with goblins) plot out the tastiest trick-or-treating routes near their homes.

The maps rely on other users providing information about whether they plan to hand out candy (marked by a candy corn) or set up a haunted house or some other chilling thrill (shown by a spooky house).

"We're taking the guesswork out of Halloween," boasted the company website.

Nextdoor, available for iOS, Android and on the Internet, requires users to verify their addresses so that the Treat Map can only be viewed by others who live in the area — so Halloween lovers won't be passing out treats to the whole world and can avoid the dreaded "carpetbagger kids" who descend far from home to gobble up as many goodies as possible. But basic city-wide "heat maps" will also show generally where the treats tend to be concentrated.

Maps are available for 20 cities around the country, including Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle.

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