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TOPIC: Really? A Trick or Treating App?

Really? A Trick or Treating App? 01 Nov 2015 12:12 #8292

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Last week while listening to radio, the morning hosts of 100.3 The Sound mentioned a Halloween App that Target has launched called Treatser. Treatser is a trick-or-treating app that helps you locate the best routes in your neighborhood, and nearby neighborhoods, that pass out the best candy and have scariest décor.

The app works quite simply. The mobile site tracks the votes made by existing users on house they’ve been to by marking them on a map with a pumpkin “treat” pin. The pumpkin pin grows with every positive vote it gets. So, when you open your app and see all those big pumpkins, those are the houses to go to.

I had mixed feeling about this app when I heard about it. The whole point of trick-or-treating is about the candy I agree, but as a kid, I always enjoyed emptying out my bag at the end of the night and trading candy with my friends. This app takes the fun away. It’s not as exciting if you already know what to expect. Another negative thought that came to mind was “oh great, another thing to keep us staring at our phones”. How are you going to check out passerby’s costumes or see the scary decorations on houses if you’re constantly staring at your phone?

Here is a link to the article on the Target app: corporate.target.com/article/2015/10/treatster-halloween-how-to
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Really? A Trick or Treating App? 01 Nov 2015 15:18 #8295

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Nowadays it feels like tasks that were once part of the normal routine are done via the internet or on your phone. This app sounds really cool, but at the same time you definitely lose some of that traditional Halloween feel by succumbing to it. That being said this may the Halloween future generations have to look forward to. If this continues its possible that neighborhoods with fewer decorations or candy may be overlooked. In any regard, Halloween will continue to be a holiday filled with candy and good scares to be had by all.
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Really? A Trick or Treating App? 01 Nov 2015 15:59 #8302

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Ben, while I do agree with you that it may be a little silly to have an app about which houses have the best treats out there. I can also say that if I would have read your post sooner I would have definitely used such an app; I will tell you why. I am not a big trick or treat-er, never have been; but, I moved from Virginia in July and I have a son that I want to enjoy all the little fun things little children like to do. For example, getting candy and dressing up. But unfortunately this year we didn't hit many homes because now I know that the area I live in wasn't really into the spirit. Needless to say, my husband didn't want take stroller nor our car and we ended up walking block after block with zero luck of a house. Don't worry, eventually we did see a few houses giving out candy, but let me tell you if I would've known about the app I would have checked it out for a good neighborhood and head there to trick or treat. I do agree with you that many people might end up getting consumed by their phones and completely missing the point of why people trick or treat. But for a mommy like myself that doesn't know the area the app would have saved me lots of walking with a toddler and we might have seen more than just five homes giving out candy. lol!
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Really? A Trick or Treating App? 01 Nov 2015 16:02 #8303

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****Brittaney****
I just noticed that I typed the wrong name to who I was replying to. This is a big whoops!!!!!!
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Really? A Trick or Treating App? 01 Nov 2015 16:43 #8305

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I think this app could actually be quite useful. The neighborhood that I lived in till I was 10 had always been huge on Halloween. The area had a lot of movie prop/costume/set makers since it was very close to Sony Studios, so people liked to really go all out on their houses. The neighborhood that I moved to after though, not so much. Most of the candy route had been made up of empty bowls with signs that wrote "please take one." Over the years we learned which houses to avoid and the best streets to go on, but having an app like that just for reference would have been really helpful in the beginning.
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Really? A Trick or Treating App? 01 Nov 2015 20:22 #8323

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I agree with your opinion on this app. I mean lately there have been many technological advances that are suppose to make our lives a bit easier and i bet the people who made that app thought that it would be a hit and convenient to others, however that app i did not like either. In fact it does take away the tradition i also had as a child and it takes the excitement away i remember coming home after Halloween,. I believe that there should be some limit to where we don't need to be associated with our phones . Soon this world will become a world were people can not hold a conversation face to face it would just become awkward.
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