Nextdoor app shows trick-or-treaters who is handing out candy



Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Neighborhoods in Spokane will have a new tool for trick or treating this Halloween.

The Nextdoor app is a social networking site just for neighborhoods. The app is meant to help families figure out the best route for picking up candy.

You can post about events, ask for help or report crimes on the app. You have to prove you live in the area to use it. The most recent feature is to see who is handing out candy on Halloween.

"So the people in the neighborhood can see, OK this house is giving stuff out,” said app user Craig Walter.

Neighbors in Corbin Park said it is nice to use the app in a way that is not all about safety.

“It's just nice to have the ability do something fun with it,” said Walter.

Walter and his family have stocked up 1,600 pieces of candy. There were 1,500 kids that came through their neighborhood in 2012. This is the family’s first Halloween using the new app and they said it could be a resource if there are any crimes.

"If something happened, you know, that was really critical on Halloween night, there was an accident or kids were stealing candy, they could post something on it and we'd hear about it real quick,” said Walter.

Corbin Park has 160 members using the Nextdoor app. That is about a quarter of the homes.

"Sometimes when you roll that stuff out, it takes a little time to take effect,” said Walter.

The Garland and Logan neighborhoods have also joined the Nextdoor app.