7 Tips and Tricks for a High-Tech Halloween

Applications, websites and gadgets to help you scare up some fun.

ByABC News
October 27, 2010, 5:11 PM

Oct. 28, 2010— -- There's no shame in doing the old fashioned thing for Halloween.

Ghost costumes cut from white sheets, jack-o-lanterns carved from farm-fresh pumpkins and bobbing for apples will likely never go out of style.

But if you want to throw a high-tech twist into the hijinks-filled holiday, a ghoulish gamut of iPad and iPhone applications, websites and gadgets are ready to help you and your family scare up some fun.

From ways to keep track of your favorite trick or treaters to mess-less pumpkin carving and more, here are a few tips for a high-tech Halloween.

Still scratching your head over this year's Halloween costume? A handful of iPhone applications want to help you get creative.

The Halloween Costume Generator, by Synthetic Bits LLC, launched last year but is back this year -- and with an even better price. For 99 cents (down from $1.99) the application helps you choose a costume from more than 200 possibilities.

Just enter your gender, the kind of party you plan to attend and your mood, and the app generates a list of suggestions, along with a set of do-it-yourself directions.

The ideas run from pop culture icons, such as American Idols and Golden Girls, to more typical Halloween fare, like zombie brides and mimes.

If you're choosing a costume for your child, check out the Pottery Barn Kids Costume Finder. The app lets you upload a picture of child and then get a sneak peak of how your kid will look in any of their costumes. Though the application is free, the costumes are not.

After Halloween, Liz Gumbinner, publisher and editor-in-chief of Cool Mom Tech and Cool Mom Picks, suggested using technology again to give your kids' costumes new life.

"Your one-year-old will be into Elmo this year and by next year, they'll be on to Dora the Explorer," she said.

But instead of letting costumes collect dust in the closet, she suggested trading with other parents on sites like thredup.com and swapmamas.com.

Both sites let parents give away clothes and other items their kids have outgrown and get items they like for their own families.

Swap sites are becoming big draws for parents, Gumbinner said, and Halloween is a great time to check them out.