An Epping mum is using the internet to make it easier for kids to go trick or treating.

Cate Parsons (pictured) has built an online community in which people can list their homes on a map if they are taking part in Halloween.

The mum-of-three came up with the idea after struggling to find local houses taking part in the ghoulish fun last year.

“I like to take [my kids] out trick or treating and they love the chance to dress-up, knock on doors and ask for candy and see some scary displays at the homes that are offering them,’” Ms Parsons said.

“But this presents challenges. Half of the homes you visit are unwelcoming or flat out ignore you, and much time is wasted on these.

“It brings a downer on an otherwise fun event, plus we are bothering people who want to be left out of it.”

Users can search for participating homes in their area, while participating houses can add photos or videos of their decorations.

Ms Parsons said she hoped the online community will help put the fun back into Halloween.