It’s that time of the year when leaves are changing, temperatures are slowly falling, and the holiday festivities are soon approaching. Whether you intend to be out trick or treating with the kids this Halloween or plan on staying back handing out candy, check out these smart home tips to help make your home the spookiest on the block.
Have a Haunting Soundtrack
Nothing is more frightening than walking up to a house with blood-curling shrieks and an eerie melody playing in the background. Play some chilling tunes by connecting a Google Home or Amazon Echo to your Halloween playlist. If you really want to scare the kids, you can take it one step further and hook up your smart devices to trigger various sounds only when trick-or-treaters knock on your door. This will surely exude sinister vibes.
Give Off the Ghostly Ambience
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a touch of mysterious fog. As easy it is to control any outdoor lights, amp up the ghoulish vibes and set up fog machines for your guests to blindly walk through. Just plug your machine into a smart outlet such as the Control4 system or Wemo Insight Switch and be ready for your trick-or-treaters to be impressed.
Set Up Your Halloween Hue
Lighting can always help set the mood for any event. Install Philips’ Hue Color-Changing Lightstrips or the LIFX Z Light Strip to spice up your home for that ominous ambience or a lively party atmosphere. You can adjust the color of your hue either manually or automatically, and even change the lighting when kids are approaching. Additionally, you can also sync up the lights to whatever music or scary film you’re playing. The color changes are entirely up to you.
Keep Safe from Unwanted Guests
Halloween is meant for harmless mischief and pranks; however there are always those who can take it too far. In order to keep you and your family safe, install a smart doorbell and/or smart camera such as Ring to help differentiate between actual trick-or-treaters and ding dong ditchers. A smart camera can also help you keep an eye on your front yard for tee-peeing teenagers. Although this holiday is filled with villains and monsters, make sure to not fall for such devilish tricks.
So, ditch the old school decorations and integrate smart home devices to show off your Halloween spirit. With the touch of a few buttons, your home can become the official Halloweentown central.
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