Spooky Smart Home Halloween Tips
With spooky season officially underway, it’s time to scare your neighbors and turn the tables on trick or treaters with your Halloween decorations!
7 Spooky Ways To Smarten Up Your Halloween Decorations
- Use an Smart Outdoor Plugs To Smarten Up Control
- Make Your Jack-o-Lantern Scarier with Smart Lights
- Put Your Smart Speaker to Work
- Stay Connected with Your Video Doorbell
- Get Digital Decorations
- Highlight Larger Decorations with Spotlights
- Motion-Detected Smoke Machine
1. Use an Outdoor Smart Plugs To Smarten Up Control
One of the most effective tricks at your disposal this Halloween is more simple than you might imagine.
Using an outdoor smart outlet is a wonderful way to take charge of your outdoor Halloween decorations at a distance.
Whatever lighting and displays you have out in the yard, plug them into this highly capable weatherproofed module and you’ll be free to take control using an intuitive app.
Take charge of your lighting and appliances, even if you’re not at home. Throw in a smart speaker and you’ll also enjoy getting those Halloween decorations ablaze using nothing but voice commands. Both Google Assistant and Alexa are supported.
Whether you want to schedule your lights to come on and off at dawn and dusk or you want to step in and take the helm manually, this module makes everything easy.
The great thing about choosing this route is that you’ll need no experience with home automation to get things rocking in time for Halloween.
2. Make Your Jack-o-Lantern Scarier with Smart Lights
Standard procedure with a jack-o-lantern is to pop in a tea light which can be a bit difficult to light up from the top. There’s then the issue of whether or not the candle will kick out enough light to get the effects you’re striving for.
The first way you can improve your decoration is to cut out your opening from the bottom instead of the top. Not only will you have more room for maneuver, but you’ll also be placing your pumpkin onto your light source rather than vice versa.
How can you make your Halloween decorations even better?
Ditch the candle completely and opt for a smart lights, which are wireless and completely portable. You’ll get up to three hours of use on a single charge which should be enough to get the party started.
Sixteen million colors and an array of white shades give you enough scope to get your jack-o-lantern looking lively. Throw in a smart speaker and voice commands and you’ll have your kids enraptured as you command your pumpkin from a distance.
Whether you want to create custom party scenes to automate things completely or to tweak things in-app, treat yourself this Halloween and your kids will be wowed.
3. Put Your Smart Speaker to Work
Are you thinking of holding a party this Halloween?
If so, you can use wireless speakers stashed throughout the house to help make your spooky playlist and sound effects even spookier. You can also hide a speaker outside to give trick or treaters more than they bargained for. See how many are still sticking around at the door once you belt out some scary sound effects and haunting music.
If you have Alexa in the house, why not opt for a Halloween playlist? 32 songs across a range of genres will serve up something for everyone.
If you prefer raw sound effects, Spotify wins at Halloween playlists with this Spooky Sounds album.
Building out Halloween-specific scenes is super-simple if you have a string of smart devices and a hub in place. Create the scenes you want and then bark a single command at Alexa to get things going.
If you’re stuck for ideas when it comes to costumes or even Halloween decorations, just ask your trusty virtual butler for some creative input and you’ll be hustling down to the costume store with renewed vigor.
4. Stay Connected with Your Video Doorbell
If you’ve already invested in a smart video doorbell, you can guarantee it will get plenty of action over the Halloween season. How can you make things even more fun?
By linking your smart lights to your video doorbell, you can bathe callers in a sea of orange light when they come to your door. You’ll also be able to add in some haunting music to give your callers a fright. This will definitely take your Halloween decorations up a notch.
You might find it useful to tweak the sensitivity settings on your doorbell to prevent constant false alerts over the busy holiday season.