Halloween is one of the most appropriate times for grown adults to act like children. So in the spirit of the spookiest holiday, here are a few ways your smart home can participate in the festivities. The best news...most of these ideas work great for any holiday.
It is not at all uncommon to see people replacing their exterior lights with festive colored bulbs. But if you don't want to store and replace light bulbs year round, consider smart RGB lights that you can adjust at the touch of a button. Savant Lighting and Phillips Hue both allow you to choose any color from a simple app and apply it to your lights, along with dimming levels. Want a spooky halloween feel with dramatic orange lighting? Easy. Bright and merry red and green lights to celebrate Christmas? No problem. What about celebrating your alma mater after a big win? Done. All without touching a ladder or getting covered in spiderwebs.
If you really want to get into the spirit, consider playing a Halloween playlist, or even creepy sounds, over your home music system. To take it a step further, add some smart bulbs in your entryway and a fog machine to surprise trick-or-treaters when you open the door. If you have a wireless music system like Sonos you could even move a speaker to the front yard to greet guests as they arrive.
Eye on the Candy
If you are more worried about your own safety on Halloween, consider using a doorbell camera like Doorbird or Ring, so you can see who is at the door. With the camera systems that we sell at Audio Video Innovations, we can easily display the image from your front yard on your TV, so you can monitor the ghouls and goblins from the comfort of your sofa. If you decide just to leave the bowl unattended this will also allow you to see who took more than one candy bar, even though they were definitely old enough to read the sign...
No One's Home
If your exterior lights are on a traditional timer or photocell, and you won't be home for Halloween, you may end up with a lot of disappointed neighbors. With a smart home system you could easily turn off your porch lights and close your shades from your vacation, your office or your Halloween party. (Works equally well if you just want to pretend you aren't home.)
Let us know if you have any great ideas for using technology to celebrate (or skip out on) Halloween!