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10 Ways to Make Your Smart Home Even Scarier This Halloween

Whether you've been looking for an excuse to purchase your first smart home device, or your home is already a tech lover's dream, these fun gadgets and tips will help you turn your house into the best Halloween house in the neighborhood.

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Set the Mood With Philips Hue

Turn lights on and off, dim or brighten the room, or set the scene with Philips Hue Bulbs and the app or via your chosen voice assistant. Create a custom scene like “Fright Lights,” choosing a color like Blood Moon to set the mood indoors for your Halloween party, or while you watch a spooky movie. These creepy Halloween decorations will get you in the mood for everything spooky.

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Download Ring’s Addams Family Chime Tone

Turn your smart home into a haunted home using the Ring Video Doorbell Chime. The first-ever Addams Family chime tone allows Ring users to hear the classic chime. Users can open the Ring app to download and save the file, listed under audio settings for the device you want to connect it to. It’s available through the end of November! Check out the strangest things caught by Ring doorbells.

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Tell Scary Stories With Alexa

Turn Amazon’s smart home speakers into scary story tellers this Halloween! Just say, “Alexa, tell me a spooky story,” and you’ll hear a short story voiced by an actor. They’re perfectly cheesy, making them ideal for the whole family. When the younger ears in your household are tucked into bed, pick a scarier tale using the Boo Bot skill. Enable the skill, then say, “Alexa, ask Boo Bot for a scary story.” Prepare for a reading from shortscarystories on

Plus, check out these top 10 things you shouldn’t ask Alexa.

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Create a Haunted Smart Home With Google Assistant

If you have smart lights connected to your Google Assistant, you can prompt your assistant to start an hour-long playlist of spooky sounds and music and your smart lights will flicker! Just say, “OK, Google, let’s get spooky.” Also, check out these 10 smart Google Home devices to automate your home.

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Use Philips Hue Go to Light Your Jack-o’-Lantern

You can make your smart home both spooky and safe this Halloween season with Philips Hue Go. Light up that terrifying jack-o’-lantern without the potential danger of a burning candle by using this smart light. The portable light will fit inside a large jack-o’-lantern. Here are 10 things you can do with a Jack-o-Lantern after Halloween.

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Power On Your Fog Machine With a Smart Switch

Extend your smart home capabilities outside your home by investing in an outdoor switch like the BN-LINK Smart Wi-Fi Heavy Duty Outdoor Outlet. It features a timer, countdown function and is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. Purchase a fog machine and plug it into the smart outlet. Next, purchase a motion detector and place it near the fog machine. Create a routine to turn on the outlet whenever motion is detected, and you’ll be sure to freak out anyone who passes by! Check out this list of last-minute Halloween home and yard decor.

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Spook Guests With a Musical Pumpkin

Give guests quite the scare as they step up to your porch by placing an outdoor, portable speaker inside your jack-o’-lantern. The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is a small enough speaker to fit inside a pumpkin, has 13 hours of battery life and is known for its high waterproof rating. Stream your spookiest Halloween playlist! Check out these 20 Jack-O-Lantern ideas that’ll make you wish you had a bigger porch.

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Add Spooky Spotlights to Your Yard

Dress up your yard with a flickering scene using Philips Hue outdoor spotlights. You can choose from 16 millions colors, so you can shine an eerie orange glow on that wicked witch hanging in the tree! The lights work with Alexa, HomeKit and Google Assistant, so you can use your voice to turn them on right when a trick-or-treater walks by your spooky display.

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Create a Scary Scene With a Smart Projector

Get spooked with an outdoor horror flick using the Nebula Capsule projector. Stream directly from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and more, connecting via Android OS. The smart home device will project an image up to 100 inches. You can also connect a computer to it using USB or HDMI to watch movies you own! Plus, check out these 100 products that will make your home smarter.

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Use Your Fire TV Stick for Spooky Movies

Set the scene with a spooky background movie during your Halloween bash or a scary night in, using your Fire TV. You can use the smart home device to ask Alexa to play any movies from Prime Video. Here’s more on how to turn your TV into a smart TV.

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Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website:

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