Halloween night is just a few weeks away—are you ready to turn your house into the scariest one on the block? With smart home technology from Z-Wave, you can add ghoulish lighting and spooky effects that are sure to thrill every trick-or-treater who rings the doorbell. Here’s how to turn your home into a haunted house with smart home tech:
1. Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters
If you're hosting a fun Halloween party at home, it can be easy to lose track of all the trick-or-treaters coming to your door. But with a smart doorbell, you can keep an eye on who's showing up on your porch right from your smartphone.
A smart doorbell, such as the Ring Video Doorbell Elite, allows you to see, hear, and speak with your visitors at the door in 1080 HD--even at nighttime. Programmed the music to Thriller a little too loud? Your smart doorbell with Z-Wave technology will send a live video alert to your smartphone as trick-or-treaters approach your door, so you can be ready to hand out treats even if you miss the sound of the doorbell.
2. Set the mood with a smart speaker
While the night's still early and you're waiting for the first trick-or-treaters to show up, get your home Halloween-ready with a spooky, seasonal playlist. If you’re running out of ideas after Thriller ends, just tell your Amazon Echo to queue up a Halloween playlist.
If you want to make your home feel a little less like a Monster Bash and more like an old-fashioned ghost town, trying telling Amazon's Alexa to read aloud a classic ghost story from Audible.com, like Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven or The Tell-Tale Heart.
3. Add a ghoulish flair with smart lighting
Turn your living room into a true haunted house with decorative, colored lighting that's smart enough to scare even the spookiest witch in the neighborhood.
Try the Monoprice Z-Wave Plus RGB Smart Bulb, which can light up in 16 million different colors, so you can make your house glow in any shade, from eerie red, to festive purple, to traditional orange. Outside your house, string up the Aeotec Z-Wave LED Strip for Brightening and Atmosphere, so you can light the way for trick-or-treaters heading to your front door.
4. Up the scare factor with smart sensors
Filling your home with spooky red or purple lighting is one way to bring the Halloween spirit to your neighborhood, but to make your home the scariest spot on block, take your decorations to the next level with smart motion sensors and smart door sensors.
First, connect a smart motion sensor or a smart door sensor to your Z-Wave smart home network. Then, you can program the sensor(s) to work with smart lighting, smart speakers, or other smart devices with Z-Wave technology. This way, when trick-or-treaters walk by or open and/or close a door, your smart lights can flash on or off, and your smart speaker can start playing scary Halloween sound effects. To get really creative, try connecting your motion or door sensor to a smart plug that's hooked up to a fog machine: Every time someone walks by or closes the door, they'll be caught in a ghoulish whirl of fog.
It's time to go beyond the traditional jack-o-lanterns. When you start setting up your haunted house this Halloween, use your smart home technology to create spooky surprises that will thrill every trick-or-treater who comes to your door.
Browse more smart tech for the season here from Z-Wave.