Create your own smart haunted house this Halloween


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Halloween is quickly approaching, which means that it’s time to break out the decorations and horror flick marathons. While spiderwebs, pumpkins and costumes are great ways to decorate your home for the night of fright, these five types of smart gadgets can turn it into a true house of horrors.

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1. Lighting

Nothing says “spooky” like dark and decorative lighting. Try installing some Philips dimmable color light strips to amp up the scary. You can choose from 16 million colors — including purple, orange and red — all of which can be controlled with timers, smart controls and verbal commands. Don’t forget to purchase some individual smart lights to take your jack-o’-lanterns to the next level. These lights are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and other smart home programs. 


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2. Fog

It doesn’t feel like Halloween without some fog seeping out of the woodwork. A wireless fog machine is a great way to give your home a ghostly appearance. There are hundreds of great fog machines to choose from, but the Antari WiFi 800 allows you to control your fog with a smartphone. It’s compatible with both iPhones and Android devices.

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3. Amazon Alexa

Move over, Igor — Alexa is the ultimate Halloween sidekick. She can play creepy sounds and help you create the scariest atmosphere yet. Alexa’s skills have been upgraded to play pranks on house guests, provide fun facts and games, emit spooky screams, tell ghost stories and even help you pick the perfect Halloween costume.

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4. Sound effects

Halloween is all about expecting the unexpected. With the Philips Hue Motion Sensor, you can sync your Philips lights, Alexa and other devices to set off a startling show for trick-or-treaters. You can use this setup to time lights, sounds and other effects as needed, even if you’re not home.

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5. Projectors

Wireless projectors like the Ebox Air Mini Projector are great for adding interactivity to your haunted house. You can use the device to project moving graphics, such as howling ghosts, anywhere in your home. Users can even set these projections to play in windows to scare passers by.

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