Using Your Home Automation System to Make this Halloween Scary-Smart
By Crystal Watts
| Posted October 15, 2013
Thanks to our newest issue of Home Smart Home, we have some pretty cool home automation tricks-and-treats to share with you this Halloween that will make your Control4 system scary-smart. Below are a few suggestions for October, but click on the image below to see ideas for November and December as well, just in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
- Use the Control4 Wireless Music Bridge to stream "Haunted House" sound effects throughout the house, or assemble your own mash-up of monster music. Search Spotify for "The Exorcist," "Psycho," and of course, John Carpenter's "Halloween."
- If your doorbell is connected to your Control4 system, replace the chime with a scream, a howl, or ominous thunderclap. Or just flash the porch lights. Since you can control just about anything that plugs in using your Control4 system, go ahead -- buy that fog machine and strobe light for the extra scare!
- Ask your Control4 dealer about the "Halloween Driver"* for Control4 systems, which transforms your home into a "Haunted Mansion" for the night, randomly flashing lights throughout your home and triggering spooky sounds. *Ask your authorized dealer to search the dealer forums for details.
- Delight the ghouls and goblins that come trick-or-treating when you program your motion-activated porch lights to flash at the same time you pipe a Halloween-themed recording through the speakers closest to your front door. MUAHAHAH!