Although it is not a Hungarian holiday, celebrating Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Budapest and other parts of the country. So here are some ways to keep safe, smart and spooky with Control4.
Whether you’re gearing up get lost in scary medieval labyrinth or getting ship-faced on a Danube cruise, enjoy the festivities of Halloween with the best technology. You can easily keep an eye on your home or automate scary surprises for your neighbours.
Automate your Haunt
1. Make Some Noise
Cue up some audio to set the mood! If you have landscape speakers, fire up the spooky sounds and make all your neighbours wonder if your house is genuinely haunted. Need a playlist for your indoor audio system? Check out DJ Woods’ Halloween playlist on Spotify here. For voice assistant users, take advantage of their seasonal offerings. Tell your Google Nest speakers, “Hey Google, get spooky,” to start an hour-long playlist. Alexa users can play Halloween-themed games or ask for a scary story using your kids’ names with the scary story blueprint skill.
2. Light it Up
Nothing sets the scene like lighting, and that’s even more true for Halloween. If you have outdoor RGB LED lights, now’s the time to make them shine, with coloured displays that set the mood. Go simple with orange, purple, or green coloured displays, or talk to us for custom programming. (We’ve seen the doorbell push action used to trigger a flicker for the porch lights, but the sky’s the limit!) Phillips Hue users can explore their built-in Halloween options.
3. Safety First
Keep an eye on your exterior with home security that will alert you in case there’s teenagers getting into mischief involving smashed pumpkins, toilet paper, or airborne eggs. Rely on Mockupancy from Animative Smart Home & Control4 to simulate occupancy with your lighting, to deter intruders while you’re away bobbing for apples or chasing down the Headless Horseman. Get alerts from your phone that keep you apprised of anything happening at home while you’re out.
4. Something Wicked This Way Comes
Check to see what ghouls are on your front porch with a smart home doorbell camera like Chime. Speak directly to people to let them know you’ll be right there via two-way intercom audio, or set off lights or an alarm to warn away potential pumpkin smashers.
5. Classic Cinema
No need to let your exterior have all the spooky fun! It’s the perfect season to fire up some classic scary or seasonal movies the whole family can enjoy, from Beetlejuice to Hocus Pocus or introducing your teenagers to Michael Meyers and Chuckie. Kick back in your home cinema and relax with automation that closes the blinds, dims the lights, and turns on your tv or projector with just one tap. Never miss anyone your doorbell during the show with Chime – it can pause your movie, bring up your lights, and even show you who’s at the door on-screen!
Visit our Smart Home Showroom
Whether you want an automated haunted house like this one or just to have the scariest, smartest house on the block, Animative Smart Home & Control4 have you covered with clever ways to bring a little haunt to your home. Maybe even attend one of our monthly networking events to #C4Yourself?