Halloween is just around the corner. Soon, ghosts and ghouls of every age will be prowling your neighborhood in search of candy and frights — and what better way to mark the occasion than decorating your home with all kinds of spooky accessories?
Today’s technology opens the doors for some truly spooky decorations, so the kids who come knocking for candy can find more thrills and chills this year than ever before.
You don’t need a “ghost in the machine” to make your high-tech house haunted — try these gadgets on for size instead. Here are our top 4 picks for the best Halloween tech on the web.
Make your smart doorbell scarier
A smart doorbell is a great way to make an impression on visitors this holiday season. Trick-or-treaters have to ring the bell to get their treats, and Amazon’s Ring Video Doorbell now offers a selection of fun Halloween options to entertain your visitors. Tap or click here to learn more about Ring.
Equip your Ring with a spooky tune like the Addams Family theme, or clip on a festive Halloween faceplate so your doorbell is decorated too. Click or tap here to see Ring’s selection of Halloween faceplates.
And if you have a Nest Hello video doorbell instead of a Ring, don’t worry, Google has you covered. Pick from scary Halloween sound effects for your bell like the cackle of a witch or the wail of a ghost — or set them for visitor announcements from your smart home hub. Click or tap here to see how to optimize your Google Nest system for Halloween.
Haunt your home
Projectors have long been used for ghost effects in Hollywood, but their price and setup was prohibitive for most amateur decorators. Now, this tech is cheaper than ever and companies like AtmosFX offer high definition video and screens to project realistic ghosts on your windows and walls. All three products combine to create spooky illusions your guests and visitors won’t soon forget.
Up the dread
No graveyard or haunted house is complete without rolling fog that obscures what hides in the shadows. But fog machines aren’t just for movie studios anymore. Now, you can pick up this machine and fog fluid for your home that’s easy to set up and use. For extra fun, try aiming your projector at the fog for scary 3D ghost effects.
Ignite the evening
No, they aren’t a fire hazard. These LED flame lights are sure to spark up conversation. Using rotating light effects, the bulbs put out a realistic looking flame that instantly transforms any ordinary light into a flame-powered lamp. It’s perfect for adding a Gothic twist to your creepy home decorations. Plus, the fog effects will reflect the “candlelight” for extra eeriness.