halloween hacks

With spooky season officially underway,  it’s time to scare your neighbors and turn the tables on trick or treaters with your Halloween decorations!

Many Halloween decoration guides for home automation call for a great deal of technical smarts. Instead of that, today we have some easily actionable pointers for smartening up your Halloween decorations.

Outdoor Solutions

Upgrading your decor can be as simple as flipping a switch, plugging in your device, or even switching up your light bulb

Plug It In

Plug-ins make it easy for you to get remote or voice control with any decoration that needs to be plugged in. Use it for hard to reach decorations (things that are far up the ceiling) or schedule them to turn on at a certain time. This definitely helps if you have a party, or if you have a ton of different things on a the same type.  

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Not all decorations are motion activated. But with a motion sensor, your decor can now be hands-free. Pair it with a plug-in module to upgrade your Halloween pranks. Watch below to see how we programmed strobe lights to go off when someone approaches the door.

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Light It Up

Set the mood properly with the right lighting. Get a wild array of colors by switching your bulbs to Phillips Hue or LIFX. Add them to your decor to make your plain pumpkin come to life. The best part is these lights can work year round, use them after Halloween and for other Holidays!

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Have a virtual butler at the ready when you're throwing your party. Up the ante with the spook with ghoulish playlists. Program sound effects like screams to go off throughout the night. Bonus points if you can hide it in a pumpkin or a skull. Watch us program Alexa for "Spooky Time" 

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Watch us combine the power of Insteon and good ol' halloween props to  get one step closer to the ultimate spooky smart house

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On/Off Plug-In

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Dimmer Plug-In

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Outdoor Plug-In

Much like the On/Off and Dimmer Modules, get remote and voice control even with decorations outside of your home. Whatever lighting and displays you have out in the yard, plug them into this highly capable weatherproofed module and you’ll be free to take control using the intuitive Insteon app.  

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Not all decorations can easily be smart controlled but with a little tinkering and wiring knowledge you can use an Insteon Plug-In Low Voltage Controller to do automate a fog machine! Watch this step-by-step tutorial to see how he does it. 

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Take charge of your outdoor Halloween decorations at a distance.

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Floodlights

Deter tricksters with blinding floodlights. With the Maximus floodlight or the Ring Video floodlight you can see exactly who or what is on your property at all times. Whenever and wherever you are. Giving you peace of mind while you're out trick or treating or staying 

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Video Doorbell

Deter tricksters with blinding floodlights. With the Maximus floodlight or the Ring Video floodlight you can see exactly who or what is on your property at all times. Whenever and wherever you are. Giving you peace of mind while you're out trick or treating or staying 

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Security Kit 

Don't leave your home vulnerable while you're out enjoying the night. Secure it with a trusted system. The Ring security kit monitors your home from top to bottom with motion, and contact sensors, and it can even connect with your video doorbell and floodlight.

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Insteon Motion Sensor

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Don't just upgrade your decorations, upgrade your safety measures too. Halloween is fun but there's always a risk that things can go awry. Here are some tips and products to help keep your home safe.  

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Insteon Outdoor On/Off Module

Insteon Outdoor  Lighting Kit

Plug-In Low Voltage Controller*

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Ring Floodlight Cam

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Ring Security Kit

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LIFX Smart Bulb

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 Insteon devices can be linked together manually (for example linking an Insteon motion sensor to a a plug-in module). However, if you would like to set schedules or connect devices using the Insteon app, an Insteon Hub is required.  

Additionally, the Insteon Hub is required if you want to add voice control products from Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

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