Mwahaha, today we are going to teach you how to spookify your Ring video doorbell ready for Halloween. And when you're done, trick or treaters won't know what's hit them.
Halloween is near and you know what that means? It's time to buy sweets, pumpkins and, oh yeah, frighten the life out of your friends, family and neighbors (who, quite frankly, have done nothing but be nice to you). But, why not bring your wizardry into the 21st century with our sneaky smart tricks? Remember, you heard them here first...
1. Choose a spooky chime
If you're a seasoned Ring Video Doorbell user, you'll likely be aware that there's a whole library of chimes to pick through. Including some pretty epic Halloween specials.
We've tried out all the different Halloween chimes and aren't afraid (or maybe we are) to admit that we were jumping out of our skin... and we knew what we were letting ourselves in for! Choose from bat screeches, ghostly sounds, a howl, a scream (this one is not for the faint hearted), spooky organ music, witches cackling, creepy laughter, screeching cats (naw) or creaking doors.
2. Pick up a Halloween faceplate
This Halloween hack is pretty simple, but super effective. Plus, it's a great way to let trick or treaters know that you're a Halloween friendly home.
So, when you're picking out accessories to welcome in the Halloween holidays, consider buying a faceplate for your Ring doorbell. They're perfect if your kids are howling that they want a haunted house transformation but you don't fancy sweeping up fake cobwebs and discovering plastic spiders in your bed for the next few weeks.
These Interchangeable Face Plates have just been launched by Ring and show your commitment to the cause without freaking out your lovely neighbor who's just coming round to ask for a cup of sugar.
3. Make your outdoor lights turn orange when someone rings the doorbell
Consider Phillips Hue your official Halloween partner in crime, if you're looking to undertake a smart tech trick: linking your doorbell to your lights. Don't be scared, it's really not as hard as it sounds. Trust us, we're just learning about this all, too.
If you haven't heard of it before, Phillips Hue (we've written a review, if you're interested) is just super smart, smart-lighting system which can be controlled from your smart phone or linked to a wider smart home system.
In this case, we're suggesting you link it to your Ring Video Doorbell so that the sound of your doorbell ringing automatically illuminates your front door orange. Spooky. How, we hear you ask? Well, it's super easy to connect various smart home systems using the free platform: If This Then That (IFTTT).
If this sounds alien to you... not to worry, we discuss it in our guide: What is the Internet of Things?
4. Use a voice changer to scare visitors
This one is super silly, but that's kind of why we love it. The beauty of a video doorbell is that you can use it to communicate with visitors directly from your smart phone, using its built-in speaker system.
Day-to-day, this is perfect if you're looking for an easy way to talk to a delivery person. But, come Halloween, it provides the perfect opportunity for a whole host of mischief.
We love the idea of picking up a voice changer from Amazon – the Forum Novelties GJ346 Voice Changer and Headset Microphone comes highly recommended – to distort the sound of your voice when communicating with unsuspecting trick or treaters. The more eager you are to get into character, the better.
- Shop the Forum Novelties GJ346 Voice Changer and Headset Microphone in the UK for £9
- Shop the Forum Novelties GJ346 Voice Changer and Headset Microphone in the US for $10
5. Or just unplug everything and enjoy an undisturbed evening
Duh. Sitting in the dark, scoffing the sweets you bought for trick-or-treaters and reading Wuthering Heights is still kindddd of getting in the spirit. It's not called a holiday for nothing!