Dorinda Medley wants to make your home nice and spooky this Halloween

Step inside the infamous Blue Stone Manor, and see how Dorinda Medley is leveling up her décor — with smart home tech from Amazon.

Dorinda Medley Halloween decorations from Amazon
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Yes, Dorinda Medley is known for making it nice! And, this Halloween she's showing us how to follow her lead and make our Halloween nice and spooky. 

Swinging open her creaky doors, Medley invited Real Homes into her iconic Blue Stone Manor. Located in the Berkshire neighborhood of Massachuttes, the former Real Housewives of New York City starlet explained how she's leveling up her Halloween décor — using the best smart tech, all exclusively from Amazon. 

Dorinda Medley's five tips for Halloween decorating

Filled with items that are sure to spook, entertain, and surprise visitors — here are her top five tips for Halloween decorations and all the Amazon items you will need to follow her lead. 

1. Make a spooky impression

"Decorating starts with the entryway—it’s the first impression for guests and of course, it’s where you greet trick-or-treaters, so consider how you’re setting the tone.  This year, I created a festive Halloween scene with a variety of pumpkins and florals, with creepy accents."

Amazon Dorinda Medley halloween doorbell

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"I also gave my Ring Doorbell a makeover with a festive seasonal faceplate and set up a “scream” tone [...] to spook and scare."

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Ring Video Doorbell 4

Ring Video Doorbell 4 for $199, at Amazon

With this 1080p HD video doorbell,  you'll be able to control night vision, real-time motion alerts, and color pre-roll video previews. 

Ring Chime

Ring Chime for $29, at Amazon

Chose from a handful of ring chimes to select which one you'll hear every time your door detects motion or has someone at it. 

2. Go big with life-size animatronics and dramatic details

"I love over-the-top decor like larger-than-life animatronics, humanlike characters, and glowing pumpkins. At my house, I have a life-size dragon, skeleton, zombie, clown—the list goes on. And now, my electronic decor is connected with Amazon Smart Plugs, so I can just ask Alexa to turn them on."

Dorinda Medley Halloween smart plug

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"Halloween is a time to go all out, and let’s face it, I want you to be scared."

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Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon Smart Plug for $24.99, at Amazon

Simple to use and easy to set up, this Amazon smart plug schedules lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off or control them when you’re away.

Jack-O-Lantern and White Ghost with Witch Hat

Jack-O-Lantern and White Ghost with Witch Hat for $27.99, at Amazon

Decorate homes with these pumpkin and white ghosts with witch-hats inflatables. With 40 LED lights, they measure 27.5-inches high and are perfect for indoor and outdoor-wise. 

3. Mix old & new décor

" I love to mix unique vintage pieces from local shops with new finds from Amazon. Since Blue Stone Manor was built in 1902, I have vintage pieces that match the bones of the house with some modern touches that make the old new, and the new scary"

Dorinda Medley halloween door

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"Everyone knows that I love a themed dinner table, and my Halloween table includes glassware and decor fit for Dracula—that’s the theme this year for Blue Stone Manor."

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Pack of 2 Bloody Print Curtains

Pack of 2 Bloody Print Curtains for $18.99, at Amazon

This pack of two curtains features long gauze with realistic blood spots and blood splatters that make it impossible for visitors to miss this spooky style. 

4. Layer in spooky lighting

Lighting sets the scene and makes you feel like you’re in a real haunted house, [and, she creates that both] on my dining room table and throughout the house. 

Dorinda Medley halloween decor

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"I mix different styles of candles, candelabras, and smart lighting to create a spooky ambiance."

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Halloween Spider Web Lights

Halloween Spider Web Lights Decoration l Was $29.99, Now $14.99, at Amazon

This classic 3.25-inch spider web features 70 black and orange lights that provide three kinds of lighting modes. 

5. Create an Insta-worthy photo moment

"And of course, what would Halloween be without a Halloween costume? When decorating, imagine a great photo moment in your favorite Halloween costume and decorate accordingly. I love taking photos near my floral-dressed mannequin, or simply decking out the mantel with pumpkins and ghosts."

Dorinda Medley halloween decorations

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"Black and white decor also help create the perfect dramatic setup for a photo."

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4.9Ft Halloween Hanging Ghost Decorations

4.9Ft Halloween Hanging Ghost Decorations for $19.99, at Amazon

This Halloween ghost features a voice-activated and any touch control. It activates by any sounds such as clapping, walking, talking, or kids screaming: to make the horrible laughter and red twinkle eyes.

6. Ask Alexa for some fun Halloween surprises to entertain your guests

" I love my new Echo Show 10 and have been testing out Halloween-themed utterances in preparation for my Halloween dinner party, like “Alexa, play Spooky Halloween Sounds” and “Alexa, tell me a zombie joke.”

Dorinda Medley shows Amazon Echo

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" I also use it to find inspiration for new recipes, like my annual Halloween punch."

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Echo Show 10

Echo Show 10 for $249.99, at Amazon

This 10.1" HD Echo features a screen built to move with you. From any video calls to recipes and even shows, everything and anything is always in view. Plus, the speakers deliver premium, directional sound.

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano is Future's U.S. Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @ItsBrittanyRomano.