I did a quick search and, finding little, I decided to start a thread on this. What ideas do you have to automate your home for Halloween?
I’m having a party this year, and probably handing out candy as well, so I’ve got some automating to do. Back in the X10 days, I used the following hardware to achieve a great effect:
- motion detector
- appliance module
- power strip
- MP3 player
- computer speakers, turned way up
- strobe light
I ran the MP3 player on a loop with screaming sound effects. The motion detector was set up to detect someone approaching the front door. I plugged the computer speakers and the strobe light into the power strip. The appliance module powered the power strip. It was set to turn on with motion, and then back off after a short delay. All of this was inside a room facing the front door, with the window cracked and a human-ish silhouette inside the window.
When someone approached the front door, the speakers & strobe would go off, with screaming SFX & lights. The strobe sat in the dark room behind the silhouette. It worked out pretty well.
This year, I want to do the same, but add a fog machine. It appears that I could use a universal module to fire off this fog machine by wiring it into the remote. I assume it’s just a contact close to fire fog, with the machine on & warmed up. I’ll probably put the strobe and sound effects in the garage, so the lights come through the windows. Cheap glow lights scattered in the bushes should give off a decent green glow.
So… what are your plans?