Updated on September 24th, 2016
Is your home all decked out for Halloween already? There are really simple ideas and hacks you can use to decorate your home for Halloween without having to invest a ton of time (in setup AND putting away decor). These simple hacks will spookify your home in less than 10 minutes!
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Home Hacks for Halloween
Halloween Party Playlist – First things first, turn on the tunes! You can use an already curated playlist on your favorite music app, or start your own. Thriller and Monster Mash will instantly transform the vibe in your home. Plus, it will get you pumped up for the rest of these simple home hacks!
Spooky Lighting – You can transform your home for any holiday in seconds with Philips Hue White and Ambiance lighting kit. You swap out your old bulbs for these connected home light bulbs that can display a full range of colors to change the mood of the room. Use your phone app to switch on a Halloween scene in seconds, once configured, and your colored lights flip into action. We’re loving orange for Halloween, but purple is a great color for the lights, too.
Spiderweb Greeting – Make your front door an instant greeting by spreading out inexpensive spider webbing all across the door. Hang a Halloween wreath on top (or buried beneath the webs) for a splash of color.
A Touch of Halloween – You don’t have to go overboard indoors to make your home feel like you’re ready for Halloween. Place a few cute pumpkins about or line your stove with Halloween towels. Those little touches are enough to make you feel into the holidays without investing a load of time.
Snakes in the Hand Soap – Pop a few inexpensive plastic snakes into your bathroom or kitchen hand soap dispensers. Peel off the labels and scrub off any excess glue, then twist off the top and slide the snakes on in. They add color and festivity to the bathroom with ease.
Updating to a more connected home makes it easy to add to the festive feeling in your home, no matter the holiday. We took our first big step to a connected home with the help of Best Buy. When you are planning for a connected home, you’ll need a top-of-the-line router to handle your connected devices. Netgear Nighthawk router is the perfect tool for the job.
Once you have your router set up in your home, the perfect element to add next for your connected home is Philips Hue lights. They connect using a bridge that talks to your network and allows you to control your lights from your phone while on network, or even away from the home! The Philips Hue Starter Kit includes A19 light bulbs and a Hue bridge. You can add additional lights to customize your home using the same bridge.
The Hue Go portable light holds a charge of up to 3 hours and can be moved about the home with you to add personalized, colorful lighting wherever you go around your space. You can set up the light in a main area for use, then unplug and go as the need arises. We set up our Hue Go up above our cabinets to add effect through the holiday season.
Once your Philips Hue lights are installed, which is as easy as screw in the light bulbs, you’re ready to use your lights smarter! The Philips Hue app is free to download and use and will let you customize colors, scenes, alarms and timers for your lights, and even more settings. I love that I can turn off all lights while away from the home, just in case I forgot to flip the switches before I left the door. I also have lights timed to come on in the morning so our family wakes to a warm, inviting space ready to greet the day – no stumbling around in the dark.
We love being able to completely customize our home with a few taps on an app that change the whole feel of our home. To get started with your own connected home, pick up a Netgear Nighthawk router and Philips Hue lights!