Automate your Halloween thrills with these smart home accessories

The best smart home Halloween decorations are an excellent way to manage outdoor decor with app controls or automation, and they enhance the ambiance indoors. Whether you want colorful lighting, or if you're going to use motion sensors to turn on a smart plug powering an inflatable, these accessories can do it all. Here's our guide to the best smart home Halloween decorations you can buy for your spooky abode this fall.

Indoor festivities

Wemo Mini Smart Plug

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This affordable smart plug works with Apple HomeKit and Siri, as well as Google Assistant and Alexa. Connect it to appliances and other HomeKit devices to automate your own homemade Halloween special effects. The best part, though, is that the Wemo Mini is incredibly slim so that you can fit two into the same outlet for even more Halloween fun.

$18 at Amazon$30 at Best Buy$34 at Walmart

Outdoor decor

Meross Outdoor Smart WiFi Plug

The Meross Outdoor Smart WiFi Plug is perfect for outdoor decorations as it features two independently controlled smart outlets in one. This smart plug is weather resistant with an IP44 rating, meaning you can leave it outside on Halloween night and even use it for the winter holidays. Smart home connectivity works with the Meross app, HomeKit, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.

$31 at Amazon$25 at Newegg

A colorful Halloween

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance 2-Pack

Philips Hue is one of the top names in smart bulbs, and these are great for setting an atmosphere. Light the path to your front door with oranges and greens, or light up your door in a chilling, atmospheric blood-red. This two-pack includes the latest bulbs with Bluetooth and Zigbee capabilities, so you can get up and running without a hub in minutes and expand later for additional control.

$90 at Amazon$90 at Best Buy$90 at Walmart

Smart smoke

VOCOlinc Smart WiFi Aroma Diffuser

VOCOlinc's Smart WiFi Aroma Diffuser makes an excellent smoke machine with adjustable levels and colorful lighting that works with an app or voice controls through Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit. Plus, since it is a diffuser, you can use your favorite essential oils to add to the ambiance.

$55 at Amazon

Keep an eye out

Logitech Circle View

Halloween is a time of fun, frights, and candy, but it's also a time of mischief and pranks. Keep an eye on your home with the Logitech Circle View. Using this, you can catch any pranksters in the act or deter them from going for 'trick' instead of 'treat.'

$160 at Amazon$160 at Apple$160 at Logitech

Wall of color

Nanoleaf Canvas Starter Kit

Nanoleaf's light panels offer customizable lighting for your home, are especially great for Halloween parties. The panels have touch controls, and they react to music with bursts of colorful light. The modular design lets you create shapes like pumpkins or ghosts, and they are compatible with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.

$200 at Amazon$269 at Walmart

Put everything in motion

Eve Motion Sensor

Trigger some scares this Halloween using the Eve Motion Sensor. Instead of manually activating a decoration, like a light show or fog machine, automatically trigger them when people trip the sensor. It runs on two replaceable batteries and works both indoors and out with Apple's HomeKit.

$49 at Amazon$49 at Best Buy$50 at Walmart

Everything in range

Eve Extend

If you use any Eve accessories like the motion sensor this Halloween, make sure they're all in range of your Wi-Fi network with the Eve Extend. The Extend uses Bluetooth to ensure that your Eve products remain connected to your home network or smartphone, so everything keeps running no matter where you put it.

$48 at Amazon$50 at Best Buy

Forget the candle

Philips Hue Go

The Hue Go is great if you need a portable, battery-powered outdoor light. Here's something fun you can do with the Go this Halloween. If you have a reasonably sizable pumpkin, put the Go in it, and change the lighting remotely. It doesn't need constant power, so you don't need to make that accommodation with your festive gourd.

$148 at Amazon$80 at Best Buy

Trick or treat

With Halloween approaching, there are tons of ways that you can add the smarts to make this year's festivities even more special. If you're thinking about adding home automation accessories to your Halloween setup, you're going to want a smart plug, and the Wemo Mini Smart Plug is one of the best around. It brings intelligence and automation capabilities to standard lights and other appliances, and you can get a lot of them without breaking the bank.

For lighting, the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance 2-Pack are always dependable, and the latest versions do not require a hub to get started. These colorful bulbs can display millions of colors and have plenty of available scenes to add the ambiance with just a tap.