Halloween Automations

It being Halloween, did you set up any automation for this day? Love to see and hear. Link some videos!

Nothing done for this year, but did brave the pumpkin carving for the kids…I’m sure there will be more exciting stories posted by fellow community titans!

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We have recessed rgbw lights in our deck. We installed them when we remodeled this summer and the electrician hasn’t been back to run the plug. I was so disappointed. I really wanted to change the colors for the holidays.

I installed new smart switches in the laundry room, does that count?


YES! That room can be a scary place!!


I set up a google home mini to play a scream .mp3 file when the doorbell was pushed to scare the crap out of the kids. I hide it just inside the front door.

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Is it doing the job?

For me, nothing major. I setup my front light to a dark orange, and manually disables some automation so that my front entrance light stays on and red, and that my den light which is in the front of the house remains off.

I wish I could control my SMRTLight string lights with Hubitat, but unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to do that, so I turn them on to orange manually.

Oh? What brand are they. I googled it, but didn’t come up with anything solid.


They’re wifi. Sometimes drivers for other things will work. Did you try the driver for magic home? it’s also wifi, and I’d try it just for the sake of trying it if you havent.

Got them at Costco in Canada a year or so ago. Here’s more info.

They work quite well. I need one controller per light strip, and they transitioned from RF to Wifi recently. I have them « taped » to the house and also use them as my Christmas lights.

They changed their packaging this year. From what I can see, the same lights work with the new controllers year after year.

New packaging:

Yes, they look like they are the same. They were $39.99 (CAD) at Costco though!

It’s the first I hear of this. I’ll definitely look into it! The more I can control with a single hub, the better!

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It’s worth a try. Otherwise put a call out here and maybe someone might be willing to look into it.

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That brand use Tuya based chips. It might be controllable with a Tuya integration (never tried any of those) or possible to put Tasmota on it (but probably has to be a TTL flash). This is a device from them which could be converted:


It did scare a few hahaha.

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we live ON a street with our garden across the road (very odd) so there is not much we can do. Unfortunately even the pumpkin we put out got stolen and smashed down the road by some young arseholes.
But i just got this going in time last night. it made me happy when it worked :slight_smile:


Taking from… somewhere else I posted it. Just fooling around seeing what my new doorbell sensor can do for me. In the Halloween sprite, I setup a NR sequence to remove my front porch Sonos from the group, unmute/set volume 75, queue up scary laugh mp3, play queue, clear queue and rejoin group.

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after Halloween I gotta think of a good track for solicitors, ideas?

EDIT: updated to include get/store the mute/volume settings before making changes, and setting them back to what they were before adding the unit back to the group). I’m using a function node to this, but only because I know no other way. If there is a better way to save/inject a value into the sequence please feel free to enlighten me.

Now my wife is coming up with other sound tracks for each month. I’ve created a monster!!


I thought this was a good idea: https://youtu.be/A949YX4XVgg

One to setup up now and trigger next year…may even freak yourself out!

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I would love to convert these to Tuya, but am afraid that I may break them… haven’t attempted TTL flashing yet… I had one of the controllers go dead, so had to use my only spare (the model changed)… I could probably try converting that one, but if it doesn’t work, I won’t know if I broke it, if it just won’t convert or if the existing issue is preventing the conversion… though not much to lose!

Just tried it, but no luck yet. They are paired with their proprietary app, so that may be a problem. I have another month now until I plan to use them again, so will see what I can uncover…

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So… For those who are interested, I am working on a setup that will work now until I have a way to properly integrate my strip lights. My initial tests have been successful.

  1. Setup a virtual switch/sensor combo - I found a really great driver that does this with motion (from Ryan Casler) and adapted it to act as a contact sensor instead - you can turn on the switch and it also registers as an open sensor. Very useful with Alexa integrations as it allows the switch to be usable as the starting point for a routine.
  2. Share the new virtual switch/sensor combo with Alexa
  3. In Alexa, create a routine that turns on the lights the way I want them via a scene setup in the SMRTLite app
  4. In Alexa, create a group that contains all the string lights
  5. In Alexa, create a routine that turns off the lights via the group setup in step 4.
  6. Setup Rules in Hubitat that turn on/off the switch/sensor combo

Eventually, I will see if I can get them working directly in Hubitat.


Way to think outside the box. I hope others find your enginuity inspiring. This is a perfect example of why we need an ecosystem when making things smart.

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