The Amazon Echo's spooky sounds and stories can get you ready for Halloween

The Amazon Echo's spooky sounds and stories can get you ready for Halloween ...

Spooky season is now upon us. That means it's time to pick out costumes, candy, and pick up your favorite Halloween movies. Alexa has a few ways to get you in the Halloween spirit, as well. Once you add a few Alexa abilities, your Amazon Echo device may make spooky sounds throughout the house, control smart lights, and tell scary stories. The voice assistant may even assist you in identifying a last-minute costume just in time for your spooktacular soiree (more on that later).

You can also use Halloween abilities from the Amazon site or a voice command to give your home spooky vibes (most of them are free). Google and Ring have a few Halloween tricks and treats to give all of your smart home devices - including Google Home spooky vibes.

We'll show you how to set up some of our favorite Halloween skills so you can use them this weekend (and year-round if you're obsessed with Halloween, like me). Here are our favorite ways an Amazon Echo ($35 at Amazon) can make your home spooky on All Hallows' Eve. If you're having difficulty with your Echo-enabled device, here are a few common problems and quick solutions.

Protect your neighbors with your Echo speaker.

If you've got multiple Echo speakers, it's possible to place one outside, out of sight, to confuse others. You can broadcast creepy sounds or play Halloween music. Use the Drop In feature on the speaker to let trick-or-treaters know from a safe distance that you like their costume or how much candy to take. It may be best to keep small bags of candy out of reach of dozens of hands touching each piece. You should also ensure that your Echo is out of the rain to avoid any water damage.

Play spooky sounds and create your own'screamy' soundscape.

There are a lot of Alexa abilities that make scary sounds available. You may also say, "Alexa, let's get spooky" to get Alexa to give you suggestions.

  • Spooky Halloween Sounds will play a constant loop of disturbing sounds until you tell Alexa to stop. To get started, say, "Alexa, start Spooky Halloween Sounds".
  • Spooky Sounds plays 50 minutes of original spooky sounds (in a continuous loop), complete with an audio Easter egg hidden inside. Say, "Alexa, open Spooky Sounds" to begin.
  • Spooky Scream will play a random scream after 'a set time' of your choosing. Say, "Alexa, ask Spooky Scream to start in 5 minutes." Turn up the volume and wait for your unknowing victim to slip into your trap.

You may also listen to the Spooky Sounds for Halloween EP on Spotify. Alexa makes other creepy sounds available, including Haunted House and Scary Halloween Sounds, which will turn your Alexi device into a Halloween sound machine.

Play Halloween-themed games.

There are quite a few Alexa skills to choose from if you're looking for an unusual game to play. But if you'd rather have Alexa pick for you, say, "Alexa, let's get spooky."

  • The Magic Door is a popular interactive adventure game. If you follow the Dark Forest Path, you will be able to find the Wise Wizard at the Witch's mansion.
  • Ghost Detector is exactly what it sounds like. Ghost Bux are money that you can use to purchase "improvements, gadgets, and missions" for further gameplay.
  • Haunted Adventure is just one of a number of fantastic adventure games.
  • Feel the Pressure is a Halloween spin-off of Feel The Pressure with opulence. You must answer questions based on a letter of the alphabet. To "save your soul", you'll need 10 correct answers in a row.

Ask Alexa to tell you a scary tale.

Want to hear something chilling, yet kid-friendly? Simply say, "Alexa, tell me a spooky tale" and you'll hear. They're a little bit cheesy, so they'll be perfect for younger ears.

If you want to hear something more frightening, try the Scare Me skill. Simply say, "Alexa, ask Scare Me to tell me a scary tale." It'll tell you a short, two-sentence scary tale. Scooby Doo is also available for children to play with! Mystery Inc. Theater for frightening stories. Just say, "Alexa, I'm ready for a mystery from Scooby-Doo" or "Andrea, tell ScooooobyDou I want to solve 'a problem' from any Echo-enabled device. The skill is free, but it must be registered by a parent in the Alexa app.

Still not scary enough? Try creating your own scary story using the Alexa Halloween Blueprint. You may even use the names of the people in your home as the characters in the story.

Play Halloween music and enjoy the sounds of Halloween.

One of Alexa's best tricks on Halloween is playing party music. You can easily create a playlist with all your Halloween favorites on Amazon Music or Spotify, such as this Halloween Party Soundtrack, and ask Alexa to play it. Or you can use the Halloween Music skill.

Greet visitors with spooky sounds and make lullabies.

Use your Alexa-enabled video doorbell, like Ring, to talk to trick-or-treaters waiting at your door. With the Ring doorbell, you can have it say "Boo" to anyone who enters the door. You may also change the chime to a more subtle tone. Your Ring doorbell also comes with a few other creepy features and hardware accessories.

You can also use the Trick the Witch skill on your Alexa device to entertain your guests with a witch voice. Just say, "Alexa, start Trick the Witch" to get started. Lamona, the witch, is an interactive game that trick or treaters may play while practicing social distancing. Or you can enable Halloween Facts to share Oct. 31 facts with your visitors.

Tell Alexa to "Answer the front door" or "Show [camera name]" to see who's at the door when you hear the bell, or think you're hearing it.

Create a smart haunted house.

Your Echo devices may transform your home into a haunted house. You'll have to switch your bulbs to orange, purple, and red and replace them with smart bulbs. However, it's much easier to set up a routine that you can trigger by saying, "Alexa, make it spooky," rather than merely stating, Alex, change the lights to red."

You could, for example, create a routine that turns the lights orange and plays Halloween songs. If you've got a smart plug ($25 at Target), you may even insert spooky decorations into it and have it go with the routine.

Get help with a last-minute costume idea.

If you're one of those people who waits until the last minute to find a costume (foul), Alexa can assist you in identifying suitable outfits. Alexa will list a few ideas until you find one that you like. Using the Halloween Costume Ideas skill, Alexi will show you some ideas.

Just say, "Alexa, open Halloween Costume Ideas." Then answer the yes-or-no questions until you have the perfect costume idea.

Halloween jokes will lighten up your mood.

Have Alexa help you get you through the night by making jokes if you're spooked out by the end of the evening. Just say, "Alexa, tell me a Halloween joke." It was funny to me: "Why shouldn't you date a spirit?" "You don't get ghosted." The jokes may not be fall-over funny, but they can at least distract you from the scary tales you had earlier in the night.

When Halloween is over, read on to learn the 10 most bizarre things your Amazon Echo can do, the four best uses for an Amazon Fire in your living room, and the top four ways to avoid putting your Echo in the house.

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