When I was a trick-or-treating kid, a neighborhood man with a (presumably) fake chainsaw chased me and my friends down the street, inducing nightmares for many Halloweens to come.
That same man is probably already prepping his house for next week’s spookfest—perhaps changing the tone on his Nest Hello video doorbell to the sound of a cackling witch or booing ghost.
Google this week introduced spooky ringtones, designed to surprise guests and crank up the mood on All Hallow’s Eve.
Through Nov. 4, all U.S. Nest Hello owners have the option to transform their doorbell chime into a creepy chord—”to make your front door a neighborhood destination on Halloween night,” according to Google keyword contributor Evan Barbour Grippi.
Enable the fun feature via the Nest mobile app: Settings > Doorbell Theme > Halloween.
Other festive motifs include Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and “generic winter sounds.”
“In late November, we’re bringing seasonal cheer with winter ringtones, which last through early January for users in the US, Canada, and European countries where Nest Hello is sold,” a company representative told Digital Trends.
The app will alert users to new themes. After the holiday, doorbells automatically revert back to their default tone.
No smart doorbell? No problem.
Google’s got you covered with a dozen other tips and tricks—”whether you’re trick-or-treating, hosting a party, or staying in with a scary movie,” Grippi said.
Watch YouTube costume and makeup tutorials with Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max; “get spooky” with Google Assistant’s hour-long playlist of sounds and music; stream scary movies to the big screen with Chromecast; add candy to your shopping list or learn a new recipe without lifting a finger; set up a ghostly guest WiFi network for your party.
Still not in the Halloween spirit? Check out Geek’s list of the best scary podcasts to embrace the holiday.
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