Fright Lights and Robot Ghosts? The Best Gadgets To Make Your Home ‘Spooktacular’ for Halloween

The frightening reality is that Halloween will be a little different this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic far from over. But it’s not entirely canceled! While we’re advised to stay away from indoor parties, door-to-door trick-or-treating, and walking through haunted houses, there are still a whole host of fun ways to get in the spirit.

And it all begins at home. Get ready to trick out your place into a Halloween masterpiece with some of the same smart devices you rely on to make your life easier.

With the tap of a finger, you can transform your home into a spooky haunted house—or scare the pants off your neighbors. Cue evil laughter here!

Ready to get started? Here’s how to use the latest apps and tech to transform your home into the spookiest, most festive place on the block.

1. Spooky indoor lighting

Lighting sets the mood for any celebration,

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Alabama woman dressing dogs for Halloween to help find forever homes

Cute doggies? Check. Cute costumes? Check.

Adorable way to let people know about rescue dogs? Check, times a gabillion.

Huntsville resident Sara Alavi has been fostering rescue dogs until they can be adopted. And to help find those forever homes, Alavi created the Instagram page @dearpups. “I created the page to share some fun images of my own rescue dogs and some of my fosters in hopes that they might get adopted,” she said, although she says has been lax in keeping it updated in the past.

Now she’s found an awwww-inspiring way to keep her page current: During October, she is posting photos each day of her dog, Nelly aka Jellybean, and some of her fosters wearing Halloween costumes. She is calling the challenge Nellyween and so far it includes costumes like Ruff Bader Ginsburg, Eve, Carol Baskin, and even the famed dress from Carol Burnett’s parody of “Gone

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Library board approves 2021 draft budgets, hears Town Halloween plan

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The St. Marys Public Library board held their monthly meeting last Thursday and among the most important outcomes was the board’s approval of their 2021 draft budget.

The approved draft budget will now be sent to Town of St. Marys staff to be presented to Town Council for their consideration. The draft budget for the adult learning center was also approved by the library board, which did see more notable changes to the library’s budget. One of these changes was a request for a $1,500 funding increase from Stratford to help cover the costs of expanded adult learning services in the city. Earlier this year, the St. Marys adult learning center increased their presence in Stratford from two days to three days, and have expanded their hours of service, thus prompting the request for more funding. Since funding for the St. Marys adult

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Happy Halloween! The Silence of the Lambs House is Up for Sale

The post Happy Halloween! The Silence of the Lambs House is Up for Sale appeared first on Consequence of Sound.

Still looking for the ideal haunted house? Just in time for Halloween, Buffalo Bill’s iconic Silence of the Lambs home is officially up for sale for a creepy cool $298,500.

The psychotic serial killer’s house sits on 1.7 acres of land in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, about an hour south of Pittsburgh. According to the NY Post, the residence has been used as a fully functional dwelling, but still retains many of the same distinct features seen in the classic 1991 film starring Jodie Foster (Clarice Starling), Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal Lecter), and Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill).

Hardwood floors remain in the foyer, while the dining room — where Clarice confronted Buffalo Bill — is still quite recognizable. As in the Oscar-winning film, the house is indeed located not far from a

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Buffalo Bill’s Creepy Silence of the Lambs House is Up for Sale, Just In Time for Halloween

The Pennsylvania home featured in The Silence of the Lambs can make your creepy real estate dreams come true this Halloween.

Buffalo Bill’s Queen Anne-style Victorian home, which sits on 1.7 acres in the town of Perryopolis, just hit the market for $298,500.

“Most of America has seen this house, but now you have a chance to buy it,” the listing agents, Eileen Allan and Shannon Assad of The Sisters Real Estate, explain in a video tour of the property.

While some fans of the classic film may be disappointed to hear that there isn’t actually a well in the basement, the home does include a brick-lined cold cellar, which is “actually kind of creepy,” the listing agents said.

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The three-story, four-bedroom house served as the home of serial killer

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‘Silence of the Lambs’ house for sale just in time for Halloween

It’s the ultimate real estate listing for fans of creepy movie houses — the home of Buffalo Bill from the 1991 hit film “Silence of the Lambs.”

The 140-year-old house has plenty of other history, too. Its garage served as the general store, post office and train station in 1880 in its Pennsylvania town.

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“This 3-story Princess Anne Victorian located in Perryopolis was the home of Buffalo Bill in the film ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and is situated on 1.76 acres of level land along the Youghiogheny River,” the listing reads. “Original hardwood floors, woodwork, light fixtures, pocket doors, fireplaces and wallpaper are in pristine condition, dating back to 1910 when the home was built. Recent improvements include reflooring the wrap-around porch and gazebo, a rose bed garden and fountain were added at the front, refinished

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House from ‘Silence of the Lambs’ movie is in Pa. and it’s for sale just in time for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween you could be the new owner of the home from the horror film, “Silence of the Lambs.”

The 1991 Academy-Award winning movie starred Jodie Foster as a new FBI agent, Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Starling seeks Lecter’s help to catch another serial killer, Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb.

The three-story Princess Anne Victorian home is in Perryopolis in Fayette County.

In the movie, it was the home of Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who murders women then uses their skin to make himself a woman suit.

According to a news release, the house is listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty’s team, “The Sisters,” Eileen Allan and Shannon Assad.

According to the listing, the house is on 1.76 acres “along the Youghiogheny River. Original hardwood floors, woodwork, light fixtures, pocket doors, fireplaces and wallpaper are in pristine condition,

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COVID-19 Halloween Masks for Sale on Amazon and eBay Spark Outrage

Coronavirus Halloween masks sold on Amazon are being removed from the website after a charity advocating patient rights described the listing as a “terrible lapse of judgment.”

The mask and other similar COVID-19 Halloween disguises, which aim to resemble a view of the virus under a microscope, are also currently available on eBay.

The controversial masks sparked criticism from the U.K.-based Patient Association. The charity’s chief executive, Rachel Power, told The Sun: “These masks show a terrible lapse of judgment by the manufacturers and sellers, and I hope they will be removed from sale quickly.”

“I’ve no doubt the great majority of people will find them hugely distasteful, and I can’t imagine that many people would wish to wear one,” she added.

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A spokesperson for Amazon told Newsweek “We are removing these costumes.”

“All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will

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Creepy COVID-19 Halloween masks are for sale on Amazon

Just in time for Halloween, COVID-19 masks dotted with viral spikes, bulging eyes and an evil grin are being hawked on Amazon.

The ghoulish listing amid the coronavirus pandemic was made by YTFU, a company based in Guangdong, China, the country where the real bug originated in Wuhan, The Sun reported.

The latex “horror mask” – available for $24.59 — is “environmental and non-toxic,” according to the listing, which says wearing it “will give you an amazing and lasting impression.”

The various styles include a green head and purple spikes – the telltale SARS-CoV-2019 markers – and a white head with red spikes, both apparently aimed at injecting some infectious humor during the holiday.

“These masks show a terrible lapse of judgment by the manufacturers and sellers, and I hope they will be removed from sale quickly,” Rachel Power, CEO of the UK-based Patients Association, told the news outlet.


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