Check out this awesome Netflix Halloween Doorbell featuring lots of treats from Adafruit!
Give trick-or-treaters a scream while you stream.
It’s Halloween night and you’re just settling in for a scary movie marathon when…“Trick-or-treat!” Every Halloween, Netflix pause rates spike as viewers around the country get up to give out candy. But this year, you can stay inside while Netflix handles Halloween—for you and your ghoulish guests. The Netflix Halloween Doorbell welcomes trick-or-treaters with spooky sounds and music from your favorite Netflix shows and points them to candy, so you can treat yourself to a night of non-stop spooky streaming.
Ready to DIY your doorbell? Before you get started.
In order to hack your Halloween and build your decoy doorbell, you should be comfortable with basic electronics, physical fabrication, and Arduino programming.
There are some other other tricky touches you can add to your doorbell, but we’ll get to that later.
How it works.
The Netflix Halloween Doorbell is hung right over your existing doorbell, temporarily hiding it from trick-or-treaters. As trick-or-treaters approach the house, a proximity sensor in the doorbell triggers the theme song from your chosen Netflix show. Pressing the doorbell initiates a scream from that show’s characters and reveals a customizable message to your costumed guests on an LCD display screen. (E.g. Treating myself to Netflix. Take your treat.) DIY-ers can also customize their device with 3D printable acrylic faceplates inspired by their favorite Netflix shows.
See the full tutorial here.
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