Monday, 30 Nov 2020

Historic 300-year-old house transformed for Halloween with high-tech makeover

An 18th century house has been transformed into the a spooky cottage for Halloween thanks to an incredible light display.

The Old Bury, known as the oldest house in Stevenage old town by the locals, was brought back to life to give the residents a unique Halloween celebration.

The display was created by Samsung , and saw experts combine technology and theatrical effects in a bid to keep the spooky tradition alive despite the pandemic.

Video shows a skeleton walking past the 300-year-old property and bats flying out from the windows.

To make the display more realistic, the team installed a custom-built 13ft high mechanical skeleton, a live-action dance troupe and a field of smart-tech powered pumpkins.

The Old Bury is putting on an amazing light show with theatrical fog and lighting added to the spectacle.

According to Samsung, engineers rigged the house with devices to control lights, sound, and security cameras, which form part of the show.

They connect the electronics using SmartThings – an app that can manage thousands of smart devices from a phone and is used to adjust and trigger the lighting and music featured in the show.

A poll of 2,000 British adults by Samsung reveals over half of those surveyed (55%) will be finding new ways to celebrate Halloween this year, such as hosting virtual parties online.

Top home Halloween activities planned by families include carving pumpkins, movie nights, family fancy dress and creating spooky Halloween-themed food.

Kyle Brown, Head of Connected Living Solutions, Samsung UK said: "We wanted to showcase how SmartThings technology works in a fun and interactive way.

"The Halloween House display demonstrates the simple capabilities on a mass scale and the how to guides simplifies further how people can replicate this at home.

"SmartThings allows you to control the tech in your home with a touch of a button and is compatible with a wide range of connected devices."

The Old Bury property, a grade II* listed building, was previously inhabited by monks of the St Nicholas Church situated opposite the property in the 18 th century.

The Old Bury property, a grade II listed building, was previously inhabited by monks of the St Nicholas Church situated opposite the property in the 18 th century.

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