18th-century house transformed for Halloween with high-tech makeover

A 300-year-old property has been transformed into the spookiest house in the village, thanks to an incredible Halloween light display.

The Old Bury, the oldest house in Stevenage old town, was completely made-over using state-of-the art projecting mapping and the connective power of Samsung SmartThings technology to thrill a few lucky local families in a series of private COVID compliant performances ahead of Halloween night.

The display was created following research by Samsung which reveals 63% of Brits plan to celebrate Halloween at home this year – keeping the Halloween spirit alive despite the current restrictions.

18th-century house transformed for Halloween with high-tech makeover

Onlookers were left in awe as they witnessed a custom built 13ft high mechanical skeleton, a live-action dance troupe and a field of smart-tech powered pumpkins come to life.

Theatrical fog and lighting added to the spectacle, as the entire lightshow was synched to a modern Halloween music track and spooky sound effects.

Samsung’s unique Halloween display centres around a 300-year-old house which was given a SmartThings makeover. Engineers rigged the house with devices to control lights, sound, and security cameras, which form part of the show. SmartThings tech was controlled and monitored via the Smart Things app on a Samsung Galaxy S20 and QLED TV and used to adjust and trigger the lighting and music featured in the show.

18th-century house transformed for Halloween with high-tech makeover

Dancers from dance troupe Empire, who reached the semi-finals of Series 11 of Britain’s Got Talent, performed a unique routine whilst dressed in UV skeleton outfits.

Leading Scottish SFX make-up artist and influencer Ellie Hand-McCready, who’s incredible tutorial videos and transformations get thousands of views on Instagram, created a spooky bespoke look for the film.

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.

18th-century house transformed for Halloween with high-tech makeover

Over two thirds (70%) British adults said Zoom video calls will be integral to their Halloween plans, allowing them to connect virtually with their nearest and dearest.

Despite Government restrictions, over half of those polled (57%) said they will still be dressing up at home and 59% said they were determined more than ever to make Halloween fun.

Three-quarters (74%) of British parents surveyed said they are planning on going all out at home this year to keep their children happy.

Top home Halloween activities planned by families include carving pumpkins (40%), movie nights (38%), family fancy dress (35%) and creating spooky Halloween-themed food (34%).

18th-century house transformed for Halloween with high-tech makeover

The new research also reveals that over half (52%) of all Brits think Halloween is more fun than Christmas. Of those surveyed 46% said they put more effort into decorating the house for Halloween than they do at Christmas.

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. Check out our video guides on how to use SmartThings to get your home Halloween ready, from lighting up pumpkins to activating smoke machines and keeping an eye out for trick or treaters.”

18th-century house transformed for Halloween with high-tech makeover

The average family spend £172 preparing for Halloween and nearly two thirds (61%) said Halloween is on par with Christmas as the highlight of the year.

One in three Brits said they are drawing inspiration from hit Netflix show Tiger King (30%) for their Halloween costume –famed for its stars Joe Exotic and Carol Baskin. Popular shows Peaky Blinders (36%), Killing Eve (33%) and Stranger Things (41%) were also cited as inspiration for outfits this year.

Research findings also reveal that 49% of Brits are considering using smart technology to elevate their Halloween celebrations. Top tech cited by Brits to upgrade the Halloween experience at home include smart lighting (40%), smart speakers (39%) to create spooky playlists, and smart cameras (31%) to watch out for trick or treaters.

18th-century house transformed for Halloween with high-tech makeover

Samsung’s Halloween light show was designed to inspire children and adults who may not be able to celebrate Halloween in the usual way this year due to COVID. Samsung have also created a series of mini masterclasses on how to use SmartThings technology to create effects seen in the display at home and recreate the make-up seen in the video.

SmartThings is one of the largest open ecosystems of connected devices, with over 150 million users worldwide. The award-winning app allows you to connect and manage thousands of smart devices from your phone.

Visitors to Samsung KX this Halloween will be able to take part in a Halloween themed AR treasure hunt, as well as get their hands-on limited-edition phone cases decorated with Ellie Hand McCready’s unique make up design.

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 18th century.