Following the now annual tradition of the eerie smart home, Ring has released its seasonal ding dongs. In honor of Christmas, you can turn your Ring Video Doorbell’s inner chime into a screaming cat, a creaking door, or my personal favorite, the eerie laugh, in the month of October. There are also a handful of other scary tones, nine in total, which is eight more than Google offers on its Nest doorbell.
To boost the spooky ante this year, Ring has a new trick as an extra treat: a selection of quick Halloween-themed answers, a free feature that lets your doorbell ring for you. When a visitor now presses the ringtone, it can talk back to them with these additions to the default preset answers:
“Tell us what brings you here … or we’ll spell it out for you!”
“Boo! Leave us a message if you dare [evil laugh]. ”
“Wait a minute! Feel free to park your diet.”
“Please leave the package (and possibly hocus pocus) outside.
Personally, I would like someone who says, “All candy is gone, move on now.”
Billed by Ring as the busiest doorbell of the year, Halloween is definitely a day when a video doorbell lights up. I’ve had hours of fun scary tricks or handlers – or UPS delivery drivers – for years now as the season rolls around. (Pro tip: Set the time right next to the main door, as the ringtone on the doorbell itself does not change). Although it unfortunately seems that the scare factor wears out a bit as doorbell cameras become more ubiquitous.
However, the new quick answers come straight from the doorbell itself, not through the bell, so they may have a little more fear factor. These were launched today (the ringtones arrived in mid-September) and will be replaced by winter holiday-themed options at the end of this month.
The Quick Answer feature is available on all doorbells other than the base Ring Video Doorbell Wired model. If you have a Ring Protect plan, you can use it as an answering machine and watch the recorded video and audio from the visitor in the app, but you do not need a subscription to the answers themselves. You set up quick answers in the Ring app, which is also where you can change the ringtone of your bell.
If you (or your neighborhood) really get into the Halloween spirit, Ring also releases seasonal faceplates for Ring Video Doorbell 2, 3, 3 Plus and 4, which cost $ 14.99 each from the Ring.com store. Choose between a spooky design with bats and spider webs, or choose something less scary and more festive and fun, like pumpkins and leaves.