Smarthome Offers Family-Friendly Props, Lighting and Indoor and Outdoor Decorations for Halloween

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 28, 2004 - Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of automated products to improve the home, today introduces a catalog of spooky products designed to make Halloween a real "scream" this year.

Highlights from this year's catalog include monsters that emerge from the ground, hands that crawl out of gravestones, and illuminated spiders that crawl up webs. Other featured products include candy bowls that try to grab the trick -or -treaters' hands, gargoyles and skulls adorning chandeliers, and gelatin molds in the shapes of hands, brains and hearts. The Halloween catalog can be ordered by calling 1 -800 -SMARTHOME or accessed via Smarthome's Halloween Web site,

"Smarthome's Halloween decorations are designed for both children and adults to make the most out of the fall holiday," said Rajeev Kapur, vice president of sales and marketing of Smarthome, Inc. "As Halloween approaches, Smarthome provides families with decorations to make the holiday fun and safe."

Other notable products from the catalog include:

Motion -Activated Tombstone -Place this eerie tombstone in the front yard to frighten trick -or -treaters as they walk by and put visitors into the holiday spirit. The motion -activated tombstone will unexpectedly begin to move and make sounds when a guest walks by. The face on the tombstone, named "Mr. Reaply," has a jaw that opens and closes as he sings and speaks to approaching trick -or -treaters. Stands 15 inches tall. Uses 3 AA batteries (included). Price: $19.99

Pumpkin Walkway Lights -Line the walkway with this string of three pumpkin head lights for a frighteningly good time this Halloween. Safe for both indoor and outdoor use, these happy pumpkins can greet guests even in inclement weather and light the path for a safe trip to the front door. With a generous cord length, even long walkways can be adorned with these smiling pumpkins this festive season. Additionally, the five -inch tall pumpkin lights can be mounted onto 11 ½ inch stakes in order to align the pumpkin faces with the younger visitors. Price: $14.99

6 -Foot Coffin -Open a new door to terror and startle guests by emerging out of a full -size 6 -foot coffin to hand out treats or greet guests. This realistic coffin is constructed of ultra -durable corrugated cardboard, and makes a perfect addition to any haunted house or front yard Halloween display. This ultra -light decoration has a black exterior and is lined in red, giving it a devilishly spooky look. Price: $29.99

Flashing Batlights -Bats are a well -known symbol for Halloween and now they can be easily displayed throughout the home with these extra -large Flashing Batlights. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall by 6 inches wide, these weather -resistant lights have colorful veins and laser -red eyes that illuminate brightly. Each package includes three colorful, injection -molded plastic bats on hooks that rotate 360 degrees for easy positioning. This string of three lights measures 12 feet long and has 40 -inch spacing between Batlights for easy arrangement in trees, bushes or roof eaves. Price: $14.99

Hand -Held Animated Torch Skull -Children will enjoy this safe torch that looks like fire without the real flames. The realistic -looking skull on the torch has eyes that glow bright red. For added excitement, the skull's mouth opens with a simple lever, as it spews six different Halloween greetings. Because it is handheld and portable, it can be carried trick -or -treating for added visibility or to a festive Halloween party. Price: $14.99

Smarthome and its partners' electronic home improvement products are featured on the new unscripted Fox TV series, "Renovate My Family." Check local listings for day and time.

About Smarthome, Inc.

Founded in 1992, Smarthome, Inc. is the world's largest home automation and home control supplier and a leader in enhancing lifestyles through electronic home improvement projects. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Smarthome products are sold to an international customer base via the Web, phone and retail outlets as well as to professional dealers and installers through its SmarthomePro division. Its SmarthomeDesign division is responsible for OEM and distribution sales channels. Smarthome, developers of a new home networking technology called Insteon™, (, is dedicated to making life more convenient, safe and fun. The company's on -line catalog can be found at Newsweek magazine called "the of electronic home improvement."

Featured Product

VMP EREN-42E1K 19-inch Equipment Rack Enclosure

VMP EREN-42E1K 19-inch Equipment Rack Enclosure

Now shipping, the new 42 rack space EREN-42E1K 19-inch Equipment Rack Enclosure is newest and largest member of VMP's EREN Series. "The EREN Series has been designed for use with a multitude of security, audio, video, and communication components, and the EREN-42E1K is a sizable upgrade in both depth and weight capacity to our popular EREN-42E 19-inch equipment rack enclosure," explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. "The EREN-42E1K has a usable depth of 33 inches and a durable load capacity of 1,300 lbs. (a 30 percent increase from the EREN-42E) to fit just about any and every need." The cost-effective, portable, and fully welded EREN family of 19-inch equipment rack enclosures has been designed for installations where protected components are a necessity. The EREN Series, which comes complete with integrated cooling fans and lockable, removable side panels (with optional locks) allows for the organization of multiple electronic components, while at the same time protecting them from thermal issues, as well as damage or theft. Additional EREN Series specifications include: works with all standard 19-inch rack equipment and accessories; rails threaded with standard 10-32 threading; tempered glass front door; double swing steel rear door; adjustable front and rear rails; vented top and bottom; top and bottom cable routing knockouts; reversible hinged front and rear door; casters and leveling feet; ships assembled; EREN-42E1K MSRP: $1,499.00