It’s the time of year for chilly nights, pumpkin spice, ghost stories and…creaky garage door openers? While your plans for Halloween may be fright-filled, replacing your old garage door opener doesn’t have to be. With a wide variety of models to choose from, each offering different conveniences and capabilities, selecting the right fit for your home can make you want to howl at the moon. In the spirit of the Halloween season, LiftMaster® has created a simple guide to make shopping for a new garage door opener fear-free. Answer these questions to determine what kind of garage door opener is right for you:

Do you want to enhance the security of your garage?

Forget the tricks and treat yourself to a worry-free Halloween season. With a smart garage door opener powered by myQ®, you’ll never be haunted by the often-thought question – “did I remember to close the garage door?” Get real-time alerts when your garage opens or closes to keep track of daily comings and goings, such as when your kids arrive home. Some models, like the new LiftMaster Secure View™ 87504-267 powered by myQ have a built-in camera that adds streaming video, recorded events, and 2-way communication to the myQ app so you can get a full view of what is happening around the home from anywhere. You don’t need a crystal ball to see when the kids get home from trick-or-treating, or a gargoyle to make sure the garage is closed so other ghouls and goblins don’t get in, you just need a Secure View.

Are you looking to increase the lighting in your garage?  

Whether you are afraid of the dark or just want better lighting, you can banish those dark corners and see your garage in a whole new light with openers that have integrated LED lighting. LiftMaster’s new line of openers include units with a 2,000 lumens Corner to Corner Lighting™ System that provides a 360° ring of LED light that uniformly brightens every corner of the garage. The LiftMaster Secure View™ 87504-267 and LiftMaster 87802 are good choices for homeowners who keep a workbench in their garage or are looking for a nice open space for hosting their next séance. The possibilities are endless. 

Do you often experience power outages?

If you are a mad scientist intent on using lightning to harness the powers of life and death, intense storms are probably your thing. If you are a homeowner, not so much. A power outage caused by extreme weather can become not only an inconvenience but a major safety and security issue. In those moments you need to feel confident that you can quickly enter and exit your garage. Garage door openers with integrated battery backup like the LiftMaster 87802and LiftMaster 84602 allow you to safely get in and out of your garage even when the power is out.

Do you need more storage space?                                                                                                                       

If you are already having nightmares about where to hide away all those Halloween decorations after October 31st, you might want to consider a wall mount opener to get some extra space. The  LiftMaster 8500W will help you stay organized and optimize space within your garage since it mounts alongside the garage door rather than on the ceiling, creating space for additional storage. 

Do you like being in the know? 

The average homeowner goes in and out of their garage six times a day, and it can be stressful when your garage door won’t open. Don’t get left wondering “who ya gonna call” if the garage door is down, and it don’t look good. With LiftMaster’s myQ powered openers, you will get an alert through your myQ app the minute there’s a problem. Plus, you can easily connect with a trusted dealer through the myQ app and conveniently share your myQ Diagnostics report providing them with the insight needed for a rapid repair. The health report will help the technician understand if the problem can be solved remotely so you don’t have to wait.