Get into the Spooky Spirit this Halloween Season

by Shea Homes on October 25, 2016


There are two extremes when it comes to holiday decorating. On one end, we have the folks that had every eave decked out in fake spider webs, walkways lined with gravestones and pumpkins adorning every table or doorstep available by the time the moon rose on October 1st. On the flip-side, there are some busy people whose mantles remain frightfully bare.

No matter what camp you find yourself in, the tips, tricks and free Halloween downloads below can help you take your current holiday décor to a frightful new height.

Witchy Workspace Digital Wallpapers

If you’re a Halloween fanatic, your décor will likely spill out from your home into your workstation. Take a look at our two desktop wallpapers below and decide which gets you into the Halloween spirit most. Save the image and replace your computer’s background. Like both? You can use one this week and one the next!

“Get it Ghoul!” Computer Wallpaper

For those days you ghouls and boys need a little extra motivation to make it to the weekend.


“Treat Yourself” Computer Wallpaper

Because after hitting that deadline or just getting through a Monday unscathed, you deserve to celebrate!!


Mobile Wallpaper

Don’t find yourself tied to a desktop or laptop too often? Never fear, we have versions of these wallpapers for your mobile devices as well!

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Hallowed Home Printables

With Halloween being the unofficial-official kick-off to the holiday season, putting up and taking down décor for a multitude of occasions can be overwhelming during an already jam-packed time of year. One of our favorite “easy” solutions for this is to dedicate a picture frame in your home where you can easily swap holiday-themed printables in and out. Whether you place the frame on a shelf, mantle or hang it on a wall, you can easily save your favorite designs in the back of the frame to rotate through each season. Take a look at Pinterest for printable options for other holidays like Thanksgiving or Fourth of July.

“Home is Where the Heart is” Printable

A classic saying with a Halloween twist!


“Welcome to our BOO-tiful Home” Printable

This welcome sign fits perfectly in an entryway or strung from your front door.


Simply Sweet Treat Tags

Fill up small bags with treats and attach these printable tags for classroom giveaways or for a sweet surprise for the guests in your home.



Poppin’ Pumpkins

With your digital devices, home and gifts covered for Halloween, that just leaves one last detail. The pièce de résistance, the jack-o-lantern. Pinterest, again, offers tons of printable templates if you want to try your hand at an intricate design, but, if you’re looking for a few other options, consider the following.

Go “Old-School”

A perfect solution for younger participants, or those wanting to relive their younger days is to simply draw a face onto a pumpkin and get to carving. Grab a permanent marker, pumpkin, large metal spoon, and carving device. Carve a circle around the stem (pro-tip, also carve out a notch so you can easily remember how to put the “lid” back on), then proceed to remove all of the pumpkin “guts.” Be sure to scrape down the inner sides of the pumpkin, this helps to keep the gourd from rotting too fast. Then, start drawing a silly or spooky face onto your pumpkin with the permanent marker. Once you have your drawing ready to go, use your carving knife and get to work!


Painted Pumpkins

If you’re planning on putting out pumpkins sooner than a few days before Halloween, we recommend holding off on the carving for a bit. Once carved, Jack-o-Lanterns last little more than a week, if that. Instead, grab some paint, stickers and any other fun items you find at a craft store and keep your decorating to the outside of the pumpkin. This will make your masterpiece last much longer.


Fake it!

Looking for something you can use year after year? Head to your local craft store and pick up a plastic pumpkin. Make sure to look for the somewhat heavy-duty plastic models so they will withstand getting packed up and put in the attic or garage. Then, you can use metallic paint and glitter to make some eye-catching, reusable decorations.

What Halloween decorations does your family bring out year after year? Share in the comments below.


Celebrate Halloween with these Fun Family Events

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 14, 2016

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Here there be monsters! Halloween is nearly upon us, and with it comes candy, costumes, and fun for the whole family. Here are a few of the top Halloween events taking place around the Valley this month!

  1. Chandler Halloween Spooktacular: Friday, October 28th, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park 5:30pm-8:30pm

This first event promises to be a fantastic activity for the whole family. There will be carnival games, an inflatable corn maze, and a haunted house. For the more creative ghouls and goblins, there will be costume contests in all different age categories, so be sure to look your spookiest! Bring trick-or-treat bags, as there will be candy galore.

  1. Macdonald’s Ranch Annual Pumpkin Festival: October 1st-31st

One of the best long-running fall events in the Valley! Head over to Macdonald’s ranch in Scottsdale, and hop on a hayride to go pick your pumpkins. On the way, get something to eat, visit the petting zoo, find your way through the hay bale maze, and more! There’s no better place for some classic fall fun this side of the Grand Canyon.

  1. Haunted Harbor at Lake UN-pleasant: October 21st, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Back for the third year running, the Haunted Harbor at Lake Pleasant Marina in Peoria features Halloween games like Zombie Cornhole, trick- or-treating, face painting, and food trucks. Stick around for movies on the lake, a bonfire, and general Halloween spirit!

  1. Buckeye Halloween Carnival: October 29th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

This mainstay event in local Halloween festivities has been running since 1940! Come to historic Downtown Buckeye for all sorts of Halloween fun, including the haunted “Maze of Mayhem.” And don’t miss the Jack-o-lantern carving contest and costume cat-walk!

  1. Apache Junction Halloween Festival: October 29th, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Last, but certainly not least, Apache Junction is holding a Halloween Festival to celebrate the good citizens that keep the city safe! There will be food, games, and a petting zoo. The highlight of the event, though, just might be the costume contests. Not just for humans, mind you, but also for your favorite canine companions!

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3 Quick & Easy Ways to Get into the Halloween Spirit

by Shea Homes on October 15, 2015

Quick & Easy Halloween Decor IdeasFront lawns are suddenly adorned with artificial cobwebs and gravestones, pumpkin patches have popped up on every street corner, and candy aisles are increasingly picked-through – October has arrived, and Halloween is creeping in all-too fast. Whether you’re helping your child put together a last-minute costume, throwing an impromptu Halloween party, or simply wanting to spruce up your home with seasonal festivity, check out these quick and easy ideas to make this Halloween a success!

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Halloween Decor – it doesn’t have to be Daunting!

by Shea Homes Northern California on October 23, 2012

Halloween is fast approaching and if we know anything about our communities, we know that they’re full of families who love trick or treating.

We also know that our families are busy and there is a good chance you haven’t been able to wrap your head around the Halloween décor for your home yet or started planning for that Halloween party you promised to throw this year!

There will be a lot of scary things this Halloween but we’d like to hope that the planning is not one of them. We have compiled a list of simple must do’s for any last minute spooky house décor or party planning needs!

If you’re anything like us, you have probably already visited the local pumpkin patch. That’s one of the best parts of this holiday! Now you have a family full of pumpkins and you’re just not quite sure if you will find time to carve them. Sometimes the ol’ carving method is not always the answer. Here’s some great DIY pumpkin ideas that can make any pumpkin carving experience less daunting and maybe even more impressive.

The Cookie Cutter and Mallet Approach:

Grab some cookie cutters and your favorite mallet, place the cookie cutter where you’d like your shape and “BAM”… hit it with the mallet. For the tinier folks in the family, be sure to take extra precaution as we’d hate to see little fingers get caught between the pumpkin and mallet. But, it truly can make for a fairly painless and unique pumpkin carving experience.

The Power Drill Masterpiece:

Sometimes carving in general just isn’t your cup of tea, it’s messy and can cramp up your hands. Why not summon your “handy-man” side and drill hole into your pumpkin. Get creative and use different drill bit heads for a truly awesome pumpkin.

Little Pumpkin Monsters:

Last but certainly not least, carve a space for plastic teeth and presto you’ve got yourself a pumpkin monster!

So now you have some pumpkins to put on your porch, what about the rest of the house?

You don’t want to be the family that has to turn off the porch light because you’re not feeling festive this year. Trick or Treaters need a place to trick or treat so make sure your house is not the one skipped on the street!

Spooky Spider Lanterns:

Paper lanterns are relatively cheap and this craft will be fun for your kids, or you, on a dreary evening.

Gourd Ghouls:

Remember those gourds you bought at the pumpkin patch and you’re not sure why? Never fear! The gourd ghouls are here!

Ghosts with the most:

If you have a little more time, which means you should probably get started now, you can make life-size ghosts that will surely scare your guests and trick or treaters.

Giant Spiders Galore!:

Here’s a creepy crawly option that can take up a good amount of space in your front yard. We know you have some garbage bags lying around, why not put them to good use?

Whether you just haven’t found the time or the creativity to decorate your house for this Halloween, we hope that these ideas will help spark that spooky side in you.

Do you have any DIY Halloween home decor tricks? Why not share your decor tips in the comment section and we might even feature it on Facebook!

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Community Events: October-December 2012

October 10, 2012

When we think of the holiday season, we can’t help but think of parties, good food and quality time with friends and family. What is this time of year without a little celebration? Our new home communities in Northern California are surrounded by fun events for the whole family. Here is a list of holiday […]

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