October Family Fun Around the Valley!

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 6, 2017

October Family Fun Around PhoenixOctober is here! That means fall fun and amazing weather, so make sure you get out there with the family to enjoy it! Here’s a list of some fun filled and SPOOKtacular family activities happening around the Valley this month. Get your pumpkin-picking hands ready and dust off your best costume!

All of October – Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival – MESA

Enjoy over a month long of fun fall activities going all the way until November 5th! Admission to this family owned fall festival in Mesa includes not only pumpkins but an endless array of activities for all ages such as a 7-acre corn maze, a mini zip line, pumpkin bowling, mini golf, mule drawn covered wagon rides and a barrel train ride. Find out more HERE

All of October- Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – GLENDALE

Weave through a 6-acre corn maze, pick out that perfect pumpkin and check out the petting zoo at this festival in Glendale that goes all of October into the beginning of November. Find out more HERE

All of October – Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party – QUEEN CREEK

Thursday through Sunday families can enjoy this Queen Creek Festival that includes a petting zoo, hayrides, amusement rides, a rock climbing wall, dog shows, and corn mazes. After you pick out your pumpkin finish your festive day off by roasting marshmallow under the stars. Find out more HERE

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Set the stage (and table) for Thanksgiving

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 16, 2015


For many, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. Free from the pressure of gift-giving, it is simply a joyful gathering of friends and family. Great food and conversation, and maybe a college football game to aid the digestion. Priceless.

Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape

Because Thanksgiving is such a lovely, all-day indoor affair, why not add to the ambiance with fall-inspired home décor? We invite you to peruse the Thanksgiving Pinterest board to get ideas for a festive table and beyond. To kickstart your creativity, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to prep for the big day.

First stop is a pin that’s all about gratitude.  After all, nothing sets a more positive tone for a Thanksgiving dinner than guests expressing gratitude. Clever ways to inspire sharing include kraft paper placemats with an “I am thankful for…” writing prompt that your guests can complete. Another idea is a big pumpkin spray-painted white on which all can write their messages of gratitude. Or, have your guests jot down what they are grateful for on small slips of paper, which you then roll up and bake in crescent rolls. Like a fortune cookie, everyone can open one up and guess who wrote it.

Give Thanks Napkin Idea

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Preparing Your Home for Fall

by Shea Homes Northern California on October 21, 2013

Autumn started on September 22nd this year and many people ventured out for their pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin candles and maybe a new pair of boots. This time of year represents, for many, the start of the home decorating season. Gourds replace fruit in baskets, leaf garlands adorn mantels and wreaths are hung on front doors all around the nation. There is something so cozy about a home draped in fall colors.

It’s easy to visit your local craft shop or department store to stock up on new fall decor, but adding your own special touch can give your fall house that home feel.

Fun with Pumpkins

Pumpkins are iconic, especially during the month of October. However, pumpkins don’t always have to be carved, matter of fact, they don’t always have to be orange! Give your pumpkins a pop of color, or distress them to match the rustic feel in your home.

Paint your pumpkin with chalk paint and run a brick or other rough surface over the top to distress it.

Collect leaves from your yard, or while on a hike. Place them on the pumpkin, spray paint, and bam – you have a beautiful art piece!

Drill holes into your pumpkin with a power drill for a fun look!


Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays. Fall wreaths can spruce up any wall or door in your home, giving it that at home feel.

Here’s a quick way to make a twig wreath your own. Use a CD to cut a perfect circle, cut it into a spiral and twist it on itself to make a cute easy flower!

Making a wreath doesn’t have to be complicated. Click on the picture for a quick tutorial for this wreath!


Candles can add an intimate feel to any room whether you’re having a small get together with friends or a quiet evening at home with your family.

This is a great one to do with your kids. Ask them to search the yard for twigs and break them into pieces together. Adhere them to any glass candle holder with modge podge or other for of adhesive.

Other Decor Ideas

Get creative with fall. Find unconventional crafts that you can complete with your family to make your fall home feel like you.

This project can be done on a rainy day. Click on the picture for a tutorial.

Visit Pinterest for more fall decor inspiration

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