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Celebrate Halloween with these Fun Family Events

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 14, 2016

Halloween Pumpkins
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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While much of the country is still digging out from a cold and snowy winter, we Arizonans are gearing up for some serious fun in the sun. From outdoor concerts to festivals and spring training, there are a whole lot of outdoor activities to get excited about.

Get your tickets to the Good Life Festival 
The Good Life FestivalPhoto credit: Good Life Festival

Food trucks, a vendor village, and a concert by the Band Perry are a few reasons why you won’t want to miss the popular Good Life Festival, taking place on March 5 at our very own Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley. While you’re there, be sure to stroll through the model homes for music and wine tasting. Tickets are available at thegoodlifefest.com

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden 
Desert Botanical GardenPhoto credit: Desert Botanical Garden

Escape from reality and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden. Start with an iced tea and bite to eat at Gertrude’s, then stroll the garden at your leisure. If you haven’t yet experienced the Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at the Desert Botanical Garden installation, it’s not too late. Just be sure you visit before its last day on February 27.

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4 Must-Do Denver Activities

by Shea Homes on October 20, 2015

Things to do in DenverLooking for the perfect getaway destination? Denver, Colorado, is a wonderful mix of eclectic cultural charm and adventurous outdoor activity. Whether you come to tour some the city’s many historical sites, or to experience Colorado’s picturesque natural environment, there are many unique treasures enjoy. Read on for our list of locations to explore and activities to do in Denver and its surrounding areas – as recommended by Colorado natives!

1. Soak in the Colorado Landscape

Ready to be immersed in Colorado’s breathtaking scenery? Enter the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and be swept off your feet by the majestic rock formations and stunning views of the Pikes Peak region. From biking, hiking, and rock climbing activities, to guided park tours and unique museum exhibits, the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center offers adventure to all ages – and admission is free!
Garden of the Gods, Colorado

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5 Places to See when Visiting Houston

by Shea Homes on August 18, 2015

Things to do in Houston, Texas.Have vacation on the brain? If you’re headed to the great state of Texas and looking for a city full of activity, Houston is a prime location. When it comes to travel-bucket-list items and fun things to explore, Houston, and its surrounding areas, have a ton for visitors – and residents – to experience.

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6 San Diego Neighborhoods You Need to Explore

July 28, 2015




If you’ve ever been to, or lived in, San Diego, there are certain things you’ve definitely done and places you’ve visited; the pandas at the San Diego Zoo, the seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, ate a burrito in Old Town, swam in the Pacific, and had a cocktail at a Downtown lounge. […]

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No Labor on Labor Day – Fun things to do in AZ for the long weekend

August 29, 2014




Travel Where: Flagstaff Who: Family Friendly As the summer heat continues here in Arizona, many of you are probably thinking of staying in for Labor Day. Although this may be an option, there are many things to do that could get you out and about while staying cool. Whether it’s about the kids, spending time […]

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Explore and celebrate the beautiful offerings of AZ in 2013

January 11, 2013




Make 2013 the year that you explore Arizona and see how culturally and climate diverse our beautiful state is! Start the year off right with healthy eating, fun celebrity concerts and visiting one of the seven natural Wonders of the World!  Whether with friends, family or your personal trainer…these Top 5 Best Things to Do […]

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