The days are getting shorter and a little cooler—even in Southern California. While it can sometimes feel like we don’t get traditional fall weather here in SoCal, you can get into the spirit with decor, recipes, and activities near your Shea home!
Decorate for the Season
Revamp your Shea home with some fun fall decor! Blankets, floral arrangements, and little items like pears or pumpkins can be a fun way to welcome the new season without feeling like you are completely redesigning your home’s interior
Warm tones and chunky knits
One of the best parts of the autumn season is decorating your home with all the fabulous fall textiles! Use warm-toned chunky knits and other woven textures in your home decor with pillows and blankets. Making your home feel welcoming and cozy is a great way to prepare for fall.
Here Comes the Sun
Sunflowers are in season in early autumn and are an easy way to add a pop of color to your interior design! The sunny yellow color and large blooms inspire feelings of creativity and cheerfulness in your home.
Out of our Gourd for Fall
Liven up your outdoor spaces by using popular in-season decorative elements like gourds, dried ears of corn, hay bales, and of course, pumpkins! Get the entire family together for a visit to the pumpkin patch and enjoy a carving day. If you don’t want the mess of carving, use acrylic paint or glitter to make fun designs on your pumpkins.
Flavors of Fall
There are plenty of delicious fall flavors to enjoy during this season, and we have curated some of the best for you to try! Pro tip: before cooking these tasty fall dishes in your gourmet kitchen, try visiting some of the amazing farmers' markets near your Shea home, where you can load up on fresh produce.
is a hearty and delicious meal that is easy to prepare beforehand and toss in the oven. Recipes use plenty of in-season ingredients, like carrots, potatoes, and sweet peas. It’s also incredibly easy to substitute different ground meats or meat alternatives and is a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes and veggies you already have in the fridge and pantry.
Autumn is officially soup season, so break out your blender for a smooth and creamy Butternut Squash soup
that uses delicious fall squash and savory spices. It makes a great meal for when the weather gets a little chillier.
An Apple a Day
Have a fun family day and try your hand at making your own applesauce
. All it takes is apples and whatever spices or sweeteners you prefer! Chop and boil the apples until soft, then add your spices and blend. Homemade applesauce also makes a great topper for pork and poultry.
Curl Up in Your Cozy Home for a Movie Night
There are plenty of great fall movies for your next family movie night or a movie night under the stars with friends. If you are looking for family-friendly flicks that everyone can enjoy, try a fall classic like Hocus Pocus or Coraline. For a film that oozes autumn chills, settle in with the fantastic who-dun-it, Knives Out, and challenge your fellow watchers to figure out who the killer is first! Looking for a more romantic film? Enjoy the changing leaves in New York City that serve as the dreamy backdrop for When Harry Met Sally. Of course, no autumn movie list is complete without a classic horror movie, like the original Halloween. Have an old-school movie night and enjoy the thrills and chills with Laurie Strode
Classic Fall Activities Around Your Shea Home
Living in your Shea home in Southern California means you are minutes away from these exciting fall activities:
Join an Oktoberfest Celebration
Prost! Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Biergarten in Old World Huntington Beach
. Enjoy different beers and ciders, “O'zapft is,” all the wursts, and other German fare the festival has to offer!
Pick Perfect Pumpkins
Peruse the seasonal offerings with a visit to the pumpkin patch! At Tanaka Farms
in Irvine, your family can enjoy pumpkin picking, wagon rides around the farm, a petting zoo, and a corn maze. You can also enjoy the flavors of the season at the Tanaka Grill and Market Stand where you can purchase items such as decor, snacks, and fresh produce!
Spooky Season 'tis Upon Us
Ready for Halloween already? Get into the spooky mood with a ghost tour of Orange County. Learn about the area’s history and some of its favorite spectral residents! Tours are offered in Old Towne Orange, Fullerton, and Santa Ana.
Welcome to Halloween Town!
Enjoy all the fall feelings at Anaheim’s Fall Festival and Halloween Parade
. Children under the age of 12 are invited to come in costume and take part in the Kiddie Costume Contest! Enjoy exciting floats, delish treats, and plenty of spooks and scares.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the new season, your Shea home offers everything you need to celebrate, from spacious great rooms to gourmet kitchens and more. For more fall and decor inspiration, check out more blogs on our website
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