Arizona is known for being hot, but what you may not know is that it gets pretty spooky in October! Read on to see how to celebrate Halloween in Arizona.
I was feeling a little bummed out last week. Fall is my favorite time of year…I love the flavors, the sweater weather and changing leaves. Problem is, I live in Arizona…in the desert. I’m still wearing flip flops and our trees are all ever greens because any other tree would die a quick fiery death. Add almost stepping on a scorpion to the mix and I wasn’t what you would call a happy camper. I’m not one to mope for long, so I searched around for Halloween activities to do in the deserts of Arizona.
First off, we decorated our yard. I really love the way it turned out, but my favorite was the skeleton sticking out of the ground. That was my husband’s idea…and it’s something you can only do if you have rocks in your yard. I call that a win for the desert!
Also, spider webs stick really well to stucco. Which is lucky because you can’t find a house here that isn’t stucco. This spider is also amazing. We got it at Target and it has lasted through two huge wind and rain storms and didn’t even budge. And yes, we do get rain sometimes.
There are actually a lot of Halloween activities to do here, but I chose to go to the Carefree Pumpkin Garden. It’s just north of Scottsdale. The scenery is gorgeous in the Carefree Desert Garden, plus the famous Pumpkin Carver Ray Villafane was there carving pumpkins and had some on display.
He carves all of these by hand and you can watch him carve while you look around the gardens. I’ve actually been following his work for a while, so I was so excited to see the pumpkins in person…it did NOT disappoint. He’s such an amazing artist!
They have all these whimsical pumpkins set up and my kids loved it! This is them pretending to be asleep like this cute pumpkin.
It was seriously the perfect day. The weather was great (and yes, we were wearing shorts and t-shirts), we went to eat Coconuts Fish Tacos (the BEST fish tacos ever), went to wholefoods and had an hors d’eourves dinner and took a walk after it rained.
I actually love Arizona and despite the heat and scorpions…and lack of orange leaves, I’m glad I call this home!
What do you do for Halloween in your town?