Views of the Neighborhood – Halloween

We had a cold front move in for Halloween. My photos this week show islanders bundled up like they are in Alaska.  This weekend had two Halloween events pictured here. The first is the annual sand pumpkin carving event. The second is the Trunk or Treat event held in the park. I hope you like them.


Port Aransas Beach

The lifeguard was on duty even though it was fifty degrees.

A view of a professional rendering of pumpkins on the beach.

Pumpkins on the beach

Kids and a mom carving the sand pumpkins.

Pumpkins on the Beach

A couple of youngsters getting started.

Pumpkins on the Beach

A different technique.

Pumpkins on the Beach

A boy and his dad.

Pumpkins on the Beach

Mom and Cowboy fan.

Port A Strong

More reminders of how we feel.

Cowboy fan

The Cowboy fan agrees.

Pumpkins on the Beach

Old glory is never too far away these days. A reminder us of how fortunate we are to live here.

Now for the Trunk and Treat which took place in the late afternoon. You can tell by the long shadows.

Our department of Parks and Recreation is the best.

You can see how it works. Folks have their trunks full of goodies.

There are also freshly grilled hamburgers.

This couple had a well decorated golf cart.

Speaking of pirates.Nice crew.

A shot of children getting treats at a picnic shelter.

Some of the goodies.

A huge castle for jumping.

Little duckies with gift numbers.

The biggest bounce house on the planet.

Happy Halloween from the island.



  1. Fifty degrees? That’s ten Celcius. We’re doing better than that (just, and only for the next few days, I expect). Nice to see people enjoying themselves, all the same.

    1. We will be back in the 80’s tomorrow. Thanks, Keith.

  2. Good pictures, John. Some things seem like they’re getting back to normal. Happy Halloween! 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Yes. Thank you, Suzanne. 😀

  3. The best place to be, dear John! Happy Halloween! Sand Pumpkins have impressed me so much! I’ve never seen anything similar before!

    1. Thanks, Marie. We do them every year. 😀

      1. 🙂 Great idea!

  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    Great photos, John. I love the sand pumpkins and the joy in the children’s faces. Port Aransas may still be rebuilding but its heart is thriving. Happy Halloween!

    1. I think so as well, Gwen. It is good to see. Thank you. 🙂

  5. What great fun, John. The weather reminds a little of the time we went to the island of Cyprus one December. There we were sat out in the sunshine in shorts and short-sleeved shirts, while Islanders had big coats, hats and scarfs on. It was mid-60s. Perfect summer weather here in Wales.
    Happy Halloween. 🎃

    1. I know. It got up to 68 but we still had on long pants and a jacket. 😀 Thanks, Hugh.

  6. I’m glad you guys can brace yourselves against the cold and enjoy the sand and spirit.

    1. It got up to 68 degrees but that is way too cold for us. 80’s on Monday which is more like it. Thanks, Dan

      1. I’m visiting a friend in Chicago, John. Hard freeze last night, but you have my sympathy.

      2. I used to live there. Sometimes a freeze on Halloween.

      3. This was their first cold-snap. Just for me 🙂

      4. You should be honored.

  7. I always love these posts, John. Seeing everyone out and about, enjoying their community is wonderful. The pumpkins are great, but I’m not liking the Cowboy fan…just the hat, the cute little boy is okay. 🙂 Go Redskins! Happy Sunday.

    1. Ha ha ha. Of course go Redskins. But not in Texas.

  8. Brrr! Sounds chilly – hope there was lots of pumpkin soup to warm you all up before you tackled the candy! 😛

    1. We headed to the pasta after. Good thing we have 80 degrees on Monday. I don’t think we could stand it for too long. Thanks, Jan

  9. Looks like a lot of fun. Didn’t know you guys got cold fronts in Texas. Hope it warms up.

    1. Ha ha ha. Two days. Back to 80 degrees on Monday.

      1. Just in time for Halloween. 🎃

      2. Yup. Maybe rain. When does it never rain on Halloween.

      3. Every couple years. At least around here.

  10. This is a wonderful Sunday stroll, John. I couldn’t imagine what a “trunk” or treat would be. What a fabulous idea! I loved the sand pumpkins too. Hugs for the new week.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Big hug for the week.

  11. Wow! We’ll be lucky to see 80 degrees next June! Great shots, John. Happy Halloween!

  12. Looks like great fun for the whole community.

    1. It was. Thanks, Jan

  13. Good morning, John,
    It’s so good to see that Port A is keeping its spirits up! Looks like great – even if cold – weather. Typical at the back of a cold front, isn’t it?
    Here, we just had quite a cold night. The nearest weather station, about a mile away, still had 32 at 8:20 this morning!
    Enjoy your Sunday, and stay warm,

    1. Hill country for sure.

  14. Love these, John. We’re doing a Trunk or Treat here, too. Probably a better idea than sending kids door to door. As for the chilly temps, just wait a bit — you’ll rebound nicely, I’m predicting. And I so love the shot of the sun glistening on the water!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. Supposed to be in the eighties tomorrow.

  15. Wonderful, John. Thank you for the many photos. Happy Halloween! 🎃

    1. Happy Halloween, Jennie. 🙂

  16. John, this is an amazing event. Thanks for sharing. I loved the sand pumpkins.

    1. Thanks, Michelle.

  17. Those sand sculptures always amaze me – looks like a fun weekend!

    1. Yes it was. Thanks, Teri

  18. Looks like another really fun event despite the cold front! That jumpy house slide looked fun!

    1. I imagine it was. There was a lot of laughing in there.

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