Views of the Neighborhood – A Taste of Halloween

Hello. Today we are going to go out and find a taste of Halloween. Some may say it’s too early, but I can tell you, Lakeway goes all out for Halloween, and to see it all, we will have to make a few trips.

We are being catered by Cafe No Se in Austin. Yes, they have catered to us before, but we all liked their simple menu and terrific food. We also have invited Fleetwood Mac to play.

Menu

  • avocado toast, soft boiled egg, crème fraîche, arugula, Aleppo carrots
  • smoked salmon bagel, salmon, hard-boiled egg, pickled onion, tomato, caper scallion cream cheese, everything bagel
  • lemon-ricotta hotcakes, apple-thyme chutney, pecan butter, maple syrup
  • café scramble, roasted wild mushrooms, Fresno pepper, spinach, fresh ricotta, sourdough toast
  • sweet potato hash, two sunny eggs, crispy pork belly, kimchi, mustard greens, jalapeño, kale
  • cowboy breakfast, two sunny eggs, bacon, confit pork, borracho beans, tomato, roasted jalapeño, cilantro butter

Picture of an old time school bus

Let’s get going.

Let’s start with our old pals, the flamingos. There are orange and black versions.

A cute ceramic pumpkin on the mailbox.

A real pumpkin on the mailbox. Here in Texas, you don’t carve pumpkins until the last minute. The heat causes them to rot quickly.

A Talavera pumpkin is on the mailbox.

You may recognize the hand in this display of gourds.

The mushroom with seasonal enhancements.

Another Talavera ceramic with pumpkin.

A quick nod to the fall.

This ceramic bird looks a little upset. It might be the laughable cape or the construction noise next door. In any case, I took the photo quickly and ran.

A spider octopus or an octopus spider.

An armadillo skeleton who is obviously carrying a grudge. He shoulda have kept off the road.

Ah, a real hairy scary spider. I’ll bet the mailperson loves this.

So there is a taste of Halloween. There is more to come. So for today, sit back and enjoy the food and music. I hope you all have a great week.

103 comments

  1. Can’t wait to see what you and The Producer do to decorate, John!

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    1. We are the Howard and Helen Hughes of Halloween. Trick and treaters are few and far between plus the dogs go nuts with door visitors.

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      1. 😂😂 That is the best comment I have read this week, John!

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      2. 🤣 Thank you, Lori.

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  2. A great start to the Halloween season. a fantastic menu and great musical accompaniment. I can’t help but wonder if your coach will be pulled by skeleton horses looking to collect the spirits of the dead.
    Hugs

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    1. Hahaha. Nope, the coach is pulled by 350 horses. (All virtual) Thanks, David. I’m glad you enjoyed our tour today.

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  3. Dear John,
    in our area Halloween is not such a big thing. We drove around to visit a library and a bookfair yesterday but we didn’t see any Halloween decorations – it’s a pity. Especially Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma love a little shudder. But they sell pumpkins everywhere here now – but the traditional soup.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. That armadillo skeleton is the best!

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    1. I thought so too. Thanks, Linda.

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  5. Looks like this spreads quickly, John. I like the orange and black flamingos. I’ll be sensible today and go with the smoked salmon bagel.

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    1. Good choice, Dan. I like those flamingos too.

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  6. I got up late, so I won’t be having breakfast, but I enjoyed our first Halloween tour. Those spiders are certainly Daddy Looong Legs for sure!!
    Thanks, John. 🎃

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    1. Got up late? Well okay. Thank you, GP.

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  7. I like the Talavera pumpkin and the laughing ceramic pumpkin.

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    1. I liked those too. Thanks, Liz. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  8. The way time passes so quickly, I guess it’s never too early. Last week, while driving to work I noticed a house with Christmas lights! I like the big spider and the web. Great song choice! Enjoy your Sunday, John.

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    1. Enjoy your Sunday as well, Jill. I think Christmas lights are a little early. Maybe that’s just me though. 😊

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  9. I love the Talavera pumpkin the best. No chance of it rotting too soon. A great Fleetwood Mac tune. Thanks. Have a great day.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. I always liked this Fleetwood Mac song. I remember in the early 70s while working in Chicago I used to pass the Fleetwood Mac airplane sitting at a private hanger at O’Hair airport. I always wondered what it would be like to ride with those guys.

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  10. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Your neighborhood knows how to have fun! Thanks for the tour, John, and the delightful close with Fleetwood Mac. In my part of the world, just about everyone has a dog, so I don’t know if there will be many Halloween visitors. Other than one artificial pumpkin, I’ve not seen any decorations. 🎃

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    1. Our neighborhood didn’t have any kids until this year. I think we will still go dark on Halloween. Twiggy can’t stand visitors. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday, Gwen

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  11. Great decorations. Love the armadillo skeleton. Wish all areas had regional skeleton decorations. Think we’d have squirrels here.

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    1. I think that would be cute.

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  12. All those decorated mailboxes are interesting to me.

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    1. I’m glad, Tim. They are to me too.😊

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  13. I’ll have the cafe scramble, please. The bird with the cape is hilarious. And of course, can never go wrong with Fleetwood Mac.

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    1. That bird cracked me up as well. You are right about Fleetwood Mac

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  14. Gonna have that cafe scramble today, John. I love the armadillo! I used to have a baby armadillo – pickled of course – in my lab. I understand they are born in sets of nine?

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    1. I did not know that. Thanks, Noelle. 😁

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  15. I guess decorating a mailbox is almost mandatory. It’s fun! I like the hand on the gourds. Thanks for the view of the neighborhood.

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    1. You are welcome, Jennie. You are busy today.

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      1. I am! It’s great to catch up.

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  16. I like the spiders, John. As I haven’t been around the neighbourhood in the last few days, I don’t know which – if any – Halloween decorations are out.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. Did you guys go to Sandfest?

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      1. No, we’ve never been to Sandfest yet. But we have it on our bucket list. For now, we’d like to return later in the year to hopefully watch some Whooping Cranes.

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      2. The crines are interesting for sure. Take a guided tour so you get a chance to see them.

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I love seeing Halloween decorations 🙂 what a fun tour and with amazing and entertainment ! I’m inspired to go explore our areas decorations.

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    1. That would be fun for sure.

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  18. As always, I’m impressed with the way your neighborhood gets into the spirit of whatever is going on. And I love the brick mailboxes that give everyone such a perfect place to display a seasonal greeting. Super fun, John! Oh, and maybe the red cape is a Halloween costume & that big bird is cleverly disguised as Superman! 😄

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    1. I think you have the bird deal figured out. Thanks, Marcia.

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  19. I like the mushroom, but the “quick nod to the fall” made me giggle. Could they spare it, huh?!? Thanks for letting us tag along on your outing — I always enjoy seeing your neck of the woods.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Yes I thought that display was a little sparse.

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  20. Impressive exhibition, dear John! You have a real pumpkin town! 🙂

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    1. Yes we do. Thank you, Maria.

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  21. Oh, John, you’ve made my mouth water with that menu:). Hotcakes, pls. After all, it’s Sunday and damn the no-carb rule. Your neighbors are putting me to shame. I’ve yet to find Halloween decorations as my old ones gave out and supply chain issues seem to be making the local store shelves a bit empty. Love to see the holiday spirit in your neighborhood . . .

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    1. These guys go nuts around here. Wait until you see the displays. The food is all virtual so it cnanot cause harm.

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  22. I say bring it on! We don’t decorate outside but I did put up a Talavera pumpkin inside. Our new next door neighbors have had decorations up for over a week. I love the armadillo skeleton! The cowboy breakfast was great.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour.

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  23. Such a fun holiday:)

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    1. It does seem that way

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  24. It’s fun to see everyone decorating their mailboxes. Lol. I love the Talavera pumpkin and skull, John, but have to say the armadillo skeleton is my fav. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. I liked them all. The armidillo was a head turner.

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  25. Your neighborhood is so fun and festive, John. Love the photos and those lemon-ricotta hotcakes sound sinfully delicious. This morning my husband and I went out for coffee and drove by a house with HUGE spiders all over it. We’ve never seen anything like it, so I took some photos trying to be inconspicuous. I wish I could insert them here for you to see. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your day.

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    1. It does sound like it would be worth seeing.

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  26. Love that big flat pumpkin under the hand. Would be a challenge to carve.

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    1. Yes. MIght be a funny looking jack O’ Lantern too.

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  27. Once the calendar hits October 1 I am all about Halloween decorations. Really loved the spiders in this round and that amazing armadillo skeleton.

    We don’t have armadillos in PA, but they fascinate me to no end. This is a new spin on them, LOL. Thanks for the tour, John!

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    1. Thanks for going along, Mae. 😊

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  28. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    My favorite holiday—I love all the creativity. I do miss getting dressed up with my students. Dressing up at home just doesn’t do it for me.

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    1. If it did, someone might recommend counseling. Thanks, Pete. 😊

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      1. petespringerauthor · ·

        🤣

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  29. The decorations are starting here, too. Seems every day there is another new one put up. I rather like the effort others make 🙂

    Hope you had a lovely Sunday!

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    1. I did. Thank you, Dale. Hope you did as well.

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      1. I did, John, thanks! 🙂

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  30. Love the decorations, but my favorite is the arm with the gourds. This can’t surprise you.

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  31. What a great trip around the neighborhood to get me in the Halloween spirit! The bird with the cape made me laugh. He does not look too happy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for coming along, Jan

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  32. It’s looking like fall and Halloween in your neighborhood. Fun!! I like the spider on the mailbox, and that grumpy bird with red cape. That was funny.

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    1. I enjoyed it too, Deborah.

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    1. Thank you, Michael

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  33. Fantastic! Your neighborhood is very inventive, John! Keep them save! 😉 xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael

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  34. I love American pumpkins, John, they are so different from our flat, white pumpkins [which you cannot carve]. I like the spider decorations best.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie.

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  35. Love the armadillo John and how great that the community is getting in to the spirit so early.. we all need something festive to cheer us up… thanks for sharing…hugsx

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    1. The armadillo was my favorite too.

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  36. Very scary ‘hood, John. I like the spiders. Oh, I’ll take a gamble on the scramble…

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  37. […] Head over to enjoy the other Halloween preparations in John’s neck of the woods: Views of the Neighbourhood, a taste of Halloween […]

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  38. I loved your Halloween tour, usic and especially the menu. Just hold the avocado. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Debby.

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  39. I had never seen an armadillo skeleton before. Only in Texas!

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    1. Yup. This is the place.

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      1. Man, you guys are the end all.

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  40. alexcraigie · · Reply

    Still shuddering after that last picture! Loved these.

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    1. Thank you, Alex.

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  41. I have never lived anywhere where Halloween is truly celebrated…I love seeing all the lovely and creepy Halloween images from blog land…The large spider one is cool and that menu sounds delicious…the crispy pork especially and the ???? I would be there every day if they were near me…lovey post and images, John 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Carol. We have some fabulous restaurants here in Austin. People are very serious about their food. They like Halloween too. 😁

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      1. That’s good to hear, John that menu sounded fabulous and so tasty 🙂

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  42. Thanks for the tour, John.

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    1. Thanks for coming along, Mark

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  43. Great food, great music, and some great doses of the Halloween season. It being my favorite time of the year, I especially enjoyed your post, John. Thanks for taking us on the journey with you!

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    1. Thank you for going along, Mar.

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