Views of the Neighborhood – Halloween Spirit

Today we are going to cruise the neighborhood and see what kind of decorations are up for Halloween. This year the focus will be on skeletons but there are a few others too. We are catered by Julies Noodles of Austin. Since our temperatures have dipped to below 80 degrees we need warm-up food. Our entertainment is the Bobby Pickett vintage appearance on Dick Clark’s show

Menu
HANDMADE NOODLES 手工汤面
Lamb Stewed Noodle Soup 羊肉烩面
Beef Stewed Noodle Soup 牛肉面
Noodles with Meat and Bean Sauce 炸酱面
Pork Chopped Noodles Soup 排骨面
Chicken Stewed Noodles Soup 鸡腿肉汤面
Eggs and Tomatoes Noodles 鸡蛋番茄面
Veggie Noodles Soup 素汤面
Wonton Noodles Soup 馄饨面
Seafood Noodle Soup 海鲜面
Spicy Beef Noodle 麻辣肥牛面
Spicy Beef Suan Tsai Noodles 酸菜肥牛面

So jump on the Halloween bus and let’s go.

Our first display is a basketball slam-dunk gone awry.

Greetings from the grassland.

Everlasting fishing trip with surfboard.

Swim and talk.

Welcome, all.

Greetings.

Whole house display.

Witchy witch.

Dad, kids, and dogs.

Speaking of dogs. Looks like trouble.

A homemade decoration that is a jack-o-lantern (I guess)

Yup, a transfusion and will be good as new.

We call this the Halloween house for obvious reasons.

An elaborate display. (This is a single residence)

Same by night.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and hope you have a Happy Halloween and a great week. Have some food and enjoy the music.

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

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  1. Oh, but that takes a little getting used to this year, doesn’t it? 😉 So many skeletons after such a dry summer. The menu is fantastic as always, John! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your Sunday! xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. Enjoy your Sunday as well. 😁

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  2. I’d jump on that Halloween bus in a minute!

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    1. Ha ha ha. It seemed perfect for the tour. Thanks, Linda.

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  3. I’ll try the seafood noodle soup. I like the fishing crew. Obviously they were told to wait for the tide to come in, eh?

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    1. I think they were told to wait and with the drought we can see what happened. 😁. I liked your Happy Halloween picture. Thanks. 😊

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      1. 🎃👻👍

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  4. I hope that bus gets us where we want to go. LOL Happy Halloween, John

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    1. Pretty iffy. Thanks, Joan.

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  5. I had a hard time scrolling past the list of noodles. They all sound delicious. This was a spooktacular tour, John! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you and the family a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I wish you and yours a peaceful Sunday as well.

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  6. I love the new bus. Should we check for snakes before boarding?

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    1. And bats. Big bat population here.

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  7. Love the creative use of skeleton decorations.

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    1. I thought so as well, Charles. Thanks

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  8. As Halloween decorations go, these are pretty good!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. I’m getting the impression this is not your favorite holiday.

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      1. You’re welcome, John. You are correct that Halloween is not my favorite holiday.

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  9. Our five year old granddaughter is all about all things creepy. She has a life size plastic skeleton she named ‘Skellie’ that she loves to play with. She would love all these decorations! The music choice is perfect, too. Have a great Sunday, John.

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. You as well.

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  10. That was a scary ride. I know this outing was fun.

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    1. Sorry about the tire blow out. lucky we had a spare. Thanks, Molly Shea.

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  11. Wow, I think you have as many skellies cleverly displayed as are in my ‘Hood. It amazes me the sheer number of this kind of decor…you need a special house just to store those things! Happy ‘Howl-oween’ Eve. 👻 🎃

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    1. That one house has four skellies over eight feet tall. I don’t know where they put them. Happy Halloween, Monika. Thanks for the visit.

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      1. There’s one house near my house that has 21 regular sized skellies and one of those 12 ft. colosis skellies. And that doesn’t count the vultures, fish, and pet dog! There are enough to take up all the space in a large garage! Incredible to me. When I started to add up just the cost of all their guys, I was gobsmacked!

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      2. I can’t believe the costs either.

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  12. Great decorations! Happy Halloween to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. Happy Halloween to you and yours as well.

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  13. Loved the witch! You certainly have neighbors who like to celebrate Halloween!

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    1. Thanks Noelle. The neighbors seem to like this holiday.

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  14. Ha! I was a little worried at first glance, because of that tour bus, John. But I know you better than that. Appropriately enough, the skeletons slay me! Thanks for a terrific Halloween tour. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. The bus is sound no matter the appearance. Hugs , Teagan

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  15. Looks like great fun! All treats!! Have a fabulous Halloween.

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    1. Great fun for sure. Thanks Annette

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  16. Delicious choices of noodles, perfect tune and I have to admit I am loving the Skellie thing that is going on all over the place now. Some people are so creative!
    Happy Sunday, John.

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    1. Thank you, Dale. 😁

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  17. Wow… the displays in your area are amazing. The skeletons rule! And the bus is extraordinary. I love today’s neighborhood tour! Happy Halloween to you and yours!🦇 🎃🦇

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I’m glad you enjoyed it 😁

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  18. love! saw some great ones yesterday but i was too lazy to get out of the car.. 🤣 What kind of a trainer is that! 🤣

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    1. Could you give me a little more information Cindy?

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      1. I was driving through Sebastopol and they had amazing houses but I was on a time schedule. 🎃

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      2. Ah I see. I used to live in the town of Sonoma so I have been to Sebastopol.

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      3. Sonoma is lovely. Sebastopol is a funky relaxed town to visit. ❣️

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      4. Yes. It’s been that way for a long time.

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  19. Excellent, John. I marvel at the enthusiasm in your neighborhood. Boy, Dick Clark really turned that Bandstand gig into quite a career. I forwarded Monster Mash to our son. His bday is Halloween as our his twin kids

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    1. Duck Clark did create an empire. All those births on Halloween? My goodness

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  20. The wonton soup was delicious and the skeleton tour was great fun! Fine way to start off the Sunday! I had to laugh, when I read that since the temps have dropped below 80° we need warm-up food! Here, we don’t need warm-up food until it’s in the 50s! But then, we don’t see 100° all summer, either! Enjoyed the trip … thanks, John!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the soup, Jill. Yes we think of anything below 8o as time to think about winter clothes and food. Thanks for coming along.

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      1. I enjoyed it so much … it was a much-needed geteaway!

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  21. Hi John, I am always bowled over by the enthusiasm of Americans to decorate. What wonderful displays. The last one is better at night.

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    1. I agree on the night shot, Robbie.

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  22. So many skeletons on display! There must be a lot of empty closets in the neighborhood. 🙂

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Tim.

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  23. People are getting so creative with their Halloween decorations. These were great!
    Now about that bus… glad it only makes an appearance once a year.

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    1. Ha ha ha. The inside is quite delux though.

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  24. No “bones” about it, this was a great way to spend Halloween Eve. The skeleton hanging off the hoop made me lol. All these folks look like they definitely are in the spirit of the season, celebrating all the spirits around us. Thanks for the tour, John.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you liked the post, Bruce.

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  25. there are a lot of dead people in your neck of the woods, John. I hope it’s not the soup…

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    1. Could be the soup I suppose. One skeleton told me.”Seriously soup runs right through me”

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      1. Oh very drole!

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  26. I love the bones on this tour, Boss.

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    1. Tried to make it all bones but there were a couple of interesting things to see.

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      1. You ain’t kidding.

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  27. The painful lockdown experience is over these creatures, dear John! Skeleton dogs seems to be an interesting trend to develop. Happy Samhain/Halloween, dear John! 🍤🍤🍤🍺🍺🍺 Let the whisky and ale make the feast warmer.🙂

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    1. Thank you, Maria. 😁

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  28. The flying purple witch is my favorite. And, that purple house always has something interesting. I remember the Monster Mash like it was yesterday and can do the dance. Thanks for the neighborhood tour!

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    1. Glad you liked the tour, Jennie.

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  29. Love the bus and the transfusion. Spicy Beef Noodle For me.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Dan

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  30. This certainly puts me in the mood for Halloween, John! Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Thanks for going along, Jan

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  31. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Great photos! Have a Happy Halloween, John!

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    1. You as well, Pete.

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  32. Wow, your neighborhood goes all in, doesn’t it, John?! Loved the display at ‘The Creek’ residence, particularly the night view. Ghoulishly good. Happy Halloween! 🎃👻👻👻

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Happy Halloween to you. 🎃

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  33. These are awesome! I can’t even choose a favorite. Thanks for the tour, John, and Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thank you, Teri. Happy Halloween 🎃

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  34. LOL!! I loved the endless fishing trip, and the dog treeing that skellie. Great fun! Thanks for the tour. 👻🎃🦴

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    1. Thanks for going along, Deborah. 🎃

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  35. I want the bus.

    Hey, a little paint….

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    1. The inside is delux.

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  36. I know I’m a day late, John, but I’m really glad I stopped by. I just can’t believe how the folks in your neighborhood take a theme and run with it! What GREAT decorations! So much fun!! I loved them all, especially the dachshund skeletons! Too cute! And I even watched the entire Monster Mash video, remembering every word of that silly ol’ song!

    Super fun post! Thank you for the smiles!

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    1. I’m glad you could make it, Marcia. 🎃

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  37. What a cool neighbourhood!
    I’ll have the Veggie noodle soup.
    I haven’t heard this song in ages. I always thought Boris Karloff was singing it.
    🎃👸🏻 🎃👸🏻 🎃👸🏻 🎃👸🏻 🎃👸🏻 🎃👸🏻 🎃👸🏻 🎃👸🏻 🎃👸🏻

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    1. Bobby does a good job with it. Veggie noodle it is. 🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻 🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻 🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻🐨🤴🏻

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      1. Is he related to Boris? 😂
        💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋

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      2. 😂 💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋 🥃

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      3. Yes, 10 mins. and I can have an early wine. Aaaarrrrggghh. I have to finish dishes first!
        Okay, 1/2 an hour! Once I get off the computer. Person could get stuck here.
        Yet another emoji let down. No bottle of glue! Or sticky tape?
        Okay, kisses and wine then!
        💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷

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      4. I’ll take both.💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷💋🍷

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      5. 🐂💋🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🐂💋

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      6. 🐂💋🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🐂💋 So now you should go and get that wine.

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      7. Got it!!!! Made pasta sauce, too! Even put wine in the sauce! 🐂💋🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🐂💋

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      8. Whooo Wee. Yum 🐂💋🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🐂💋

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      9. IKR!
        It was deelish!
        I hear the call. I need to draw! OXOXOX

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      10. 😁 🐂💋🐂💋

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      11. It’s crazy how I draw myself into corners!
        ox ox ox (that ox got up to #2 again!)

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      12. I think it’s great that you do draw. 🐂💋🐂 🐂💋🐂

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      13. Just started a few years ago… with drawings of Holly’s characters (Boogapony, PBH, RR, AGM Holly) then the AGMs, Dale, Marina, Gi, Shey and Holly.
        The girls really inspire me. Muses, I suppose.
        Gowns, I love drawing gowns.
        I suppose this is why I keep getting Monster commissions. Turns out I draw a good monster. Who knew?
        🐂💋🐂 🐂💋🐂

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      14. Love those monster commissions 🐂💋🐂 🐂💋🐂

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  38. People really get creative with skeletons. I liked the one in a wheelchair and the purple witch. Make sure the girls get some treats!

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    1. Thank you, Joe. Those were two good ones. Happy Halloween 🎃

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  39. Some awesome ideas for yard decorating next year!

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    1. Yes they are. Thanks for the visit.

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  40. Lol, loved the neighborhood decorations – and the chicken noodle stew too. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Debby. Thank you.

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  41. I’m not sure about that bus, John, any spiders crawling around inside? 🙂 What a fun display and such a perfect song for the occasion! Happy belated Halloween! 🎃👻

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Happy belated Halloween to you. 🎃

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