Stone Oak family wins Halloween by giving skeletons a hilarious new theme per day


SAN ANTONIO – The funny bones of this Stone Oak family are making the whole neighborhood laugh this Halloween.

The Dinotes are going beyond (the grave) this year changing their epic skeleton displays with a new theme every day.

Couple yoga. A Bob Ross painting session. A rock group. A construction crew working at a dead end.

These are just a few of the “humerus” themes created so far, but there is no shortage of ideas, said Steven Dinote. His family have a list of ideas going, around 50 so far, and he says some are “pretty radical.”

“The people are excited, the neighbors are excited because they are funny,” he said. “It’s a family affair that we do, the kids always have new ideas, most of the ideas come from the kids. “

The family started their Halloween hobby last year after jokingly leaning a skeleton against a lawn mower.

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Then they started changing the themes around their two skeletons – and they were a hit.

“We hadn’t realized how popular it has become… we had neighbors suddenly walk up and say ‘We love your display, we’re voluntarily changing our walks just to see what you’ve got.’ , Dinote said.

Now they have four adults, a child, a dog, and a piranha-like fish. Assembling each morning takes about 20 minutes and maybe a little prep work the night before.

Dinote’s 9-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter help set up the displays on weekends or days off, he says.

Neighbor Oscar Carrero said he remembers the “joy” the family brought last year during the 40s era and shared images of this year’s creations on KSAT Connect.

Carrero said that upon seeing the first theme of couples yoga, he “almost broke my guts with laughter.”

A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)

“After seeing her first exhibit, I thought everyone needed to see this.”

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After the photos were uploaded to KSAT Connect, meteorologist Mike Osterhage showed the messages on Good Morning San Antonio, to the family’s surprise.

Dinote said throughout October that cars and school buses pulled over to get a glimpse.

“We’re just having fun with it, at least we’ve probably slowed the traffic down a bit,” he said.

The family’s favorite theme is the Bob Ross theme, he said, but his son would probably say roller coasters are the best.

That day, the skeletons were riding the “Bone Crusher” at the “One Flag” theme park.

A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)

Dinote said their family had a great sense of humor and they always joked. If they can make a person smile, that’s good enough for them, he said.

“We receive a lot of people who come to thank us and bring a little joy. We had one person who said that there is so much negative stuff in the news that everyone is bitter towards each other and it makes the day just for them to come and see some humor ”, did he declare. “If that helps, it makes us happy. “

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“I think people sometimes forget to have a sense of humor. It is important that we have to look past all the negative things out there at this time. “

A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)
A skeleton on display outside the Dinote family home. The family changes the Halloween theme every day. (Courtesy of Oscar Carrero)

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