I gnaw what you did last Halloween

Darwin the tortoise enjoying Halloween at Blackpool Zoo. Below: Clifton Lodge Nursery, Robyn Whiteside reads a story to Lyla Barnes & Mitchell Cookson and (bottom) one of Sea Life's new batfish.
Darwin the tortoise enjoying Halloween at Blackpool Zoo. Below: Clifton Lodge Nursery, Robyn Whiteside reads a story to Lyla Barnes & Mitchell Cookson and (bottom) one of Sea Life's new batfish.
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The spookiest day of the year is upon us and residents – as well as animals – across the Fylde coast have been getting ready for Halloween.

While nurseries are planning a range of eerie activities for their children, a few more unusual suspects are lining up to join in the fun.

Halloween at Clifton Lodge Nursery, Robyn Whiteside reads a story to Lyla Barnes and Mitchell Cookson.

Halloween at Clifton Lodge Nursery, Robyn Whiteside reads a story to Lyla Barnes and Mitchell Cookson.

He might be too old for trick or treating but Darwin the tortoise, at a sprightly 90 years of age, has been getting in the Halloween spirit at Blackpool Zoo.

He has been gladly gnawing away on pumpkins carved up especially for him.

At Clifton Lodge Nursery, in St Annes, children have been looking forward to dressing up today and taking part in various Halloween-themed activities.

Nursery manager Amy Nicolson said: “We’re doing all the old traditional things, like apple dipping

One of the new batfish that arrived at Sea Life, in Blackpool, in time for Halloween

One of the new batfish that arrived at Sea Life, in Blackpool, in time for Halloween

“And there’s a spooky walk through the nursery with boxes for the children to feel what’s inside.”

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Meanwhile, Sea Life in Blackpool has welcomed its creepiest new additions in time for the festivities.

Ten batfish, which are entirely black except for their illuminated yellow edging, have made the centre their new home and staff say the timing could not be better.

General manager Jenn Newton said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming our new spooky residents and introducing them to our new Ocean Tank.

“Halloween is all about joining in the fun and we love to welcome people in fancy dress. The team here enjoy dressing up for Halloween too so we’ll be donning bat wings and witches hats to join in the fun.”

The creatures can grow up to 50cm long and are typically found in large groups near to coral-rich areas.