A PUMPKIN carving competition at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port attracted more than 400 votes over the Hallowe’en weekend.
A total of 15 pumpkins were entered into the annual event, with Theresa Hughes’ recreation of an upside-down bat winning with 124 votes.
The competition was part of a series of fun activities during the aquarium’s Boo Planet Hallowe’en Spooktacular event.
Throughout the weekend, team members wore ghoulish fancy dress and there were regular Hallowe’en-themed performances in the Aquatheatre.
As well as the spooky staff, youngsters were also able to enjoy creepily close encounters with a variety of critters including glowing scorpions, giant spiders, cockroaches and millipedes.
Blue Planet’s Paul Renolds said: “We also placed a number of carved pumpkins into the giant ocean display where the fish, in particular the queen trigger fish, enjoyed nibbling on them throughout the four-day event.”
Over the weekend the aquarium also announced the winner of its ‘We Love Sharks’ competition, which attracted more than 700 entries.
The first prize of a Family Premium Pass was won by Angel Baines and her family, who live in Chester.