VIDEO: Vampire Crabs and creepy carvings gear South Yorkshire up for Halloween

Although their names are fitting for the time of year, these tiny creature aren’t dressed up for Halloween.

The bright red Vampire Crabs have been proving a hit with visitors enjoying the Halloween Spooktacular event at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre.

Amy Harrison, Centre Assistant pictured with a Vampire Crab. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Vampire Crab MC 5

Amy Harrison, Centre Assistant pictured with a Vampire Crab. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Vampire Crab MC 5

But unlike their name might suggest, they do not feed on blood.

Instead it comes from the colour of their eyes and the fact they hunt at twilight.

A spokesman for the centre said: “The Vampire Crabs have gone down really well with visitors, no one has heard of them before nor seen bright red crabs before.

“It’s great to be able to bring new experiences to people.

Pumpkin carving at Heeley City Farm as part of the Halloween celebrations taking place this week'summer Garnett (6) and her specially carved witch lantern

Pumpkin carving at Heeley City Farm as part of the Halloween celebrations taking place this week'summer Garnett (6) and her specially carved witch lantern

“Visitors always comment on how many different species we have at the Tropical Butterfly House.”

People visiting the wildlife centre having also been able to take a haunted hayride through the Freaky Forest and come face to face with ghosts, ghouls and monsters in the run up to Halloween.

Meanwhile, children were busy carving their Halloween pumpkins, making spooky lanterns and taking part in other creepy crafts at Heeley City Farm, and young visitors donned their scariest costumes for an afternoon of scary fun at Whirlow Hall Farm.

Guests at a Sheffield hotel got a spooky surprise when the reception was taken over by a host of creepy pumpkin carvings.

Rafferty Bradley (l), six, and Etham Vernon, five at the Whirlow Hall Farm spooktacular event. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rafferty Bradley (l), six, and Etham Vernon, five at the Whirlow Hall Farm spooktacular event. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Hampton by Hilton hotel, in the city centre, challenged its guests, employees and the team from the adjacent Marco’s New York Italian restaurant to get creative with a pumpkin carving competition.

Hotel maintenance manager David Ramskill was crowned the winner with his extra gory design.

The pumpkin carving competition kicks off a Halloween-themed weekend at the hotel and restaurant.

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