Now that’s a horror tail: Squirrels go nuts for Halloween with spooky pumpkin mask

These squirrels look NUTS for Halloween – as they appear to try on a scary pumpkin mask.

Snapper Max Ellis, from Teddington, London, hung the haunting fruit in his garden to spook his kids who love Halloween.

The cheeky squirrel appears to be trying on a scary pumpkin mask

The cheeky squirrel appears to be trying on a scary pumpkin mask

But the hungry critters couldn’t resist investigating and got there first.

Max revealed the nut lovers initially appeared hesitant – perhaps by the frightening faces – but soon got stuck in.

The hungry critters couldn't resist investigating the pumpkins

The hungry critters couldn’t resist investigating the pumpkins

He said: “My kids love Halloween and beg to start decorating the house and carving pumpkins from about October 1.

“Obviously cut pumpkins only last a couple of days so I carved a small one to keep them quiet.

“I thought we could have a bit of fun with it making it hover spookily in the back garden.

“The squirrels are very inquisitive and love to investigate everything I put out there.

“A floating pumpkin proved more exciting than you could possibly imagine.”

Snapper Max Ellis hung the haunting fruit in his garden to spook his kids who love Halloween

Snapper Max Ellis hung the haunting fruit in his garden to spook his kids who love Halloween

Max and the squirrels have become a web sensation after he posted dozens of hilarious scenes with them in his garden.

And his latest work is proving just as popular in the build up to Halloween.

He said it takes hours – and occasionally days – to capture the shot, as he has to wait for his subjects to take up the exact stance needed.

Max uses very little retouching in the shots and the squirrels have never been harmed.

He added: “They are probably better fed than any other wild squirrels on the planet.”