Kids at Ninewells Nursery have been had a hoot with a pumpkin carving competition and a visit from some feathered friends.
The children were thrilled when Chester the Indian eagle owl and Toby the European little owl came to visit.
Throughout the week the youngsters had been learning all about nocturnal animals and, most importantly, about owls and other birds of prey.
The visit had even more significance as owls are also the symbol of the nursery.
Adelle Taylor, nursery manager, said: “We have been doing a lot of work about animals in hibernation and nocturnal animals so we decided to get the owls in to see the kids.
“The children were all amazed and some of them were brave enough to hold them
“We would like to say a big thank you to Perthshire Owls for coming along.”
Ava Roher, 4, said: “It wasn’t scary meeting the owls, but one was a bit heavy so Adelle had to help me hold it.
“The little one even sat on my head.
“We have been learning all about owls at nursery and I know that baby owls are called owlets.”
Tele features writer Amy Hall was invited along to the nursery for the annual pumpkin competition where she was asked to pick the top three.
Coming in first place was four-year-old Ruaridh Davidson and his fantastic pirate ship pumpkin complete with lots of hidden treasure inside.
In second place was four-year-old Ava Roher who had expertly carved an image of a bat into her pumpkin and adorned it with paint.
In third place was Dane Munro’s creepy pumpkin which featured cobwebs and a scary spider.
Dane said: “My pumpkin had a giant spider inside it and lots of cobwebs.
“My mum helped me to carve the pumpkin and I am so excited that I got third place.”
Winner Ruaridh added: “I was so scared that I wasn’t going to win the competition but I got first place.
“My dad who helped me make the pirate boat is going to be so happy.
“I told my dad I wanted to make a pirate ship and he helped me to carve it.
“After I had finished my pirate ship I made a Ninjago pumpkin.”
Although the two boys received some help, Ava insists she did hers all on her own. She said: “I did it all myself, even the carving.
“I wanted it to look like a bat so I painted it black and red, it was so much fun.”
Adelle added: “The pumpkin competition has been fantastic as always with lots of kids getting involved. Each year it seems to get better and better so it must have been hard to decide the final winners.
“On Halloween we had lots of spooky party games and all of the kids got dressed up too.”