A top wildlife photographer have captured cheeky squirrels getting in the Halloween spirit - by playing with a spooky carved pumpkin.Award-winning wildlife photographer Geert Weggen (corr) befriended the red squirrels in a woodland.Swedish snapper Geert regularly feeds the squirrels and thought the spooky season was a great theme. The furry critters were caught on camera poking their heads inside the carved pumpkin - and scaring their friends.Geert said: "Most of the time, squirrels are thought of as nice and gentle and loving.
But they can also be a little dark. "They can be very aggressive. "This Halloween is a spooky time for people so I thought it was fun to show a little bit of the more evil side of squirrels."Geert said the woodland creatures can sometimes chase each other and compete over food. He said: "They bite me sometimes.
They never try and hurt me, they never bite so bad it bleeds. "They recognise that when they bite me I'm not a nut.
They're very smart in that way."Geert first bought a home in the mountains of central Sweden eight years ago, and has become so good as photographing squirrels that many think they are posed or stuffed. He said: "I cannot tame a wild squirrel.
They do exactly what they want.
I can wait a very long time for my shot. "I know they're always searching for food, so I might hang a little bucket with seeds in the air.
If I want them to pick up a pencil, I spread a little peanut butter on it."But Geert said he does not feel like a Disney character surrounded by friendly woodland creatures, but he does feel like he's telling stories. He said: "Almost every picture I take is telling a story.
So like with Halloween, I can imagine them as dancing skeletons."But it is not a fairytale for Geert, as the oncoming icy conditions will make life difficult for his furry friends. He said: "I never name them because they are always in danger.
There are birds of prey, the winters can be freezing and the food is scarce. "But when they come back, I always get a nice bond with them.
I've seen maybe three generations in seven years. "If I named them, it would feel like they are my babies.
I want them wild.
It makes it more natural.
They are not pets."