Aquarium fish turn into pumpkin for Halloween –

Aquarium fish turn into pumpkin for Halloween Published:  31 October, 2006

AN aquarium in Japan is celebrating Halloween this year with 5,000 fish that appear to turn into a pumpkin.

Halloween is not as big a holiday in Japan as it is in the west, but just tell that to an aquarium in Yokohama and thousands of yellow-striped butterfish.

According to, the fish and a diver are key to producing an illusion that the fish are a round pumpkin, with a typical pumpkin face.

When the face is flashed for the audience, the diver gets the fish to make a ball as a round background for the face.

Halloween is relatively new to Japan, but more and more Japanese have been introduced to the holiday due to the influence of the United States.

Some shopping streets are lined with pumpkins and bats this season, and lately Japanese children have even begun going house to house looking for treats. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.