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Aunt Pythia's Peculiar Pet: Day 1

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The Package

Welcome to Day 1 of Aunt Pythia's Peculiar Pet: Write your own Halloween story.

In this first episode, you receive a strange and mystical box that just so happens to be making unusual sounds, and when you look closer you see two big eyes peering out at you! Who is this creature? What does it look like? Is it big or small...what colour is it? Does it have a tail? Or maybe fangs?!

Your first task is to create a diagram of your familiar, drawing an image of it that shows all of its weird and wonderful characteristics. Use paper, pens, pencils, or do this digitally if you prefer - the choice is yours! Once you have completed your diagram, come back to the landing page tomorrow for Dr Nightfowl to reveal your next task.

Thank you for taking part in Aunt Pythia’s Peculiar Pet Halloween Activities. We’d love for you to take part in all of Aunt Pythia’s challenges, but you can also focus on just one or two if you wish.

Share Your Challenges!

Once you have completed your Familiar diagram, Observation Diary, Map of the Shadow Lands, your Familiar Binding Spell or your adventures using Familiar Sight - please send your work to for a chance to be featured on our website!

We’ll be asking Aunt Pythia to pick her favourite responses to each of the challenges, with those selected receiving a bundle of free books!


The best entry into the map of the shadow world challenge will see their drawing turned into a professional illustration by the brilliant Lizzie Lovejoy (instagram: @Lizzie_Lovejoy_illustration). You have until 15th November to submit your work, so you can use Halloween for some extra spooky inspiration!

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