For Halloween, we pull out decorations involving spooky animals, including bats. These creatures really are kind of creepy: they look like mice with wings. But bats are our friends, as they are flying bug traps. A bat can eat 1/3 of its body weight in bugs in just a few hours, and when you think about how little a bug weighs, that’s an awful lots of insects. We’ll take bats over bugs any day — not just on Halloween.

*Wee ones: *Bats have the same number of wings as a bird. How many wings is that?

*Little kids: *If you’re dressed up as a bat for Halloween and then 3 bats fly overhead, how many wings do you guys have altogether? *Bonus:* If a bat weighs 3 pounds and can eat 1/3 its weight in bugs in a few hours, how many pounds of bugs is that?

*Big kids:* How much longer is the longest bat (22 inches) than the shortest bat (1 1/2 inches)? *Bonus:* If a bat flies 22 feet to catch a bug, then zigzags 19 feet to catch a second bug and 18 feet to catch a third, how many feet did it fly for that meal?

Answers:

*Wee ones:* 2 wings.

*Little kids:* 8 wings. *Bonus:* 1 pound of bugs – yuck!!

*Big kids:* 20 1/2 inches. *Bonus:* 59 feet.