VISITORS are expected to have a perfectly horrible time tonight (Wednesday) at the annual Hallowe en celebration at the home of the Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Jennifer Sarabia, and (for one night only) her Addams Family . There will be few places sp
VISITORS are expected to have a perfectly horrible time tonight (Wednesday) at the annual Hallowe'en celebration at the home of the Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Jennifer Sarabia, and (for one night only) her "Addams Family".
There will be few places spookier tonight - or so welcoming. Cllr Sarabia, who for the past seven years has welcomed trick or treaters, is expecting to give out some 40 pounds in weight of sweets - including 15 pounds of giant candy spaghetti donated to her by the Continental Market that visited the town this month.
She is also preparing to hand out over 600 little gifts of notepads, pencils and keyrings, stickers and slide puzzles, specially imported from the United States.
The mayor, her American husband Johnny, who works as a civilian at RAF Molesworth, and teenage daughters, Sarah, 15, and Vicky, 13, will dress up for the occasion and have worked hard for weeks to make sure their guests have some haunting memories from the night.
The garden has been filled with gravestones and there will be smoke, machines, lights, decorations and a giant who lifts off his head.
Even more people are expected at the party this year, after a publicity stunt for it almost backfired.
Cllr Sarabia sent out a spooky invitation to a press launch for the party in a package marked 'Sender: K D NAPPED, RANSOME STREET'.
At the offices of the Cambridge News, staff decided the parcel looked suspicious and called the police. The joke package was opened and found to contain a fake, blood-stained ear or finger - with the message: 'Don't Call the Police!'
Similar packages were also sent to other potential party guests, including the commanding officers at RAF Molesworth and RAF Wyton.
The charities are a project for Huntingdon children run by West Anglia Crossroads, the Huntingdon Volunteer Bureau, which celebrated 25 years yesterday (Tuesday) and the Gabriel Newton Educational Foundation.
The foundation, set up in 1760 with money left by Alderman Gabriel Newton, gives grants to young people in Huntingdon who cannot afford clothes or equipment for school or college.