Halloween...

Lady Shagg-Pyle's balls were legendary and almost certainly the biggest in Yorkshire.  Every Halloween she hosted a shindig at Shagg-Pyle Hall which the villagers of Little Hope flocked to like mesmerised sheep, unable to resist the lure of Her Ladyship's special Vampire Punch which - rumour had it - was made to a secret recipe passed down to her by her forebears, one of whom was rumoured to be Elizabeth de Báthory herself...

 

Several guests complained of a low fever and lethargy the morning after hoofing around at Her Ladyship's gaff but Lady Shagg-Pyle reassured them that gnat bites in the woods were to blame, and sure enough those stricken manifested bites on the neck to prove her point...

 Walsingham, Antoinette and Mrs Miggins were already half-cut before the Yanks arrived...

 Confident that no-one would recognise him in his cunning disguise, the Rev Fishwick decided to fortify himself against gnat bites before leaving the vicarage that night with a large flagon of Navy rum...

Mrs Fox had nerves of steel, but even she had to admit that Lady Shagg-Pyle's portraits were a tad  alarming after dark...

 Violet's tempting technique in the deep, dark woods subsequently landed her with the position of spin bowler for the Little Hope First XI...

 ...and the evening ended rather predictably with a jolly tipsy Mrs Fox singing "There'll Always Be An England" to an imaginary Winston Churchill in the woods...

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