Mayor's Halloween invite scarier than intended
October 24, 2007
A ghoulish invitation to an annual Halloween party sparked a security scare and a bit of clarification from the mayor of Huntingdon, a town near RAF Alconbury.
Mayor Jennifer Sarabia sent out themed invitations this month for her big annual Halloween party that read “Sender: K D Napped, Ransome Street.” The invitations also contained a plastic, blood-stained ear or finger with a message that said “don’t call the police!”
But Sarabia’s spooky invitations prompted some concern when they surfaced at some destinations.
One was sent to the office of the Cambridge Evening News, and prompted staff to call the police to conduct a controlled opening.
“I thought I was being creative,” Sarabia said of the misunderstanding. “I do obviously regret two police officers being called out and doing this controlled opening, worrying about what is in there. That can’t be very pleasant.”
A similar invitation was sent to Air Force Col. Bob Steele, who commands Alconbury.
But after the Cambridge Evening News incident, Sarabia said she called ahead to let Steele’s assistant know that such a strange invite was coming.
The postmaster on base notified his people, and there was no issue with getting the package through, according to Tech Sgt. Kristina Barrett, an Alconbury spokeswoman.
At the least, the holiday-themed misunderstanding has gained Sarabia some publicity for her annual Halloween bash, which features hundreds of kids, a lot of candy and massive decorations.
“It seemed like a good idea, but I did worry that I was going to get into trouble,” said Sarabia, whose husband is American and works at RAF Molesworth. “Halloween is a big thing for us, and we do go mad. Maybe what seemed normal to me doesn’t seem normal to others.”