The Laverstone Manor Halloween Ball was open to all residents of Laverstone who could prove they lived within a four mile radius of the manor (this being a distance determined by Lord Robert Waters (1724-1 769) as the furthest he was willing to ride to collect Demesne taxes). A good time was had by the majority (those who managed to remain sober) but very occasionally a gatecrasher would blag his way inside. Such undesirables were treated with every courtesy due a genuine guest with one exception: the ice-cream they were offered was produced in the Manor Dairy. Only the privileged were aware the Manor didn't have a dairy.
Devious the Imp was always pleased to offer his Chunky Monkey.