What better time of year to host a murder mystery party than Halloween! For a thrilling night of fun, drama, and suspense, host an unforgettable Halloween party with these murder mystery ideas and tips.
Halloween Murder Mystery Ideas
A murder mystery party is an interactive party where guests are given specific characters to play and a murder to solve.
The guests have to investigate, ask questions, and work together to find out who among them is the culprit.
Murder mystery games can be purchased as a kit in a box or downloaded online. If you’re willing to invest a lot of time and thought into it, you can even create your very own murder mystery game from scratch.
Murder mystery parties work best with a group of 10 to 30 guests. If you’re planning a more intimate Halloween party, host a Halloween murder mystery dinner instead, a shorter, easier version of a full murder mystery party.
Halloween Murder Mystery Ideas: Finding a Game
Murder mystery parties work so perfectly for Halloween because of their suspense, costumes, and fun settings and characters.
They are also nice because there are so many to choose from. You can find murder mystery games for adults, teens, or kids that cover a variety of fun themes that work great for Halloween.
If you make your murder mystery game yourself, you can totally customize your game to suit the ages of your guests and create a plot that matches your Halloween party’s theme.
You can also hire professional murder mystery designers to put together a murder mystery party that suits your interests and number of guests. Learn more about it on Host-A-Murder.com. For a list of excellent murder mystery party games available for purchase online, check out PlayingWithMurder.com.
Halloween Murder Mystery Parties: How They Work
Here we’ll describe a few basics of how murder mystery parties work and what they involve. As the organizer of the game, after purchasing the game or designing the game yourself, you should have:
- Instruction on how to coordinate the investigation of the murder.
- Roles for all the suspects, including family background and memories.
- Clues that can be exchanged or read aloud at certain moments.
- Solution sheets for guessing who the killer is.
- The “denouement,” read aloud at the end of the party, revealing the killer and his or her motives and means.
To ensure the party runs smoothly, you’ll need to get in touch with guests ahead of time and share which character they’ll be playing at your party. Also fill them in on the rest of characters’ background, the setting of the game, and the crime. You will also want to remind them not to tell anyone about their characters until your Halloween party.
Each guest should also be given a booklet that describes his/her character, which will describe the character’s background, goals, objectives, and special abilities. You should also encourage guests to dress up, and giving detailed information about their character’s ahead of time will help them find the perfect costume. Sending guests any special items they will need to play their characters will also be helpful.
When guests arrive to your party, provide them with notebooks and pens so they can take notes as the party progresses and more clues are revealed. Most games will come with itineraries so whoever is hosting the game can keep guests on schedule to ensure the game moves along at a good pace.
At the end of the game, you can collect the solution sheets from guests before revealing who the killer is.
Halloween Murder Mystery Ideas: Setting the Scene
A murder mystery party can take place anywhere, throughout your entire home, in one single room, in your backyard, or at a hotel.
Wherever you end up hosting your Halloween murder mystery party, you’ll want to dress the space to fit your murder mystery game’s setting.
If your game is set on a boat, deck your room out in nautical decor. In a haunted house? Cob webs, candles, etc. can be used to give your venue a haunted-house-kinda feel.
They have murder mystery games set in a variety of unique locations and time periods. Choose one that you think your guests will like and that goes along with the nearing holiday, Halloween.
Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Party
For a more intimate party, you can host a Halloween murder mystery dinner, a simplified version of the game that is hosted around the dinner table.
A Halloween murder mystery dinner party will go down just like a murder mystery party. Guests will receive details about the party ahead of time along with information about their characters. They can come in costume, but the game will take less time and be all together more low-key.
The entire game will take place around the dinner table. Guests will wear name tags, and, often times, games will come with scripts that guests will read aloud. Sometimes games also include additional items like weapons and money, so guests can improvise and deals can be made and things like blackmail can take place.
Since the entire murder mystery dinner party game will take place over dinner at the table, it’s a good idea to prepare an extravagant meal, complete with appetizers, salads, a main course, and dessert, that not only impresses guests, but also goes along with your Halloween murder mystery game’s theme and time period. The same can be done with your party playlist.
Most murder mystery dinner parties take between 2 to 3 hours to complete. After the killer is revealed, have guests read their character’s descriptions. It will be fun to see what they were hiding.
Hopefully you found these Halloween murder mystery ideas helpful! Have fun planning for your Halloween party and make sure to check out our other posts for more Halloween ideas and inspiration!