Hey friends! I hope you had a great Halloween last week – I sure did! In fact, I had no less than three Halloween costumes and four parties! I love having an excuse to dress up, hang out with friends and eat chocolate, so Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.
This year, I decided to try my hand at hosting a murder mystery party for some of our friends from the med school. We had SUCH a great time, so I thought I would share it with you all since you can host a murder mystery party at any time!
Step 1: Choose a murder mystery package
Having never even attended a murder mystery party before, I turned to the internet to get some tips on how to throw one. I decided that rather than create my own (ain’t nobody got time for that), buying a pre-made game would be the way to go. I spent a significant amount of time on Etsy trying to find the perfect murder mystery, which proved to be somewhat challenging as I invited 18 people over to our little home. I found a package that accommodates up to 20 people from MysteryPackages called A Big Murder at the Manor. The company was so great to work with and were quick to respond to my questions! The package came with a host guide, scripted character sheets, question menus, invitations and costume suggestions, whodunnit slips, and audio evidence, along with a curated Spotify playlist. They thought of everything!
Step 2: Planning and decorating
Once I purchased the package, I had to decide who would be who. We ended up having more guys than girls, so I adjusted one of the girl characters to fit a guy, which ended up being hilarious. I sent everyone links to their character descriptions via a facebook event and asked them to bring some food to share. Next, I had to decorate our house like a creepy manor. Thankfully I was able to borrow some decor, and used black tablecloths, tapered candlesticks and spiderwebs to give it the perfect vibe. I knew that the decor would not be complete without a tribute to the deceased Lord Heathcliff, so I scoured Pinterest until I found the perfect suit model.
Step 3: Food
I’m a big believer that having the right food is crucial for a great party, and I wanted my food to match the theme. I ended up trying three new recipes that I really enjoyed!
Good thing I’m married to a medical student so I could easily get some latex gloves for the hands! This non-alcoholic punch was very good – I doubled the recipe and it was about right for 18 people!
This was super easy to prepare and tasted so good! I loved that the milano cookies were gravestones.
For my savory treat I found this recipe for mac n cheese pumpkin cups with broccoli stems and it was pretty easy to make also! This was a bit more of a kid treat but it was too cute to pass up.
Side note: If you missed my instagram story, I have a great recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds – they are addicting!
Step 4: The party
I asked people to show up about 30 minutes before we started the game so we would have enough time to snack and account for latecomers. I was shocked at how dressed up everyone got for their costumes! As everyone came in, I gave them each an envelope with their character sheet and question menu, and we all drew papers to see if we would be innocent or guilty. After eating some snacks, we introduced ourselves from our character bio sheets, then listened to the starting evidence. After that, act one began and we all got up to ask each other questions. Our answers were scripted depending on if we were innocent or guilty. This took about 20-30 minutes and then we listened to the act two evidence. At this point we decided there was so many people that it would be easier to sit in a circle and answer questions out loud to everyone rather than having to repeat ourselves, which worked out much better. It was fun to hear people’s answers as we had some dramatic people in the group who added some extra flair! We then listened to act three evidence and answered a final round of questions before making our accusations. This game dictated that the guilty party should read their confession last, but those who were innocent could read their portion at any time after the accusations had been made. This added another level of suspense as you could wait closer to the end to read your answer in order to seem more suspicious (which I did, of course). Although I correctly guessed the guilty party, I enjoyed that it wasn’t obvious who it was!
Even though Halloween has come and gone, you can do a murder mystery party any time of the year, for a birthday party, housewarming party, or even Christmas party! If you do, I would highly recommend MysteryPackages as they have so many games to choose from. I hope you enjoyed reading about my murder mystery party! I have more fun surprises coming soon, so make sure to subscribe!