Parties with a Twist of Murder!
Parties with a Twist of Murder!

Murder Mystery Dinner Party & Party Kits

Host Your Own Murder Mystery Party Packs

Party of our 60s' murder mystery party kit: illustrations shows host instructions, pre-party booklets, party booklets, clue and award
A selection of some of the printable decorations provided in the Decoration Pack of our murder mystery kits

Our murder mystery dinner party kits are available for 6-8 and 8-10 players; our murder mystery party kits are available for 10-12 and 12-14 players.

All are available for instant download and give you everything you need to host a fun mystery game.

We provide At Home murder mystery packs (for your house, garden, venue) and Virtual murder mystery packs (for playing over Zoom, Microsoft teams or Skype).

Host Your Own Murder Mystery Dinner Party and Party Packs

Murder in the Swinging Sixties

Hippies, rock stars, minidress designers, gangsters, anti-smut campaigners ...

Players: 6 - 8, 8 - 10, 10 - 12, 12- 14

Type: At Home or Virtual

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Murder in the Naughty Nineties

Wannabees, celebrities, aristocrats, New Age psychic, end-of-world cult ...

Players: 6 - 8, 8 - 10, 10 - 12, 12 - 14

Type: At Home or Virtual

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Murder in the 1920s' Speakeasy

Flappers, gangsters, bootleggers, Temperance Society, law enforcement ...

Players: 6 - 8, 8 - 10, 10 - 12, 12 - 14

Type: At Home or Virtual

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Murder at Horror Castle

Vampires, zombies, demons, witches, ghosts and a serial killer ...

Players: 6 - 8, 8 - 10, 10 - 12

Type: At Home or Virtual

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Is Santa Slayed?

Elves, reindeer, magicians, polar bear, Santa's family, Scrooge ...

Players: 6 - 8, 8 - 10, 10 - 12

Type: At Home or Virtual

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What Our Murder Mystery Kits Contain

 

Our murder mystery kits are provided in the form of downloadable games rather than boxed sets.  They are carefully structured and labelled so that it is easy for you to see what files you need to download and what files you may optionally download.

There are three essential zip files and two recommended audios in each party kit; there are also two optional zip files that are clearly labelled optional.

Within each zip file, the optional documents are also labelled optional. Most documents are provided as PDFs; the invitation and Menu Card are Word documents so that you can easily edit them. The two audios are MP3s.

Together, the different elements of each murder mystery party package contain everything you need to host your own mystery game.

1 Host Instructions and Materials (Zip 1 of Party Kit: Essential)

Host Instructions - zip 1 of kit

The Host Instruction and Materials zip has three folders:

1 The Read Me folder is the most important - it has the Host Instructions booklet that tells you all that you need to know to host a fun murder mystery dinner game or party. It also has some legal information and some information about how to win 2 free parties or a £10 voucher off your next game. Virtual Murder Mysteries include a Tip Sheet for Running Virtual Mysteries.

2 Introduction and Solution - this is just given as a backup in case there are problems with the audios.

3 Award Certificates - the award certificates are individually designed for each theme.

The illustration is of the Host Instructions for the At Home option of our Murder at Horror Castle game. All Host Instruction booklets have colour-coded sections for ease of reference and print as neat A5 booklets. (They use 3 sheets of paper if double-sided printing is used or can just be viewed in their original pdf format).

View Host Instructions for At Home Party

View Host Instructions for Virtual Party

Host Instructions for Murder in Horror Castle, At Home format

2 Pre-Party Files (Zip 2 of Party Kit: Essential)

The Pre-Party files are Zip 2 of our mystery kits

The Pre-party Files zip is an essential part of your murder mystery dinner party or party kit. It has three folders and two optional sheets. (The optional sheets are clearly labelled as optional.)

1 The Invitations Folder has invites that are designed specifically for your murder mystery theme. They are provided as an editable Word document and the folder name reminds you to save them as a pdf before sending. (Different versions of Word can sometimes display a document with vastly different formatting; saving your file as a pdf ensures that your guests see a nicely formatted invitation.) 

2 The Pre-party Booklets folders are usefully divided into Essential-Characters and Optional-Minor-Characters folders. The booklets are individually written for each player and can be printed on two sides of a single A4 sheet and then folded neatly into an A5 booklet. They contain:

  • snippets about the game theme attractively laid out in a newspaper-style
  • the character bio, costume suggestions, catchphrases and suggested mannerisms and that all-important secret (the character's motive)
  • a list of suspects helpfully grouped in ways that help your guests immediately grasp the relations between guests
  • the Initial Mingling instructions (if this is to be played)

The Optional Decorations Tip Sheet is only given for virtual game pack so that you as host can email your guests some easy ideas for decorating the small area where the camera will focus. A more extensive section of Decorating Tips can be found under the Decorations tab of the "Running Your Murder Mystery Party" section of each game page.

The illustration is of Whackem Will's pre-party booklet for a Murder in a 1920s' Speakeasy dinner party.

View Sample Pre-Party Booklet

3 Party Files (Zip 3 of Party Kit: Essential)

The Party Files zip is THE most important part of your murder mystery kit. 

For an At Home murder mystery party or dinner game, this folder has the party booklets for each character usefully divided into Essential-Characters and Optional-or-Minor-Characters folders. It also has all of the clues (for all characters) in a single Clues document. Name tags are provided as a pdf; simply print, cut out and then either use a pin to attach to guests' outfits or else glue onto a standard blank adhesive label.

Folders in zip 3 Party Files - At Home Naughty Nineties mystery

For a Virtual mystery game, the host is likely to send or email each guest their own party materials. Therefore the Party Booklets sub-folders are again subdivided into folders for each character; each folder has the party booklet and clues (if any) that are relevant to that character. This makes it easy for the host to email or post each player the appropriate files.

Party files folders for zip 3: virtual mystery

Whichever option you choose, all the materials are carefully formatted to give players all they need for a fun night to remember!

For a detailed look as to how the booklets work, please see our How our Murder Mystery Scripts Work page.

Each mystery has an individually designed clue background so that it is theme-appropriate, light on ink when printing and yet still visually attractive. Most important, the Calibre font is easy for guests to read.

The optional Duplicate Map and Accusation Sheet has a duplicate copy of the map found on page 3 of the booklets. This makes it easy for guests to refer to the map without having to flick backwards and forwards. Virtual mysteries include the Accusation Sheet so that guests who are viewing the booklets electronically have somewhere to write their Whodunnit solution; some At Home mysteries have a notepad section instead so guests can scribble notes down as they go along.

The illustration is for Scarlet's booklet in our Murder in the Naughty Nineties (dinner party version).

4 and 5 - Audio Introduction and Audio Solution (Highly Recommend)

We use professional voiceover artists to give life and interest to both the Audio Introduction and the Audio Solution. Then we mix these voices with theme-appropriate background music and, sometimes, background sounds such as birdsong or traffic.

The end result is a short (on average, a 2 minute) Audio Introduction that sets the scene in a light-hearted, fun way. The Audio Solution (approximately 2 - 2.5 minutes) is the first time guests will know for sure who the murderer is. This gives a short summary of the evidence used to catch the murderer (yes, in our parties there is ALWAYS at least one clue than nails whodunnit!) together with a humorous wrapping-up of some of the other fun themes.

The audio files are given as standard MP3s.

In case of any last-minute technical issues, the Host Instructions download (zip 1) has a hard-copy backup that two volunteers could read.

6 Optional Decoration Pack (Zip 6 of Party Kit: Optional)

One of the features of our murder mystery packages that set us apart from many other companies is that we provide a comprehensive Decoration Pack for each theme.

For Virtual mysteries, this Decoration Pack can be emailed to your guests so that they can use the printouts to provide some easy decorations in the small area where the camera will focus. For At Home mysteries, you as host can use the pack to decorate both your party area and the entrance to your home; you can also use our special theme-appropriate signs on the doors to different rooms.

Typical decorations include:

  • Posters that are relevant to the theme's storyline
  • Themed room signs (kitchen, bathrooms etc)
  • Wine bottle labels
  • Entrance sign
  • Other appropriate visuals (eg scroll detailing the curse of the vampire king, heraldic shield for an aristocratic family, singles covers for a rock star character, single centres)

The illustration shows some of the Decoration Pack provided for Murder in the Swinging Sixties.

7 Optional Menu Cards and Place Cards (Zip 7 of Party Kit: Optional)

The place cards are ideal for an At Home dinner party or party; they are designed to be folded in half so that both the back and front sides of the card have the player's name. This helps all players at the dinner table to see who is who. There is a matching theme-appropriate menu card.

Some themes also have non-standard place cards - for example, our Murder at Horror Castle has a coffin-shaped card with each guest's name on it. (Spooky!) Our Murder in the Swinging Sixties has record-shaped place cards (and matching record-shaped coasters).

Some themes have different side menu cards. The menu cards are provided as editable Word documents.

The illustration is taken from a dinner party that we ran for our Murder in the Naughty Nineties.

Why Customers Say Our Murder Mystery Packs are The Best!

20s' mystery game via Zoom

"This was a great way to spend a lockdown birthday! I loved that each file was in a separate document so I could easily email it over to each participant. The additional resources were an extra bonus – like the home decoration ideas and the 60s' slang! The instructions were very easy to follow and the script was simple enough to work through. Our ages ranges from 21 to 72 and it was accessible to all! I would definitely recommend to a friend. We loved having an excuse to dress up and it really made my birthday special… Even if it did turn out that I was the murderer!"

Emma Millington 

"We played the 1920’s mystery as part of my 50th virtual birthday party and I’m so glad we did, as we had such great fun. We printed off all the packs and sent them in the post so we knew there wouldn’t be any issues on the night. We played with 10 players on Zoom and the whole event ran smoothly. We decided to include the ‘mingling’ and, throughout the day, each character sent messages to a Whatsapp group – great ice-breaker and by the time the evening started, everyone was in full character. Would certainly recommend."

Donna Townsend 

"This was a brilliant game to play during Lockdown for a friend's birthday! It was really well organised and the packs gave everyone the information that they needed to be able to have a go! The script was easy to follow and gave people the opportunity to improvise and have fun with it! Such a great idea for an evening’s entertainment with friends!"

Alex Memory 

"Played the Christmas game on Boxing Day on Zoom as an alternative to getting the family together. Really funny evening, brilliant supporting documents and where people had fancy dress it really brought the characters to life."

Melanie Lepine 

 

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