Murder Mystery Party Games

Hosting a murder mystery party game is a great way to throw a fun dinner party - and it's easy!

If you're planning on playing a murder mystery party game, you probably have a few questions on your mind.  The information below should alleviate any anxiety you might have, so that you can enjoy the game as much as your guests.

What Murder Mystery Party Games are available?

The short answer is, more murder mystery party games then there used to be.  Due to the popularity of these games, new companies are springing up all the time.  The top two brands are:

Teen Mystery Parties - Please note that all of the games listed above are for adults, and make reference to adult themes - alcohol consumption, that sort of thing.  For parties for  younger players (ages 12 to 17), the same folks who make How to Host a Murder Mystery also make How to Host a Teen Mystery.  There are currently 3 titles in this series, and they are all well done.

How Do Murder Mystery Party Games Work?

Basically, all murder mystery party games work the same.  Games include invitations, a host (or hostess) guide with menu suggestions and instructions, an audio CD with narrative details about the crime, and background guides with secret clues for each of the players.

The games are usually designed to last from 2 to 4 hours.  Time is included within this period for talking, eating, and having fun - which is, after all, why you're having a party.


How Much Time Do I Need to Prepare for a Murder Mystery Party Game?

How well do you want things to go?  First, you need to buy the game (usually over the Internet, because few stores stock them), get it delivered, send out the invitations, go shopping, etc.  My personal advice is: if you're planning on having a murder mystery party game three weeks from now, I'd order one today.  

Here's a tip - don't wait until the day before your party arrives to look inside the box that contains your game.  Check it out the day it arrives.  You can get an idea of what's required of you before there's any time pressure, and you can make sure you have everything you need.  


What Can I Do if I Have More Than Eight Players?

You can get creative - but remember, this is extra work on your part.  Some suggestions:  

A word of warning here - games written for eight players really work best for 8 players.


What Else Should I Know?

Remember that a light-hearted approach to your party is a good idea.   Parties aren't supposed to be stressful for guests or hosts - even those revolving around solving a crime.  Have fun!


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