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How to host a spectacular Murder Mystery evening

With the spooky season right around the corner it's a great excuse to throw a themed party for family and friends. Hosting a great murder mystery night can be a thrilling and memorable experience for you and your guests. Here's a comprehensive guide with a checklist of important things to do:

Preparation Phase:

  1. Select a Theme: Choose a murder mystery theme that suits the interests and preferences of your guests. Popular themes include 1920s gangster, Victorian-era, Hollywood glamour, or a modern-day setting.
  2. Choose a Game: There are loads of murder mystery games you can purchase. Select one that fits your chosen theme and the number of guests. We recommend the fantastic "Murder Mystery at the Manor" from Talking Tables which makes hosting and enjoying a Murder Mystery night even easier!
  3. Guest List: Create a guest list and send out invitations well in advance. Ensure that you have a suitable number of participants for the chosen game.
  4. Character Assignments: Assign characters to your guests and provide them with character backgrounds and information about their role. Encourage them to dress up according to their character.
  5.  Venue: Choose a suitable location for your event, whether it's at home, a rented space, or a restaurant with a private room. Make sure it aligns with your chosen theme.
  6.  Decorations: Decorate the venue to match the theme. This can include props, table settings, and decorations that create the right ambiance.
  7.  Food and Drinks: Plan a menu that complements the theme and dietary restrictions of your guests. Consider serving themed cocktails or beverages. Make sure you have enough food and drinks for everyone.
  8. Timeline: Create a timeline for the event, including when the game will start, breaks, and when the "murder" will occur.


Game Day:

  1.  Welcome and Introduction: Greet your guests as they arrive and provide a brief introduction to the evening's theme and rules of the game.
  2. Character Briefings: Hand out character backgrounds and instructions to your guests. Encourage them to get into character and interact with others.
  3. Props and Clues: Set up any necessary props and clues around the venue to guide the investigation.
  4.  Game Facilitator: If the game requires a facilitator, make sure someone is assigned to this role to help guide the story and provide information as needed.
  5. Activities and Challenges: Include optional challenges or activities that can provide additional clues or create fun interactions among guests.

During the Event:

  1. Maintain the Atmosphere: Keep the atmosphere in line with the theme throughout the event. Play appropriate music and encourage guests to stay in character.
  2. Monitor Progress: Keep an eye on the progress of the game. Ensure that clues are discovered and that the story is unfolding as intended.
  3. Food and Beverage Service: Coordinate food and beverage service, making sure everyone is well-fed and hydrated.


  1. Reveal the Killer: At the end of the game, gather everyone and reveal the killer's identity. Allow the characters to wrap up their storylines and interact freely.
  2. Prizes and Awards: Consider giving out prizes or awards for the best-dressed character, the most creative solution, or other achievements.

Checklist for Hosting a Murder Mystery Night:

  • Theme selection
  • Game purchase or preparation
  • Guest list and invitations
  • Character assignments and information
  • Venue selection and decoration
  • Food and drink planning
  • Event timeline
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Character briefings
  • Prop and clue setup
  • Game facilitator (if needed)
  • Activities and challenges
  • Atmosphere maintenance
  • Progress monitoring
  • Food and beverage service
  • Killer reveal
  • Prizes and awards

"Murder Mystery at the Manor" makes it even easier to host a murder mystery evening, by providing downloadable invites, props, audio clues and playlists, this super fun Murder Mystery game has all the ingredients of a great night of amateur sleuthing.

Remember that the key to a successful murder mystery night is creating an immersive experience that allows guests to fully engage with their characters and the storyline. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can host a memorable and entertaining event for your friends and family.

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