Halloween party games
Halloween - witches, warlocks and parties...
Halloween was originally a Celtic festival celebrating the end of summer and has been celebrated ever since in various guises all over the world.
Halloween is a shortening of "All Hallow's Eve" - because it's the evening before All Hallow's Day (All Saint's Day) on 1 November. It's a time when, according to some traditions, the boundaries between the spirit and material worlds blur and magic is at it's most potent...
Halloween is also a time of parties and partying - which neatly brings me to Halloween-themed murder mystery parties. Here I've listed the murder mystery parties that I think are particularly suitable for a Halloween bash. My criteria for choosing is straight forward - if it has "spooky" elements, then I've listed it.
As there aren't too many murder mystery games with spooky elements, I've also listed a few that have good costuming potential - as Halloween is an excuse for dressing up of all sorts, not just in spooky costumes.
Idea #1: Halloween Lies
Set in the modern day, Hollywood Lies takes place during the Halloween-theme costume party for The Vampire Detective, a fabulously successful horror movie. However, all is not well as the star, Tom Speed has died suddenly in a car crash last night. Was it foul play? (Go on - take a guess...)
Halloween Lies is for 16 to 32 guests (plus the host), and costs from £25.00.
Idea #2: Curse of the Pharaoh
It's 1984 and Sir William Saville is throwing a dinner party to celebrate his latest discovery - a previously undiscovered Egyptian tomb. However, one of his diggers has been murdered...
Egyptian magic, artefact smuggling and an ancient curse - it all happens in Curse of the Pharaoh.
Curse of the Pharaoh is for 6 to 19 guests (plus the host), and costs from £20.00.
Idea #3: All at Sea
It's 1914 and as war is declared in Europe the Captain of an Atlantic luxury cruise liner is murdered in front of the passengers and crew. Diplomats, officers, businessmen, journalists and more are all mixed up in this shipboard murder mystery.
All at Sea is for 16 to 33 guests (plus the host), and costs £30.00.
Idea #4: Murder at the Four Deuces
It's the Roaring Twenties in the USA, a time of gangsters and speakeasies. It's the opening night of Don Wannabe's glamourous new nightspot (and speakeasy) "The Four Deuces," but there's murder in the air.
Gangsters, singers, gamblers, a congressman - and, of course, "family." The opening of "The Four Deuces" has attracted all sorts. Who will you play?
Murder at the Four Deuces is for 12 to 20 people, and costs $49.00.
Idea #5: The Final CurtainActor Vincent Royle has died mysteriously on stage - and Scotland Yard believes it's murder. However, the show must go on and Littledown Theatre Company are called together to celebrate Vincent's life and also to answer questions posted by Inspector Blewitt.
As a member of the cast or crew, you will find yourself in the middle of treachery, blackmail and murder.
The Final Curtain is for 7 to 14 people and costs £24.99.
Here I'll list some good Halloween websites - I've not got many yet, but I'll add them as I find the.
Halloween on Wikipedia - the Wikipedia page on Halloween, including speculation on origins and some traditions (no murder mystery parties, though...)
- Vampire Fancy Dress - UK based vampire costumes
- Zombie Fancy Dress - UK based zombie costumes
- Skeleton Fancy Dress - UK based skeleton costumes
- Witch Fancy Dress - UK based witch costumes