Murder Mystery Group Date

Murder Mystery Party Kit

Need a KILLER at home date idea for a group? Throw a Murder Mystery Party! If you’ve ever been to a Murder Mystery party, you already know how outrageously fun they are! The costumes, the friends, and…of course…the suspense! BUT – these group date nights take a LOT of work to plan. Lucky for YOU, The Divas have done all of the hard work already and will teach you exactly how to host a Murder Mystery Party! This incredibly creative Murder Mystery Party Kit has everything you’ll need to throw a killer at home date…(no pun intended. Aw heck, ya, I intended that one!)

Don’t know how a Murder Mystery date party works? Just check out this handy-dandy video to explain it all!

Seriously - the BEST Murder Mystery Party Kit I've ever used! Packed with TONS of Murdery Mystery Party ideas and darling designs, too! #murdermystery #murdermysterypartykit #howtohostamurderymysteryparty #thedatingdivas

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Looks amazing, right?! This is one of the most fun date night themes as it’s packed with so many great Murder Mystery Party ideas! Of course, we have to give beautiful credit where beautiful credit is due! The incredibly talented Alexa Zurcher from Alexa Zurcher Designs made our vision for this Murder Mystery Party Kit and pack a total reality – we couldn’t have done it without her! You have to check her stuff out – we adore her, and everything in her Etsy shop is absolutely gorgeous. So thank you Alexa!

How to Host a Murder Mystery Party

Your 80 Page Murder Mystery Party Kit includes:

Murdery Mystery Party Ideas

Mystery Mystery Date Party Planning 

First off, let’s chat about the host guide! It includes bucket-loads of tips and tricks on how to host a Murder Mystery Party! For this at home date idea, you need to have 12 players…and it can be a lot of work to keep all of those people straight! To help you prep the Murder Mystery Party and tame the mayhem, we’ve included some handy-dandy charts. These will help when making the Murder Mystery Party character assignments to your friends and sending out the invites, so you can keep track of who you assigned to play each role.

Murdery Mystery Party Ideas and Planning Tips

Sometimes, people choose to host a Murder Mystery Party over dinner (when we hosted ours, we did it after dinner and snacked on yummy treats while we did our investigating, but the choice is yours).

Murder Mystery Party Ideas for Dinner

So, if you did want to host it over a more formal, sit-down dinner, we have also included Murder Mystery Party table cards for each character, so you can choose the seating ahead of time.

How to Host a Murder Mystery Party

Just for fun, we’ve also included some printable Murder Mystery “money”, to be used as a bribing tool throughout the game. (I mean…uhh…say what now?)

Murder Mystery Party Ideas and Game Printables

Murder Mystery Party Kit Invitations

These Murder Mystery invitations fit our Old Hollywood Glam theme perfectly! Each invitation in the Murder Mystery Party kit is customized, so when the player receives it in the mail, it describes their character, as well as gives suggested costume ideas. Gold washi tape adds a fantastic, glamorous touch to the outside of the envelope!

Murder Mystery Invitations

Murder Mystery Task Cards & Character Biographies

Each character in this Murder Mystery Party Kit is truly unique; and we made sure that the players know all of the details pertaining to them before jumping into character on the big night!

Murder Mystery Characters

 Featured below are examples of the Murder Mystery task cards, or “assignments”, for each character to complete during each of the rounds.

Murder Mystery Date Character Task Cards

You may want to give each character a moment now and again to remember exactly what they’re supposed to be doing by allowing a bit of reading time before and during the game.

How to Host a Murder Mystery Party

But don’t hold back when it’s time for the fun! One of our absolute favorite parts of this Murder Mystery evening is when it’s time to get chatty and divulge all of that juicy info! Remember to stay in character for ultimate mystery satisfaction.

Murder Mystery Photo Booth

Another addition to your list of game activities (and one that’s oh-so-simple!) is to do a photo booth! Simply gather the guests and take turns documenting everyone’s style and flair.

Murder Mystery Photo Booth

You might even consider using an old-timey photo strip frame like we did.

Murder Mystery Party Ideas

Seriously, how much fun is that?! You and your guests will forever remember your night of intrigue…

Murder Mystery Character Costumes

Murder Mystery Evidence

Taking notes on authentic documents from the 1920’s, we have even put together some intriguing pieces of evidence that come forward just in the nick of time to help answer that final, burning question…who did it? Gotta say, these were a blast to dream up – the Western Union Telegram is my fave!

Murder Mystery Date Printable EvidenceAlso included is a ‘rat poison’ jar label. Simply wrap around the jar of your choosing and voila! Instant murder weapon.

Murder Mystery Party Kit Supplies

Murder Mystery Group Date Awards

What kind of Hollywood party would it be without awards? At the conclusion of the game, and the murder has been solved – there is much more to talk about and that includes the winners!

Decide on Best Characters, Best Dressed, and award them their official prizes! Certificates and voting ballots are included in your printable pack and make the voting oh-so-fun!

Murder Mystery Group Date Night AwardsDeclare the official winners of the game before snapping some final pics and calling it a night!

Murder Mystery Party Kit Awards

Fall is the perfect time to host a Murder Mystery party – talk about a great Halloween bash! We have put together everything you need to pull off one of most fantastic group date ideas. Grab your Murder Mystery Party Kit today and get planning with this amazing at home date idea!


And the BEST PART (okay, besides all of the fun you’ll have?) is DEFINITELY the price! Other mystery party kits typically run $50+ for a 12 player game …and ours is a fraction of that! (Yep, you are welcome!) We want everyone to be able to play this Murder Mystery game, and we wanna spread the love…or at least the murder {wink!}.

Murder Mystery Party Ideas and Tips

For only $19.97 this at home date idea can be yours!

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If you loooove the idea of this group date night theme pack, you most definitely should check out our “Who Dunit” Clue-inspired date! Another one of our fabulously fun group date ideas is the “Win It In A Minute” Group Date Night!

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  1. Question…Could this work for a group of possibly 24? And does the 12 include the hostess? I would imagine if you are the hostess that you wouldn’t have a part. Is that correct? This looks so fun! I am hoping I can make it work for our group!!! Thanks, Dating Divas!

    1. Hi Melissa! Great question. Each character is crafted and contoured around each other; so as far as essential roles go, there has to be 12, and only 12! (Bummer, right?! We so tried to make it more flexible, but it just is more fun this way!) BUT – you could definitely still invite 24 people. Just pick 12 guests to play the key roles – the other invitees can still come as “paparazzi”, “investigators”, or even “raving fans” of the Hollywood starlets. They could go around, listen in, converse with each other about their theories, accuse who they think did it, and still have a great time! They just wouldn’t have an “assigned” role, per se, with key information to reveal. Regarding the hostess, that is entirely up to the host! In the “host guide”, we have fun options that include the host being a character, and the host just putting on the show! If you’d like to be a character with certain tasks to complete, the host guide describes how to go about doing that. (We tell you which papers you can and can’t look at if you’re involved as an active character, and want to be surprised at the end!) If you’d prefer to “sit out” and just observe/ensure everyone is having a good time, you can always play a generic role, like “paparazzi”. That way, you can still be really involved in the game (like I mentioned above with the other invitees), but being a host is busy enough, right?! I’m soo glad you think it looks like fun! We had a blast putting it together! You are so very welcome. 🙂

    1. Hi Pam! Fantastic question. I’ve thought a lot about this, as I had my own church group in the back of my mind as I was putting it together. Are you considering it for adults, or youth? Since murder is involved, I’m hesitant to give it my full support for a church group as-is. However, you could perhaps change some of the speaking parts to reveal the victim had been “poisoned”, rather than “murdered”. Also, since we are The Dating Divas, and we primarily wrote this as a fun, married-couple at-home date night to do with other married couples, we have some romance going on between the characters (that will be married in real life, don’t worry!) We wanted it to strengthen real relationships, even while acting as a character! (It’s all very mild, promise!) Anyway, that can also easily be removed if you are uncomfortable with that with your church group. It will just take a reading through of the various parts and crossing out the various “tasks” for the players to do. (You could use gold washi tape rather than a black marker to make it cute and match the rest of the kit). Running time might be a bit long for a weeknight activity, too, if that is what your group does – I seem to remember the party starting at 7 and ending around 9/9:30 by the time the awards were given, murderer accused, etc. The only other issue is, if in your church group, modesty is important – costumes from this era aren’t known for being modest. As you can see from the pictures though, we had success with this at the party, it just takes some hunting! 😉

  2. I am interested in your Red Carpet Revenge Murder Mystery Kit. I need to know first is there any sexual content (ie-affairs, sleeping around)? We are looking for a “PG” rated mystery. Thanks!

    1. Hey Laurel! Thank you for your interest! We kept things nice and clean in this murder mystery – we know all too well that the hunt for a clean one is TOUGH! (Not anymore, though 🙂 ) So let me tell you a bit about it, as I want to make sure you are fully informed before you make your decision. Since we designed this with married couples in mind to do on a group date, there is some “romance” between characters (that would be spouses “in real life”). Really innocent stuff, like pecks on the cheek and writing secret love notes to each other. So keep that in mind when you are assigning characters to friends or family! I’m going to send an e-mail to you disclosing a few more details about this murder mystery – I don’t want to spoil the surprise for others, but I want to make sure you have everything you need to make your decision. BUT – yes, it is very clean…much cleaner than most adult murder mysteries, absolutely! We certainly don’t condone affairs or sleeping around on our site, so rest assured that doesn’t happen…AT ALL 🙂

    1. Hey Casey! I am so glad you love it – we do too! 🙂 We actually made it originally for a range of 8 – 12 players, but when we tried it out that way, too many GREAT story lines were lost, and the 4 “extra” players were out of the loop a lot of times, as they didn’t have solid connections to the “main 8” players (We couldn’t write the extra players into the main story in case they weren’t there). So, unfortunately, no, it can’t be played with less than 12 players. Seriously BUMS me out to tell you that – we tried! But it really is WAY more fun this way. All of the characters are contoured around each other, so each juicy story relies on another character to bring it out into the light. We actually found that between 4 couples, we all had other married couple friends or in-laws that we could invite, so we easily totaled 12 people. I also made some new friends that night, too! Does that help? Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks so much for visiting the site!

  3. This makes me so happy to see you guys made one of these!! We have been thinking about doing a Murder Mystery Party for our Halloween activity for awhile. I am in a young married student ward (Everyone is married and going to college) There would be more than 12 of us… Do you think we could make this work? Maybe randomly assign key parts to some people and have the rest just trying to figure out the mystery? Could you maybe give me a little more details before I decide for sure if I should buy it? Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Amanda! We are so excited we did one, too! 🙂 Oh, married student wards are so MUCH FUN! So do you want to do it for a ward activity? If so…probably wouldn’t work, unfortunately. Bummer! (I’m assuming you probably have 200-ish people in your ward…that would be a no-go! Craziness! Ha!) BUT – you definitely can have more than 12 attend. You are exactly right; assign out the key roles to your “main 12”, and then have the rest come as paparazzi, raving fans, or anything else you can think of! They can listen in on/spread the gossip from others, but they just won’t have any major stories to tell themselves. They can help solve the mystery, too! 🙂 We don’t have set “invites” for these types of players in the kit, but all they need to know is the location, time and date of the party, to come in 20’s fashion, and get ready to solve a mystery! Personally, I don’t think I’d invite more than 24 people – I wouldn’t want more “extras” than key players, (as it’s way more fun for the key players, and we want EVERYONE to have a great time! We also want to keep things relatively balanced!) but that’s just me. They do have murder mysteries out there for BIG groups, (the biggest I’ve seen is 60…that just boggles my mind) but they are super duper expensive, and raunchy/not appropriate (especially for a married student ward activity! Yikes!). I hope that was an answer that helped you! Do you have any other questions?

  4. I would love to do this party, but quite a few people in our group of friends are single. Is there a way that we could still do the party without the date night aspect? Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Meredith! This is a great question! It definitely will still work! Not all of the characters have romantic tasks, and about half are “single” within the game (they don’t need to be paired with anyone). If ALL of your friends are single, the task sheets for some of the characters will need some editing – (I can help you with that if you need and tell you what you will need to cross out). We wrote it with couples in mind, so there is some very tame and mild romance between characters (writing love notes, kisses on the cheek, smelling of hair…ha!) There are 3 of these couples. (So 6 people total need to be seeing someone). The other 6 people can be single. Does that make sense? Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

  5. This looks so fun! And it’s so professional looking! I’ve only been to one Murder Mystery night before and it was a blast 😀 I think I might give my parents this kit for Christmas this year, they finally have time for themselves and their own friends now that all their children are so grown up now 🙂

    Is there any way for me to buy the kit without using the link above? It doesn’t seem to be working for me (I just get an error message).

    1. Hey Sandra! Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments! This pack was just so much work to put together, it really warms my heart to hear you say that! That’s the nice thing about being an Empty Nester, huh? I’m in the really-young-children-everywhere phase, and it’s pretty tiring, but wonderful in it’s own way 🙂 I’m sure your parents will love the pack! I’m really sorry for the trouble with the link. I asked some of the other Divas to test it out, and it was working fine for everyone else, so I’m not sure what the issue could be! Maybe clear your cache? Regardless, here is a direct link to our store where you can make the purchase! Thank you so very much!