Step-by-step: murder mystery event
As far as adult social events are concerned, murder
mystery nights promise lots of fun for a modest amount of effort.
They're particularly good for bringing friends together - after
all, who can resist a night of spirited
- Find a suitable venue in which to hold your event. Choose a
location which is convenient for the whole community to attend, and
make sure there is enough room for all of your guests to sit around
tables. Book the venue well in advance and secure the date.
- Employing the services of a specialist supplier guarantees a
killer evening which your guests will never forget! Although this
means you'll have an initial cost up front, it will be worth every
penny. The format can differ from company to company - some will
simply put on an interactive play where your guests are the
detectives, while others will spend the day working with a cast
from among your number to perform during the evening.
- Consider whether to provide food or ask guests to bring their
own. Discuss how the play will be broken down so that you can plan
food and refreshments around intervals. A social event of this
nature is sure to succeed with a plentiful supply of wine, however
check licensing requirements with your local authority if you're
selling (or supplying) alcohol.
- Sell tickets in advance and adopt a ticket-only policy on the
door. Make sure the ticket price covers your costs and provides a
reasonable profit. Source prizes for the winning team - the table
who guesses the murderer and motive. If guests are wearing fancy
dress, appoint some judges to offer a prize for the best
- Publicise the event well in advance on posters, in the local
press and via social media. Generate a buzz of excitement by asking
local shops and businesses to display your posters. You'll need a
few volunteers to check tickets on arrival and to help set up and
Murder mystery tips and advice
Theme: Choose which murder mystery play you
want and use this theme for the rest of your event. Will you have a
1920s gangster game, a 'killer' reunion, or murder on the dance
floor. Use this theme to help define the dress code.
Reviews: If you can, check reviews of the
murder mystery company you hope to use, or get a recommendation.
You want to make sure the actors are good at getting everyone
involved, and holding their attention.
Ticket options: Sell single as well as group
tickets (eg, tables of eight) to encourage people to invite their
Save money: Can you save on overheads by
writing and performing your own murder mystery party? If you're
feeling ambitious, give yourself plenty of time to work out the
logistics, recruit actors and polish your performance. Local
amateur dramatics societies or secondary school drama students may
also be willing to provide a cost-efective alternative.
The above is intended as guidance only. We
recommend that you contact the relevant organisations with specific
reference to insurance, legal, health and safety and child
protection requirements. Community Inspired Ltd cannot be held
responsible for any decisions or actions taken by a PTA, based on
the guidance provided.
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