'Horror in the Haunted House'  Game Synopsis


8 - 14 Guests

A fancy dress party is being held by Horrorwood Studios to celebrate the success of their latest film 'Ghouls just wanna have fun'. Owner of Horrorwood Studios, Hal O'Ween, has invited many of the actors, actresses and employees involved in the making of the film. Join them for an evening of fright and horror, some of it intentional, some of it not.

A frightening murder mystery game for 8 to 14 players set at a present day horror fancy dress party. Great for Halloween!

Also available in: Teen Version | Female Only Version | Teen Girl Version


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Contents

  • Host Instructions
  • Guest Instructions
  • Character Descriptions
  • Character Motives
  • Game Clues
  • Print-able Invitations
  • Email-able Invitations
  • Invitation Tracking
  • Name Tags
  • Pre-Game Clues
  • Suggested Recipes
  • Tips from Other Hosts
  • Bulk Emailing Tools
  • Scripts (Large Group Games Only)
  • Cast Materials (Large Group Games Only)

Team-Building Features (Available only in Team Building version)

  • Facilitator's Instructions
  • Team Assignments Tools
  • Team Building Activities
  • Table Tents
  • Team Building Tips and Suggestions
  • Questionnaires and Team Review Tools
  • Awards

Murder Mystery Reviews

This was the second murder mystery party I hosted and the first using the clue based/ rounds format. The feedback I received from people that came last year was that they liked this format better because it was more cohesive, I suspect because everyone had access to the information that was shared during the rounds. I don't think people had much of an opportunity to ask questions beyond the information they were getting in the rounds because it does take a fair amount of time to go through all of the rounds/ clues but it was really fun. I followed the advice from two of the postings and made magazine covers though bighugelabs.com (one of which contained a hint as to the murderer) and I mailed the first round of clues (deleting the part about the person not being the murderer and leaving it on for the murderer)a week before the party. I made up bags with nametags, pens, pads,a copy of the first clue as well as beads for the women and some Halloween trinkets for the men. We had a dummy dead Hal out on our porch with Caution tape wrapped around him and one of my invitees played the part of the detective. I didn't make up any clues for her, her role was to facilitate the rounds. Only one person guessed the murderer and I gave out certificates and prizes for best costume, best actor and best sleuth but I did not tell people ahead of time about this. Everyone really liked the party theme, and as anticipated, had a great time.
Jennifer C.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
This was the second murder mystery party I hosted and the first using the clue based/ rounds format. The feedback I received from people that came last year was that they liked this format better because it was more cohesive, I suspect because everyone had access to the information that was shared during the rounds. I don't think people had much of an opportunity to ask questions beyond the information they were getting in the rounds because it does take a fair amount of time to go through all of the rounds/ clues but it was really fun. I followed the advice from two of the postings and made magazine covers though bighugelabs.com (one of which contained a hint as to the murderer) and I mailed the first round of clues (deleting the part about the person not being the murderer and leaving it on for the murderer)a week before the party. I made up bags with nametags, pens, pads,a copy of the first clue as well as beads for the women and some Halloween trinkets for the men. We had a dummy dead Hal out on our porch with Caution tape wrapped around him and one of my invitees played the part of the detective. I didn't make up any clues for her, her role was to facilitate the rounds. Only one person guessed the murderer and I gave out certificates and prizes for best costume, best actor and best sleuth but I did not tell people ahead of time about this. Everyone really liked the party theme, and as anticipated, had a great time.
Jennifer C. - 4 Decato Drive
Monday, November 04, 2013
I purchased "Murder in the Haunted House" on October 16 for a Saturday October 31, 2009 party. We host an annual halloween costume party but wanted something "different" year. I e-mailed my "save the date" to potential guests on September 17 after feeling out with a dozen or so who were interested. I sent this to a lot more than I expected would commit or show-up. On an average year we begin prop-building and thinking about layout in July. By September Labor Day we are decorating indoors. By October 1st our garage is shut off to outsiders. This is our favorite holiday and our number 1 fall priority. When I sent the "save the date" in September I started an excel spreadsheet with names, commitment (yes, no, maybe), the date of their RSVP, part assignment, what food/beverage item they could bring, and if they would be there for the Murder Mystery or the after party, banking on a 1.5-2 hour mystery based on the website. Because it was OSU homecoming we had a few who showed up later for the after-party. As I received RSVPs, I knew I would have enough to purchase the game. After purchasing the game, I began assigning parts and soon realized I would need to "create" some extra parts. My part was wife of the homeowner, non-active part. This was good because I had way to much to do during the party. I didn''t tell the guests who had "real" or "created" parts. Only a couple of people left when they realized they didn''t have an active role. I had to create motives for the extras but it wasn''t too hard. If you''re creative its really fun. I think everyone finally logged in to the site to view their character by the week of the party. By that time I had 30 assigned parts. There were a couple of folks that cancelled and I had to find replacements for which worked out fine. The week before the party I printed off all the clues. I put all the clues for each character in a homemade envelope from recycled paper and decorated with halloween stamps/ink. This was the most time consuming party. Cutting, glueing, labeling. When people arrived: they "checked-in".We provided all the alcohol but some brought alcohol instead of a food item. Alcohol and food we supplied totaled about $200. Plus the cost of the game. And the cost of prizes. We had a prize for the killer (he knew) for being a good actor, prize for the person who guessed (we only had 1 correct), then prizes for various costume categories (we always have that). It was a tremendous amount of work, but I think everyone had fun. We had a lot of international students and except for 1 person, no one had ever played a murder mystery before. Our age group was 25-60 about. I sent weekly emails updating everyone as to who was coming ( I sent a partial spreadsheet). Some were very nervous as to how it would go down. So, we had a casual snacking buffet. We began in the haunted garage with the dead body. After we read the first 3 rounds, we took a break and regathered at the bonfire in the backyard. Problem 1) People took too long on the break....about 25 minutes for the first one...about 20 for the second one. Problem 2) Lighting. For Halloween the house is darker and even with colored bulbs it was a little dark for some, but it was okay. I wouldn''t change that. However, at the bonfire, I had to constantly add wood to keep enough flames to create light in the seating circle. Luckily we had some flashlights and folks shared. So how did we get it going? One person always started...someone (Usually Adam Family) had a question to ask...then someone answered and if they also had a question to ask...they did. So we went one right after the other and everyone in the circle could see and hear the responses and all the questions/answers. This worked well. And some folks got into "acting" out their parts well. For the most part everyone read from the clues. No one tried to memorize. The party began at 8:30 with some arriving earlier. (we thought folks would be getting trick or treaters so we started later). The game ended around 11:15.m. Obviously it went a lot longer than 1.5-2 hours stated in the game. This was not a problem for most but I was worried. Most left then but some stayed until about 2am which was fun. People were able to drink beverages during the game. Giving everyone their packet of clues (each round with in the packet was stapled and sealed with a tiny piece of tape) worked well and should have made things faster but with drinking/eating/socializing, it was hard to control. We don''t allow shoes in our house, so most went from the garage (food/beverages) to the sunroom to the bonfire. Four people showed up an hour early for the "after party" and ending up leaving before the MM was over. You can have extras just be non active audience but they need to realize they will have no part. Even the "created" characters could show reactions to questions/answers to make it lively. Like a soap opera. Everyone with a part was able to guess (secret ballot) and its actually less stressful for the extras I assigned because after round 2 have they no speaking parts. Just taking notes and trying to figure out who did it. I had one surprise extra: someone''s boyfriend who came as a policeman. He arrested the killer when he was announced. It was very funny because he had handcuffs. I would do it again, but it is a lot of work. And you need reliable folks who will rsvp, and show up. People who will hopefully realize how much work you put into it. Planning and decorating took two months but the final two weeks are crazy. Costumes can be cheap & simple and we required them.
Richelle E. - Stillwater, OK
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We had such a fun time and there were enough clues that only a couple people guessed it right. We felt it went on a litle too long (3.5 hours) but had a great time. The final round before the solution round didn''t seem neccessary and could have been taken out. BUT, we had a blast - everyone got way into it and had great costumes!
Kevin L. - Salt Lake City, Utah
Monday, March 01, 2010
I did read all the reviews before beginning the party plans. They were very helpful, and I did use a lot of the ideas. Our party was a hugh success. None of our guests had participated in this type of party, so were unsure of things. The "casting call" helped to clear most questions. Most of them did not come in costume; but they did come in character. It was wonderful to see all the adlibbing being done. It had been a very long time since I''ve laughed that much.
Martha M. - Novi, MI
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
This was the first such event any of us had done, and we made heavy modifications. We did this primarily because we wanted to film it all. We hid all the clues, and in the round before they were needed we gave the reader a 'clue' on where to find the clue.. As we filmed each round we used the camera to 'prompt' each person when to ask any questions they had. We also wrote in an inspector that basically drove the event along for us. I gave out the background and introductions a few days in advance, and gave all characters their complete data just prior to the start. This was to allow them to better develop their character personality. I also removed the information on their guilt, except for the real killer. In the 3rd round, we fingerprinted each suspect and attached them to the fingerprint analysis sheets we had printed beforehand. Then we made the results available in round 7. We also made a stuffed dead body for our victim and modified the script a little to allow for the party to be in "Hal O'Weens" office instead of the house. All in all, though it ran a bit longer than we planned for, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and get into the spirit of things. I would rate it an enjoyable success. In the end, nobody picked the right killer, although someone almost did and then changed their mind.
Richard C. - Purcellville VA
Monday, November 03, 2008
This made for a great Halloween weekend party! We had people of all ages playing and everyone fit in perfectly! We can't wait to do another murder mystery party again soon.
Candace S. - Allen, Texas
Monday, November 03, 2008
Horror in the Haunted House was a great success. Our party used 13 of the 14 characters, everyone was in character, and played their respective parts. It was fun, engaging,and everyone left excited and ready to do it again.
Matt D. - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I had a character for every guest that attended. More people dressed up than any other year and everyone had a blast! I had a great time making the characters and preparing for the party.
Dianne B.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Had a lot of fun with the game. Upper limit of the game was for 14 guests. I knew after purchase of it I would have 15. Not terribly difficult to write in a new character: E. Z. Muhney, producer of Hal O'Ween's horror films. His/her motive was that although all of Hal's movies were critically acclaimed, and his first few made a profit at the box office, his last few films were losing money. The evidence for all to see was a cost/benefit analysis of each of the first 7 films. My wife was retiring on 10/31, and we played the game on 10/27 as a Retirement/Halloween party. The game was played around a buffet of finger food. Everyone got into the spirit and came in costume. Everyone had a good time and dressed for their parts. Four or five people guessed the right killer, so it wasn't too hard to figure out. The downside of the game was that not all materials e-mailed from the web site went to the recipients. The general instructions lead you to believe that the clues would be revealed informally as the guests mingled, but actually it was more of a Q&A game where everyone had to hear all of the clues as they were read out loud. The Q&As in the game materials were in no particular order and, although I tried to put them in a logical order, the guests were reluctant to start off each round without prompting by me as host. Anyway, all had fun. We got some pictures which I may try to upload if I have time and can figure out how to do.
Dale . - Woodbridge, VA
Friday, November 09, 2007