Bribes, lies, and cocktails: How to host a murder mystery party

I have tons of great memories from these parties, which is not unlike the memories I make when I travel. Happy Halloween, everybody! I hope it’s safe and fun for all of you!

The Great Experimenters

Long, long ago, I hosted a disastrous costume party. Instead of an action-packed night of hilarity, it turned out to be a group of eight almost-strangers sitting quietly in my living room as if we weren’t dressed as witches and werewolves. Someone yawned and everyone went home early. As I stood in my empty hall and let the weight of disappointment that comes with failure settle over me, I swore to myself that next time would be different.

Different is just what I did the following year, and for four years after. Freeform Games, a company that specializes in interactive murder mystery games, has enough variety in their themes to last a lifetime. Starting with Victorian-era Egypt and traipsing through the centuries and back, my guests and I made life-lasting memories playing these games. The five years I hosted these parties were lessons in creativity, organization, and bliss-filled fun.


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6 thoughts on “Bribes, lies, and cocktails: How to host a murder mystery party

  1. Hello SRDryja, we’re a start-up Murder Mystery Party company based in the UK (, and we’d like to offer you one of our games for free, in the hope that if you like it you might blog about us. They’re terribly easy to organise – our website sends out the invitations directly, by email. If you’re interested, get in touch at, and also please feel free to pass the offer on to other bloggers. Regards, Martin

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