Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  Growing up my mom always made a big deal about Halloween and I can remember her hosting lots of fun themed parties to celebrate.  Over the years I have planned lots of fun kid-friendly Halloween parties, like our Mummy and Me Halloween Soiree or the Mad Scientist Halloween Party, but I’ve always wanted to host a haunted evening of fun just for the adults. So this year I decided to host a mysterious and suspense filled evening with a Murder Mystery Dinner Party.

Murder Mystery Dinner Party_Giggles Galore

A little party never killed anyone…or did it?!?  A Murder Mystery party is a great way to engage and entertain guest.  And we have you covered with lots of great bone chilling ideas, spooky Halloween decorations and to die for cuisine.

Murder Mystery Dinner Party Table Setting_Giggles Galore

Set the scene for your party with candlelit rooms, mysterious apothecary jars, murder weapons and a few interesting and bony guest. I wanted to carry out the theme of our dinner party in each room of the house and created simple vignettes with an array of deadly props. Knives could be seen poking out of Gothic flower arrangements, bottles of poison could be spotted in the dinning room and guest couldn’t miss the rope hanging from the bony fingers of a guilty skeleton.

Poison Apple Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Spooky Flower Arrangement_Giggles Galore

Skeleton with Rope_Giggles Galore

Typewriter and Drink_Giggles Galore

The mystery starts as soon as guest arrive and whispers of dark accusations begin as guest sip on dark and stormy sangria. I set up a Pick Your Poison bar cart and guest could help themselves, or have our friendly, but slightly dead wait staff assist.  Create a few signature drinks like a Red Devil Martini rimmed with Demon Dust and include a variety of Halloween themed wine.

Skeleton Bar Cart_Giggles Galore

Red Devil Martini_Giggles Galore

Deathly Sangaria_Giggles Galore

Typically at our parties everyone tends to gather in the kitchen and stand around our large island where all the food is, but because the nature of this party is intended to get guest mixing and mingling I set out appetizers in the various rooms of the house that they would be visiting to find out whodunnit. In the living room guest found shrunken head sliders (meatball sliders) and in the study there were Devils on Horseback (bacon  & shrimp skewers) and in the kitchen guest could dig into graveyard dip.

Meatball Appetizer_Giggles Galore

Eventually the mystery takes guest to the dinning room where they find an eerie dinner party waiting.  The mood is set with dark and mysterious dinnerware and chalkboard tombstones make it easy for guest to find their seat.  I created a simple centerpiece with lots of pumpkins, deadly flower arrangements, a few creepy critters and items and clues to help solve the mystery.  Candelabras held flickering candles and dinner was enjoyed by candlelight.

Murder Mystery Dinner Place Setting_Giggles Galore

Knife Flower Arrangement_Giggles Galore

Black Candelabra Murder Mystery Dinner Party

The dinner menu included Decomposed Salad served with mummy servers, Eyeball Soup, Mystery Chicken and Death by Chocolate Brownies. To end the evening guest could fill treat bags with goodies from the spooky gauze covered Apothecary Bar. Here they found Deadly Edibles (cookies) in the Spellbook treat jar, killer red velvet cupcakes, with candy knife cupcake toppers and a black skull apothecary jar filled with monster munch.

Decomposed Salad Murder Mystery Dinner Party



Tomato Soup and Decomposed Salad_Giggles Galore

Death By Chocolate Dessert_Giggles Galore

Brews Potions Spells_Giggles Galore

Dead Velvet Cupcakes_Giggles Galore

Clue was one of my favorite games growing up and my kids recently discovered it at grandma’s house and we’ve been playing it together as a family. I was inspired by the suspense of solving the case and decided to bring the classic board game to life for our Murder Mystery Dinner Party. Guest found themselves as part of the ficticious murder mystery and everyone was enlisted to find out if it was Mr. Green in the living room with the rope or Mrs. White in the study with the knife. We played a living version of the game with each guest acting as one of the characters and my house serving as the mansion. Once all the guest had arrived they were dealt cards from the Clue game and the 3 cards were placed in the confidential file and the mystery began. I clipped the mystery sheets to clipboards and guest could roam from room to room trying to figure out who did it.  This was fun because it encouraged everyone to mix and mingle and unlike other murder mystery parties it wasn’t labor intensive or complicated to set up.  After the mystery was solved we had fun posing in the “Murder Booth” with our weapon of choice and our favorite bony guest.

Playing Murder Mystery Game_Giggles Galore

Murder Mystery Confidential File_Giggles Galore

Murder Mystery Photobooth_Giggles Galore

It was such a fun evening and our Murder Mystery Dinner Party was a big hit.  This Halloween entertain your friends and plan your own Murder Mystery Dinner Party for a mysterious evening of drinks, food and fun.  This is truly a party guest will be dying to come to!

Murder Mystery Dinner Party with Skeletons

For more great ideas for Halloween be sure to check out these posts from amazing bloggers, you’ll find everything from porch decor, kid-friendly parties, desserts and more!

Front Porch Decor Capturing Joy

Halloween Mantel Finding Silver Pennies

Halloween Desserts The Celebration Shoppe

Kids Halloween Party + Snacks Make Life Lovely

Halloween Drink Recipes Baked by Joanna

Halloween Dining Lauren McBride

Front Porch Decor House of Five

Front Porch Decor Fry Sauce and Grits

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on the behalf of World Market.  The opinions, text and photos are all all my own.



Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

Related Posts


  1. I want to come to your next halloween party! This looks like so much fun, from that large skeleton, to the eyeball in the soup, to the photo booth!

  2. Oh my girl! Totally creepy! That eyeball drink gave me the shivers. 😉 Pinning!

  3. Love it! This looks like so much fun! We have always wanted to have a mystery party and what better time than Halloween!

  4. I love everything about this! Pinned!

  5. So cool and spooky!

  6. This is amazeballs! Love all of the details, girl you went all out!

  7. What a fun dinner party! x

  8. omgosh this is absolutely fantastic!!! i’ve wanted to do one of these for a long time now & you’ve totally inspired me. you went over & beyond. love all of it from the menu to the decor to so many amazing details. so fun! xo- maryjo

    • Thank you so much MaryJo, we love hearing that we’ve inspired others to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary celebrations! You should definitely give this fun party theme a try, it was so much fun!

  9. What fun and fabulous decor.

  10. What a fun idea and your dining room looks fantastic! I love the black and white decor. Looks just like what I imagine the Clue mansion looked like!

  11. Never in a million years could I pull off something this fantastic in my own house! But I think it is a fabulous idea for sure. Kudos to you for hosting such a wonderful and inspirational event!

    • Thanks Dori! Entertaining friends is one of my passions, I think I got it from my mom who was a fabulous hostess and always went all out for Halloween. 🙂

  12. Everything looks faaaabulous!!!! I really want those skeleton serving utensils!

  13. It looks like this party would be so fun to attend. What was your favorite in preparing for your party? The food? the crafts? All very cool.

    • Thanks Deedra, it was a super fun party to put together. I think I’d have to say my favorite part was preparing the menu, I love coming up with creepy, fun Halloween themed food!

  14. Absolutely fantastic! From the décor to the food to the entertainment, you haven’t missed a thing! And it’s all over the top! Pinned, pinned and more pinning! 🙂

    • Lori, you are too sweet! Thank you for the sweet comment and for pinning our Halloween party. Hope it inspires you to throw something fun together this Halloween!

  15. Your decorating skills are mad, mad I tell you. What a great job you did, can’t wait to see your Christmas decor lol! It sounds like a great evening for all involved, and I love Clue too! How cool.

  16. Wow Mariah, you go all out to put on a fabulous Halloween party for your guests. Everything from the decor, the food, the theme is absolutely fabulous! Your party will be pinned to our DIY Sunday Showcase Party Talent Board this weekend!

    • Thanks for pinning and featuring our party, we love linking up and sharing our projects at your party so it’s always a treat to see them featured! 🙂

  17. what an amazing Halloween party idea for adults! Love this – pinned!

    stop by and chat with me 🙂

  18. All I can say is WOW! This is amazing. Your attention to detail is spectacular. Just the initial picture spooked me! Very well thought out and put together!

  19. What an awesome Halloween tablescape with all those goodies and decorations! Very cool!

  20. LOVE this! Definitely on my to do list to host a party like this. Your decorations are wonderfully themed. Hmm, I think I need to hit up the clearance sales after Halloween and host one of these next year.

    • Thanks Kristy! That’s a great idea to hit up the clearance sales after Halloween, I think I need to do that do and add a few skeletons to my party decor next year! 😉

  21. I LOVE murder mystery parties and throw them often, but I have never thrown one as well decorated as this. LOVE IT. I just pinned to my party board for future inspiration.

    • Thanks Cailly, we love throwing fun and interactive parties. I can’t wait to check out your party board, I’m sure you have lots of great ideas!

  22. Everything is Amazing!!! You just inspired me to throw a Halloween Party!!! Thank you!!

  23. Love this! It is the coolest Halloween display I have seen yet this year.

  24. This looks absolutely amazing! Pinned and tweeted. You always bring the most amazing creations to our party. Thank you! I hope to see you again, this Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

  25. I’m just stopping by to let you know that we will be featuring your murder mystery party at our party tonight at 7 pm! Woo Hoo! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you bringing such amazing things to our party. I hope to see you tonight. Lou Lou Girls

  26. Mariah, this is an AWESOME post…I love it!!! Found it at the Lou Lou Girls party, and hope you’ll come share it at the Home Matters Party this Friday! I have always been a huge fan of Clue and Halloween, and I can’t wait to give this party a spin of my own. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

    • Thanks so much Lorelai, we love that you stopped by from one of our favorite parties to link up to and we can’t wait to check out all the ideas and inspiration at your party too! 🙂

  27. So fun! Where did you find the miniature knife on top of the cupcake?

    • Thanks Cindy! They are candy cupcake toppers from Wilton, I’ve linked to them in them in the post so you can easily purchase them. Or you can check your local craft store around Halloween, they usually carry them.

  28. I thought it was interesting that you brought up playing Clue and wanting to bring that to life with a Murder Mystery Party. I never thought about it like that before. It would be so fun to play that kind of game in real life, even though it’s been so long since I’ve played the board game.

Speak Your Mind