How to Host a Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Halloween is the perfect time to dress up and create a spooktacular themed party.  Murder mystery parties are an excellent way to engage and entertain friends this Halloween.  Not sure where to start?  Don’t worry, I’m here to share my favorite tips and show you how to host a Murder Mystery Dinner Party that is to die for!

How to Host a Murder Mystery Dinner Party

I recently teamed up with Oriental Trading to create this bone chilling Murder Mystery dinner party.  It’s full of spooky Halloween decorations, to die for treats and an interactive “who dunit” mystery.  Make sure you click on over to Fun365 to see all of the party details and products I used to create this mysterious party with a nod to the classic board game, Clue

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Party

If you want to host the Halloween party 0f the season that everyone is talking about and “dying” to attend follow these easy steps.

Make a Guest List

The first step to a successful murder mystery party is to create a guest list.  Your guest will need to be “on stage” and part of this interactive dinner.  Being comfortable with one another will help the group feel relaxed enough to play a part and get into their roles.

How to Host a Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Select a Party Kit

Once you know who is going to receive an invitation it’s time to choose a theme and select a party kit. You can purchase a variety of murder mystery kits that include a story about a murder, character assignments, background information and clues.  Choose from instant downloads of the game or boxed sets that are ready to go for your party.

Vintage Halloween Decorations

Assign Character Roles

Once you have your guest list and you’ve decided on the murder mystery party kit, it’s time to assign character roles and get your guest involved.  As the host you will assign character roles to your guest prior to the party.  Send out invitations and notify your guests of the theme of the party, along with their character information and costume suggestions.

Murder Mystery Dinner Party Dessert Table


There is no need to break the bank with party decor, but you definitely want to set the stage for your mysterious night of fun.  Oriental Trading has so many great decorations that will help you create the perfect ambiance for your murder mystery dinner party.  From skeletons to spider webs, and vintage Halloween ceramic plates to Metallic gold cutlery you can find everything you need for your Halloween themed party. When it comes to decorations for your murder mystery dinner party you want to make sure that you engage all of your guests’ senses from the moment they enter the room. Light candles in a candelabra to create a spooky mood, play eerie Halloween music, serve spooky food and transform your home into ghostly old manor where mysteries come alive!

Murder Mystery Party Bar Cart

Murder Mystery Dinner Party Place Setting

Plan Your Menu

Most murder mystery party games are organized into rounds, so it’s a great idea to plan your menu accordingly.  Typically, round one would be a cocktail and appetizer hour.  Create a spooky Corpse Reviver Cocktail and serve a sinister charcuterie board as your guest arrive.  Round two is where you gather guest together around the table and serve dinner.  Round three is the ideal time to serve coffee and dessert as the evening comes to an end.  

Corpse Reviver Cocktail

Halloween Charcuterie Board

Have Fun

Halloween is the perfect time of year to host a murder mystery dinner party and it was only fitting that we have a Murder Mystery Photo Booth to capture all the fun.  This interactive party is meant to be light-hearted, entertaining and fun, this is truly a party guest will be dying to come to this Halloween!

Halloween Murder Mystery Photo Booth


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.

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  1. This Halloween setup looks AMAZING! Two years ago we threw a Murder Mystery party that was a lot of fun! I must say, we definitely didn’t have nearly as cool of decorations as your pics so this time I’ll have to take some pointers from this post!! We did play a relay race rolling pumpkins around in the backyard that was pretty hilarious though!

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