How to Write a Murder Mystery Party

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How to Write a Murder Mystery Party
Plan your own murder mystery when hosting your next party. (arrow image by Hunta from

Murder mystery parties are always exciting events, putting a twist on the classic dinner party and allowing friends to role play and try to solve a fake crime. Some venues host murder mystery parties, but you may be considering throwing the party at your house instead. Rather than purchasing a murder mystery game, write the plot yourself. With a little preparation and creativity, you can create a murder mystery party that your guests will always remember.

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  1. 1

    Create your guest list and confirm who will be coming. Because each of your guests will be cast in a role, it is important to know who your cast will be before you begin writing.

  2. 2

    Write a list of characters, including names, background information and the role they will play at the party. One guest will be the murderer, and at least one (or more) will be the victim. Assign the role of detective to another guest (although all of your guests can help solve the mystery). Assign yourself the role of host, although this can be changed if you wish. Choose a character for each of your guests based on your knowledge of your friends and their personalities. Some of your guests may be "in on" the mystery, while others don't know; this is up to your discretion. The guests who are "in on it" should have characters that will be suspects, but innocent.

  3. 3

    Write down a paragraph explaining how the murder happens, and what the murderer's motive is. The crime cannot be random; the killer should have a sound reason for wanting to harm the victim, and that reason must be present in both of those character's backgrounds.

  4. 4

    Write a summary (as long and detailed as you'd like) of exactly what happens at the party. This is for your eyes only, so allow yourself to ramble. Begin with the guests' arrival and plan out when the murder takes place (ideally near the beginning of the party), where it takes place and what clues will be left. For guests who are part of the actual crime, you may write a bit of dialogue to guide them in dropping hints and clues for guests to solve.

  5. 5

    Write the script for your murder mystery party based on the summary. This should include stage directions ("victim exits to use the bathroom") and any required props. Write any action needed; for example, whether two of the characters get into a fight because one suspects the other. Leave some room for improvisation as your guests may spontaneously add their own ideas as the party progresses.

Tips and warnings

  • Have a few friends help you walk through the murder mystery prior to the party. Lay out all of the clues and read from the script. Include enough hints so that it is possible for your guests to solve the crime.

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