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Million Dollar Mystery

A Night of Mystery and Mayhem Worth Millions!

How to Play

A complete intro into what to expect with this extra-cool kid mystery!

How to Play

To invite them to the will reading of their confidant – R. Red!

All of the Colorful Characters Show Up!

Everyone from the millionaire’s betroving butler to the meddling maid and the shifty siblings are invited!

Introductions Are Made…And Secrets Are Revealed! 

Who was responsible for the death… and how are we going to find out?!?!?

It’s Time To Start The Investigations!

The kids are divvied up into suspects and detectives and and given short scripts to read.

He Did It…No, She Did It!

Investigations occur!!! Evidence is presented!!!

And then after much deliberation and review of the evidence…

Guesses Are Made

Solution is Read & The Culprit Confesses!

And time to award some SUPER sleuths!!!

And maybe a group picture!

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Costumes

Look here for ideas on how to outfit your colorful characters for this mystery!

Costumes

RELATIVES & FRIENDS OF THE DECEASED:

• Fancy outfits

• Anything to show wealth –
gold cane
expensive jewelry
mink stolls
fur coats
feather boas
watch piece

• Suit with jacket

• Bow tie

• Top hat

• Money tucked into places, like lapel, hatband, etc.

• Cuff links

• Ball gowns

• A cane

ADD TO ANY OUTFIT

• Boas

• Wigs (think any variety)

• Facial hair

• BLING!

• Gold or silver accesorries of any type

• Fancy headress

• Cigarette extension holders

• Props of any sort!

• LARGE hats

• Fake eyelashes

• A fake weapon of some sort – exposed or not

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Decoration Ideas

Palm trees, sand and surf set the tone for a beachy vacation vibe! There is no limit to what you can do!

Creating an Entrance!

• Have a red carpet runner leading up to the entrance.

• A “R” Monogram on the door (or use one that comes with the mystery kit).
– Purchase a wood or cardboard “R” from a local craft store and spray paint it gold.

• Have a sign for Mystery Manor (print out the sign included with the mystery).

• Outdoors, create a family graveyard (insructions on how to make your own authentic tombstones in the packet.)
– Don’t forget to put the tomb of Robert or Rita Red.
– Add another tombstone with your party’s date and no name or a “?” on it.

• A little fingerprinting. As the guests arrive it’s fun to do a little fingerprinting.
— You can then take of each guest, put it on the fingerprint card and have a suspect board for your party. At the end of the party, it is a great rememberance of the party!

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Inside the Party Space

• Have a table to memorialize Rita or Robert Red. Include pictures of the late millionaire.

• Glam up the inside with a can of gold spray paint. Paint wine bottles, candlesticks, old vases (and add flowers – fake or real), etc. If you are going for a more eerie effect, you can use black spray paint.

• Cover the furniture with white sheets, as if the house is now abandoned and unused.

• Hang spider webs in the corners of Mystery Manor.

• Have a vase of dead flowers as a centerpiece to add to the erie atmosphere.
— You can sometimes get old or dead flowers from a florist for no charge.
— Spray paint synthetic flowers black.
— Purchase black flowers around Halloween time.

• Create a “scene of the crime” with a taped outline, fake evidence and a bloodstain – all roped off with caution or crime scene tape. You can use the evidence markers included with the mystery!

• Cover your tables with white tablecothes to add elegance.

• Add signage for your rooms (included in the mystery purchase).
– Name your rooms the names of the traditional Clue game including: Dining Room, Hall, Conservatory, Study, Kitchen, Billiard Room, Lounge, etc.

• Create a suspect board, with shots of all of your guests!

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Setting Your Table

If you choose to have a dinner and/or do your introductions over a table, you can make it fun and mystery-ish or elegant and elaborate — you decide!

MYSTERY

• If looking for a more “creepy” atmosphere, spray paint your accents black!

• Consider a color scheme that goes with the color(s) of the characters. Use plasticware that matches that/those colors.

• Get a set of rainbow napkins and colored plates for each of the guests to have their own setting.

• Use ficticious weapons as table decorations – rope, poison, dagger, etc.

• Line the table with crime scene tape.

• Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting. Include titles like “who dunnit dessert” and “killer cupcakes.”

• A vase with dead or black flowers as your centerpiece.

ELEGANT

• Use linen table cloths.

• Tea lights.

• Fancy table runner.

• Candleabra.

• Spray paint random things gold to add a flare for the elite. Use as table decorations.

• Gold plates and plasticware.

• Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting.

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Lighting

To create an erie lighting, consider using non-traditional lighting. Some examples are:

• Tea lights
— To add a shimmering effect, place them on mirrored circles (found at your local craft shop) or simply cover cardboard with aluminum foil and place the tea lights on top of them.

• White twinkly lights

• White paper lanterns

• Candles

• Chandeliers

• Candelabras

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Create a Photo Spot! 

Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.

A few suggestions:

• Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

• You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

• Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.

• An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter.” These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

• Use props to enhance the photos. Have things like top hats, boas, big sunglasses, etc. for your guests to pose with.

• Suspect Board photo prop is included with mystery! (pictured above art top of page)

• Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

• For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
— Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

• ‘Suspect Board’ prop is included with the mystery! (pictured below)

• For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

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Utilizing the Extras!

Be sure to utilize all of the extras that come with the mystery–

• Name cards for your guests

• Personalized menus

• Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses

• Signs for your party spaces

• Evidence markers to help make a crime scene

• and MORE!

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Food & Music

Ideas on what to feed your super sleuths to get the job done!

A Fancy Feast!

In honor of your favorite millionaire with impeccable taste, you can consider serving some of the finest food from elegant hors d’eurves to a delectable dinner.
Try some of these links for:
– Elegant Appetizers
– Gourmet Main Dishes
 Divine Desserts

OR, make the kid-version of your favorite elegant bites!!!
Some examples may be…
– Pepporoni Cheese Stick Rolls
– Loaded Tater Tot Skewers
– Mac’n Cheese Bites
– Pancake Kabobs

Be sure to utilize all of the extras that come with the mystery–

• Name cards for your guests
• Personalized menus
• Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses
• and MORE!

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Spooky Treats To Eat

Since murder is the theme of your party, try some of these horror-ific FARE to share with your guests.

All the fixin’s for a terrifying feast. Including Awful Arachnids, Eerie Eyeballs, Freaky Witches’ Fingers, Brittle Merangue Bones, Savory Brain Shrimp Spread, Deviled Eggs, Decayed Corpse Chips with Entrail Salsa, Spicy Bat Wings and more… Click here.

Mystery Makings for dessert

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Setting Your Table

If you choose to have a dinner and/or do your introductions over a table, you can make it fun and mystery-ish or elegant and elaborate — you decide!

MYSTERY

• If looking for a more “creepy” atmosphere, spray paint your accents black!

• Consider a color scheme that goes with the color(s) of the characters. Use plasticware that matches that/those colors.

• Get a set of rainbow napkins and colored plates for each of the guests to have their own setting.

• Use ficticious weapons as table decorations – rope, poison, dagger, etc.

• Line the table with crime scene tape.

• Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting. Include titles like “who dunnit dessert” and “killer cupcakes.”

• A vase with dead or black flowers as your centerpiece.

ELEGANT

• Use linen table cloths.

• Tea lights.

• Fancy table runner.

• Candleabra.

• Spray paint random things gold to add a flare for the elite. Use as table decorations.

• Gold plates and plasticware.

• Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting.

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Music

Spooky Music– If haunting and howling is what you want for the backdrop of your party, you can find a variety of Halloween music at stores or at your library. To download some free riffs, find them here.

Horror score music– Download some free music scores from some horror flicks. Find it here.
Or try a cd of music. Find it here.

Rocky Horror Picture Show– A musical score for a spooky party. Find it here.

Classical Music– To add a touch of elegance to this high society get-together, you may want to try some of the classics. Find it here.

Free Music– If you are looking to keep costs low, you can always visit your local library to find the perfect musical score for your party.

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Click on the image to get to our Spotify Playlist for this party!

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Tips

All of the information regarding how to run your Million Dollar Mystery party can be found online at Night of Mystery. We highly suggest that you take time to look over our website and download the Million Dollar Mystery preview file. Upon reading the introduction file, it will give you a better understanding about how the parties are run and what to expect once you purchase a full mystery file.

If you still have question, the Frequently Asked Questions page at Night of Mystery is a great resource or you can contact us.

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