Halloween Homicide in the Town of Dark Cloud

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An entertaining clue-based murder mystery party for 7-12+ guests ages 13 & up in an old mansion setting for Halloween. Play as co-ed, all female or all male - the characters are gender flexible! There are two characters that you can expand into teams to grow your invite list! Plus, an additional 8 character expansion pack is available to expand your invite list further!

Select the party ready option above, and our staff will fold and slip the clue cards for rounds one, two, and three into the envelopes to prevent you from seeing spoilers on the round cards. If you do not select this option, you will have some assembly required with your kit.

Five out of ten difficulty.

Helpful Links:

Click here to view the character list!
Click here for the free, printable invitation!
Click here for the instant download version of the game.
Click here to view sample game materials.
Click here for the 8 character expansion pack!
Direct your guests to the corresponding invitation site at 'Your Mystery Party'


Murder Mystery Synopsis:

The Shade Hallow Manor is a 17th-century mansion in Dark Cloud, which is an isolated town covered in dense fog. Built in 1670 by a legendary author named Shade Hallow, the estate is now an unkempt eyesore. In his day, Mr. Hallow was beloved and treated like royalty, as all loved his literary works.

Shade Hallow Manor has elegant architectural features, albeit they have been weathered throughout the years. Weeds have replaced the flowering shrubs and ornamental trees that once adorned the property. The final members of the Hallow lineage passed away in the early 1700's, leaving Shade's estate in the hands of the townspeople. Unfortunately, the people have neglected the place, primarily due to the legend that Shade Hallow's ghost roams the corridors at night.

Most of the townspeople have banded together and hope to remodel and reinstate the property as a historic bed and breakfast. They believe the old estate can generate tourism and income for Dark Cloud. Most people stand behind the idea, although a few are adamantly against the pursuit – claiming the manor's haunted and should be left alone.
Most of the dusty cobwebs have been swept away, and the Halloween bash is underway. You live in Dark Cloud and are on the fence about whether or not you support the idea of hosting an event there. However, you have been invited to attend, and this is where your story begins.

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Minimum age:
13 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
Minimum # of players:
7 players
Kit sizes:
4 different kit sizes, ranging up to a total of 40 players.
Expandable teams?:
Yes, kits C (10) & D (20) have expandable team players.
Date of publication:
2012. Last revised on October 2017
Unique content:
A few blackmail notes
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license's Terms and Conditions, see below.


  • 5
    Totally fun, will do it again!

    Posted by Melissa A on Oct 27th 2019

    I made sure everyone committed, and then paid extra to everything printed and sealed. I’m glad I did, it was totally worth it! We setup The night before, I made a booking police station photo op, that we used when people came in. Add some candles, webs, covered the furniture in white sheets, and made punch that I put into novelty blood bags, and added black lights. Saturday, 6pm, Everyone got a name tag and took a pic. After everyone settled, we started round one, and people got into character. It was funny. We had drinks and apps. We broke for dinner, at about 7:30. We pre ordered pizzas. At 8pm we started round two, the motive and who was going to be the victim became pretty clear. That part was funny because we all looked at her and said you got any last words? And she flipped us off and went to become the victim. 8:20pm The timeline (where everyone was during the murder) part was harder, that’s where I would take half a star, but we ended up doing that as a group. We each took turns reading off where we were, then the detective read the forensic report, and we wrote our guesses down. I collected the cards. Everyone shared who they thought the killer was. Then round 3 cards went out and they read them in order. The last to read is the killer. Over by 9:30-10pm Everyone wants to do it again!

  • 5
    Hosted this one last year

    Posted by R.C. on Oct 8th 2016

    Our guests enjoyed the evening. The mystery was great, my guests got into their roles and had a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this. We are doing Hatter's Ball this year.