Hatter's Ball | A Murder Mystery Game

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A Hatter's Ball murder mystery party game for 8-18+ guests, ages 14 and up due to difficulty. Characters are flexible gender, so this game may be played co-ed, all female or all male. This is the instant download version of the game - easy to prepare and host -  and, you avoid the wait and shipping fees, as there's nothing that needs to be shipped. For the party ready pack, click on the link below in the helpful links section. This game was created for hosts who loved Bloodwood Masquerade Ball so much, they requested another with the same characters! The characters are jumbled up in order and placed into a new mystery for you to solve!

There are four PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file, solution key, and an optional free invitation file.  You must use Adobe Reader (free software that you can download at to view the PDF file, as a PDF is an Adobe product. 

Format: this is a traditional, mingling, clue-based game (downloadable version) for in-person groups. For virtually-formatted games that are ideal for video chat platforms, click here.

Gifting: the standard game license does not allow transfers, so you cannot purchase a download as a gift. For gifts, click here for gift certificates, or use the link below for the boxed version of the game (party pack). 

Note: the setting of the game is the Hatter's Ball, but the characters are not inspired by Wonderland characters - they are the characters from Bloodwood Masquerade.


Helpful Links:

 Host character list
 Free, printable invitation
 Sample game materials
 Murder mystery prop emporium
 6+ character Expansion pack #1 - Purchased separately
 16 character Expansion pack #2 - Purchased after Expansion pack #1
 Boxed version - My Mystery Party will prepare your party ready kit
 Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game site at Your Mystery Party

Murder Mystery Synopsis:

The neighborhood socialites have touted the Hatter’s Ball as the bash of the year in the isolated town of Bloodworth Falls. Mayor Riley White has organized the event in the old Bloodwood Castle as a diversion from the scandals that have plagued the town in recent months. Of course, it’s no coincidence the ball is scheduled right before the upcoming mayoral election.

The mayor posted the invite list online, and your adversaries have already sent in their RSVPs. You’re intrigued and have decided you cannot miss an opportune moment to seek revenge on those who have crossed you in the past. Now, you are on a hunt for the perfect hat. This is where your story begins. 

If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license - click here.

Minimum age:
14+ years for difficulty
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 6/10
Gender of character roles:
# of players in main game:
8-18 players
Expansion pack(s):
6 players, 16 players
Expandable team players:
To 130+ players with expansion packs
Date of publication:
Jan, 2017
Game license:
Single, private use. See the game license's Terms and Conditions below.


  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 2nd 2016

    My 15 year old daughter did this party for 8 girls. They all dressed up and wore hats and had a great time. It was simple to follow and everyone loved that someone died in the second act. We have purchased other murder mysteries parties but this one was by far the least complicated and easiest to follow. The plot line was easy to follow but still left room for the characters to put their own flare to it. Would highly recommend I especially for first time party goers and large groups (but was just as much fun for a small group)!

  • 5
    Amazing game, amazing company

    Posted by Vicki Detrick on Jul 13th 2016

    First impressions were just awesome - Nancy was very helpful with my sluggish decisions and tons of questions. They have excellent customer service. Second, the game was amazing - me and my friends had the best time. SO sticking with these guys - customer for life.

  • 5

    Posted by RITA on Jun 26th 2016

    My guests went ALL OUT with this party and we had a blast figuring out whodunit! Now all of my friends think they're Sherlock Holmes ;-) Thanks for putting together such a wonderful party. Rita from Houston