Murder at Skull Manor Costume Ball murder mystery

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A fun Halloween murder mystery party a minimum of 8 players, ages 13+ due to difficulty. 45 unique character roles with all three expansion packs (all packs purchased separately) and main game. Expansion packs will expand to accommodate 225 guests (see outline on how to host a large party below). 

This is the instant download upon purchase version of the game - no waiting and there's nothing to ship, so you avoid shipping fees! You will have everything you need in the PDF file to play the game. Easy to host, easy to prepare. 

There are four PDF files to download with this game - host instructions, printable materials, answer key, and the 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). 

Five out of ten for difficulty.

This game was updated on 07/15/24 and will not be seamless with previous versions of the game. 

Helpful Links:

Game Trailer Video
Host character list
Free, printable invitation
Sample game materials
12 character Expansion pack #1Purchased separately.
12 character Expansion pack #2 Purchased separately, after Expansion pack #1
9 character Expansion pack #3 Purchased separately, after Expansion packs #1, #2
Boxed version Our staff will print and prepare your kit for you. A spoiler-free option is available.
Free player pre-game site Your players can immediately get in on the action. 
Pinterest Board More Halloween DIY food, decor, party ideas

Mystery Synopsis:

It is time for the annual Skull Manor Costume Ball! The manor, an old estate in the heart of Spider City, is renowned for its captivating architecture, mysterious ambiance, and unspeakable history. The townspeople have been bustling about, preparing for a night filled with great food, engaging conversations, and outrageous gossip.

This year has been particularly challenging, marked by dissension and discord among many of Spider City's residents. Rumors of scandalous controversies, including blackmail and thievery, have been circulating through the town’s grapevine. Despite these tensions, everyone hopes to set aside their differences for a fun night. If not, misfortune might be on the horizon. This is where your story begins.

How to Host a Large Party:

The main game and all expansion packs are purchased separately. 

Main Game: 12 Suspect Player Roles

  • 20+ Expandable Players as Darby Yontz’s Viking Tough Run Staff (Vikings)

Expansion Pack #1: 12 Suspect Player Roles

  • 20+ Expandable Players as Mo Plinker’s Colleagues (Contortionists)

Expansion Pack #2: 12 Suspect Player Roles

  • 20+ Expandable Players as Bruce Kent’s Citizen’s on Patrol (Superheroes)

Expansion Pack #3: 9 Suspect Player Roles

  • 20+ Expandable Players as Bonnie Capone’s Mob (‘20s Gangsters)
  • 20+ Expandable Players as Jess Bigsby’s Telemarketers (Business Casual)
  • 20+ Expandable Players as Micki Fish’s Castmates (Monsters)
  • 20+ Expandable Players as Vic Beeber’s Castmates (Reality Show Cast Members)
  • 20+ Expandable Players as Kris Nance’s Cyborg Engineers (Cyborgs)
  • 20+ Expandable Players as Stevie Jett’s World Travelers (Tourists)
  • 20+ Expandable Players as Theo Wimbly’s Artifact Dealers (Mummies)
  • 20+ Expandable Players as Heather Bank’s Entourage (Security)
  • 20+ Expandable Players as Ash Spinx’s Managers (Witch/Wizards)

TOTAL PLAYERS: 225+ (45 suspects, 180 in duplicated expandable teams of non-suspects)

Commercial licensing:

If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit &/or in public &/or as a benefit to your business or organization, you will need a commercial license - click here.  


Minimum age:
13 years due to difficulty. No foul language, drug use, sexual content or other highly inappropriate content.
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
Co-ed or All Female
# of players:
8-12 players
Expansion packs:
12 players, 12 players, 9 players
Expands to over 225 players with teams (including expansion packs)
Date of publication:
Summer 2013. Last revised on 07/15/24 and previous versions will not be seamless.
Game license:
Single, private use. See game license Terms and Conditions below.


  • 5
    Such a good time

    Posted by Ashley on Oct 30th 2023

    This is my fourth murder mystery and I haven't been disappointed yet. Every one is full of surprises and fun and the story lines are always so unique. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to have a party with those spooky Halloween vibes while also having a night full of laughter and memories.

  • 5
    Fun evening of Murder and Mayhem!

    Posted by Unknown on Sep 21st 2020

    We had a blast and everyone really got into their character. Can't wait to do another one soon!

  • 5
    Halloween Party 2019

    Posted by Stephanie Stuart on Oct 27th 2019

    Our first Mystery Murder Halloween Party and it was a blast! Everyone dressed as their assigned character and we all could not talking about how much fun we had! Can’t wait to have another!

  • 5
    Great Fun

    Posted by S Logue on Oct 26th 2019

    Did this with our ladies group for our Halloween party. It went great. Everyone really got into it. Time flew by. We have great pictures and stories.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 5th 2018

    This was our first Murder Mystery Party and our friends came through with costumes & getting into character! We had a blast! Word got around and everyone wants to come to our next one! Highly recommend!

  • 5
    First time murder party

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 27th 2017

    It was an awesome game. It was our first time hosting a murder mystery party and the box made it really easy. Highly recommend this one. Also, there isn't really anything in it ,asking it PG13.

  • 4
    Loved this party!

    Posted by Unknown on Nov 6th 2016

    The guests were engaged the whole time and screamed for more once the killer confessed. Can't wait to host another party!

  • 5
    Most fun I've ever had!

    Posted by Katie Everly on Jun 26th 2016

    I hosted this party last Halloween (hence, why I'm shopping in the Halloween section in June), and my friends are still talking about how much fun they had at this party. They are forcing me to host another one. Be aware - once you host one of these parties, your friends will make you keep doing it. But that's okay, they're so much fun and easy to host. The kit was well organized, the mystery was fun to investigate and only a handful got it right! I loved everything about this.