Murder at Skull Manor Costume Ball | Party Ready Pack

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A fun Halloween murder mystery party for 8-12 players, ages 13+ due to difficulty. There are various kit sizes to choose from - starting with 12 players (Kit A) on up to 270 players with expandable teams of non-suspect players (Kit J). 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. The download version is a different product and does not come with the party pack, as they are not seamless and materials should not be used together. 

Five out of ten for difficulty.

Helpful Links:

Click here to view sample game materials

Click here to view the game trailer

Here is the instant download version of the game (Does not come with the party pack, it's a downloadable version of this game.) No waiting, no shipping fees. 

      Kit A: (12-player kit)

Click here to view the character list for the main game players - #1-12
 Kit A invitation - 12 player kit 
 Free pre-game site for Kit A at 'Your Mystery Party' 
Kit B: (8-24 player kit)
 Host character list for players #13-24 (expansion pack #1) (8-24 player kit)
 Free 24-player invitation
Kit C: (8-36 player kit)
Host character list for players #25-36 (expansion pack #2)   
Free 36-player invitation.
Kit D: (8-45 player kit)
Click here to view the Host character list for players #37-45
Free 45-player invitation. 
Kits E-J: (8-45 player kit plus various numbers of expandable teams of non-suspect players)
Click here to view the Host character list for players #37-45
Free 45-player invitation.  


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 What are expandable teams and how do they differ from expansion pack players?

 Expansion packs contain unique character roles to add to the game, primarily seamlessly with the main game-required players. Some of our games, such as Skull Manor, will be able to cover large groups by using expandable teams. Specified players are designed to lead an optional team of non-suspect, duplicated team roles during the game. It's as if this team leader got the invitation and decided to bring along friends, family, or colleagues (this varies). Assume (in the story) that these tag-along guests don't know anyone at the party. What would they speak to the other partygoers about? Well, they have a mutual friend (their team leader), so these players have game cards that contain their team leader's story. For example, Darby Yontz brings along fifteen members of their Tough Run staff members. The Tough Run Staff cards have information about their boss's story that they will use to mingle and discuss with others (or they can play strictly as a team and stay with the leader). The expandable players have duplicated cards, as you will download a file on your account and make copies for each team member. They are second-tier, non-suspect players because they do not have unique character names or stories but play the game like everybody else. These players are not given names, but will have name tags of their group names. This is by design - we do not suggest you giving these roles a name, as that leads to confusion during the investigation.


Mystery Synopsis:

It is time again for the annual Skull Manor Costume Ball! Skull Manor is an old estate in the heart of Spider City known for its captivating architecture, mysterious ambiance and unspeakable history. The townspeople have been scurrying about the streets to get ready for the big night of great food, inspiring conversations and, of course, outrageous gossip. This has been a daunting year of dissension and discord among many of the residents of Spider City. Rumors of blackmail, thievery, and scandalous controversies have been circulating throughout the town’s grapevines. We all hope everybody can put aside their differences for a night of fun. If not, there may be misfortune on the horizon. This is where your story begins.

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Minimum age:
13 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
Co-ed or All Female
Minimum # of players:
8-12 players
Kit sizes:
10 different kit sizes, ranging up to a total of 270 players.
Expandable non-suspect team roles?:
Yes, kits E (20), F (40), G (70), H (100), I (200) & J (225) have expandable team players.
Date of publication:
Summer 2013. Last revised on 10/13/22
Game license:
Single, private use. See game license Terms and Conditions below.