Once Upon a Murder mystery party game

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A fun fairytale themed murder mystery party (face-to-face traditional mingling format) for 7-12 guests, ages 14 to adult due to difficulty. Expansion packs include up to 40 unique players. 

This is the instant download version of the game. You will have everything needed to play with the game file, nothing needs to be shipped, so you avoid waiting and shipping fees. For the party ready pack, click on the link below in the helpful links section.

This game may be played as all-female (with required players) or coed with the optional players included. See character list(s) for details.

You will receive a host instruction file, printables file, and a solution file with your purchase. The free invitation is below under 'helpful links.' 

Last revised 8/23/21

Five out of ten difficulty.

Helpful Links:
Click here to view the character list!
Click here for the free, printable invitation!
Click here to view the 7 character expansion pack #1  *Note: it is highly suggested to add the expansion packs in order.
Click here to view the 7 character expansion pack #2
Click here to view the 7 character expansion pack #3
Click here to view the 7 character expansion pack #4
Click here to view sample game materials.
Click here for the boxed version - have My Mystery Party staff prepare your game kit!
Direct your guests to the corresponding pre-game site at 'Your Mystery Party'

Mystery Synopsis

Once upon a time, there was a faraway land called the Enchanted Realm. The people of the land got along harmoniously for many centuries...that is, until Queen Black gained control of the Silver Tree Forest. It was not long before happy endings turned into nightmares, as the ruling Kingdom of Gullyshire suffered repeated attacks, and the villains began to gain control. The mystic mountains filled with nefarious monsters and were no longer safe, and wicked witches took over the charmed forest. Queen Black has shocked the realm and has invited all of the territories to the Dark Castle of the Silver Tree Forest to sign a peace treaty. She may have evil intentions, but nonetheless, you have been invited by Queen Black, and this is where your story begins.

In addition to the instantly downloadable fun fairytale murder mystery party, there are additional bonus games!

Fun DIY party food and decor: 

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Minimum age:
14 years
# of players:
7-12 players
Expansion packs:
7 players, 7 players, 7 players, and 7 players
Expandable players:
Gender of players:
Co-ed including optional or All Female (most players)


  • 5
    Tons of fun!

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 1st 2020

    I recently purchased this Once Upon a Fairy Tale murder mystery for my 14-year-old daughter's birthday party. It was a blast! Her and her friends had tons of fun. I did not follow the menu that came with but rather developed our own menu and found mocktail's (such as evil princess mocktail) for the girls to drink. Will definitely recommend this site and your parties.

  • 5
    Fun & easy to follow

    Posted by Cheryl on Sep 21st 2019

    Super fun, and easy to follow!! Very detailed

  • 4
    Great party!

    Posted by Unknown on Sep 13th 2019

    We used this murder mystery party as a kick off to one of our youth group. The participants had a blast!

  • 5
    The kids are already asking for another one!

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 23rd 2019

    This was for my daughter's 15th birthday party for a group of required characters +1. The kids had such a great time with the game and are already asking when the next game will be. A few pointers I learned that I would pass along: 1) Get the pre-printed kit. Yes, it is more expensive, yet I spent so much time. 2) If it is your first time hosting, relax, it is much easier than the pages and pages of materials imply. 3) Do not do the minigames initially as everyone said they wished they had more time to just play the game and understand it. Maybe for a second party, but the first one the main game was enough. 4) You don't need to go over the top to have a blast. We did, and also had a blast, yet when we do it again, simple will be just fine. 5) If the kids are really into it and want to do more, consider hosting, but having the kids pay a fee to offset the cost of the pre-printed game and food. This way, they can have more parties without the host going broke! 6) This was an awesome way to help kids focus and have fun during a party, especially when they are from all walks of life, including school, drama club, sports, etc. Each kid is playing a character and they are forced to engage with others in specific ways, so the awkwardness of mingling is quickly dissipated, and the craziness of teenagers is redirected into something fun!

  • 5
    Looks like so much fun

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 7th 2019

    I've just put it together and I already know it will be so much fun. This is our second one. We did the Oster Party 2 years ago and they had a blast. I love these parties for my granddaughter and I appreciate your great customer service.

  • 5
    What a great party!

    Posted by Kacey on Nov 4th 2018

    My 6th grader just did the Once Upon a Murder party last night for her birthday. The kids ranged from 10-12 and had an absolute blast! They all got into their characters and loved every second. It made for a memorable birthday for sure! The photos are so great!!!! Plus, everything was spelled out and done for me. I just had to print and cut which made it easy to Focus on all the touches to make it special.

  • 5
    A great fit for a group of 7th grade girls

    Posted by Unknown on May 22nd 2018

    We used this mystery package for birthday party for my 13 year old daughter. They really enjoyed themselves! We avoided using the costume tips or photos, because we didn't want anyone to feel like they had to buy anything. I am glad we did, because the girls were very creative about putting together their own versions of their characters. The instructions were clear and helpful. Compared with other activity based party options, this is a great value! I hope there are more kid friendly mysteries on this site, because the girls are already talking about how much they want to do this again next year. May we suggest a Harry Potterish or Star Wars-like theme?

  • 5
    8 Tweens Had a Blast!

    Posted by Leigh O on Apr 22nd 2018

    8 eleven- and twelve-year old girls had an awesome time with these characters! We laughed all night and added unicorn punch and unicorn cake to the mix. The storyline, etc. was a little much for the younger kids, so agree with the publisher that this is probably for 13-14 year olds. They needed a little help with reading and big words. BUT, would love to see there be more 'junior' level mysteries for younger audiences - Fairytale would be perfect to 'juniorize'!

  • 5
    For an Audience

    Posted by Annette Vola Hansen on Jan 28th 2018

    We used this game with the Expansion pack for more boy character parts. My group of 14 8th graders performed this game to an audience at a school spaghetti dinner. This was the first time trying a Murder Mystery for all of them. We found it easy to follow and lots of fun! Diners made a donation for our dinner/theater as a fundraiser to raise money to send the kids on a future D.C. trip. Might become an annual! Please write more teen-family friendly mysteries!