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: 

Follow My Mystery Party's board Fairytale Party Ideas on Pinterest.

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)


  • 4
    Nice for Teens

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 30th 2017

    Used this game for a birthday party for my teen. All the kids loved it. Everyone got all dressed up, played their parts well, and had a great evening.

  • 5
    Fabulous fun!

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 26th 2017

    Everything about this party was fabulous. My friends got into it, it was a smashing success.

  • 5
    Great Staff and Wonderful Murders

    Posted by Michael O'Brien on Feb 23rd 2017

    I have had to call Nancy numerous times for assistance in choosing a mystery, when I needed an additional character, needed all ladies, got locked out of my account and so on. I have always received prompt and effective solutions in the most positive customer friendly manner. Great organization!

  • 4
    Once Upon a Murder... Fun!

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 30th 2017

    A Girl Scout troop of 14 year olds - had a blast with this! Our third mystery from this website - all have been great fun! The action and the suggested games are terrific - lots of laughter! One girl solved the mystery - the others were split between two other characters. Would like to see additional meal options to consider though. We put together our own menu easy enough.

  • 5
    Fun had by all

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 8th 2017

    A great party for the 8 13 -14 year old girls. They had fun with simple costumes and just the ability to hang out why they tried to solve the murder. Only 1 figured it out and the rest of the guesses were very funny.

  • 4
    Would like to see smaller parties

    Posted by Susanne on Oct 30th 2016

    We had a blast but I wish you would have smaller sized parties. We worked it though. I invited seven as required and only four showed up:( so I improvised and had my sister Skype in and play the Black Queen (She dressed in costume as well) and my dog in her crate was Belle and we used a stuffed animal for Scarlett., it actually worked out splendidly as my puppy was Belle stuck in a cage in a mysterious castle.. My aunt who also was a call in was Malificent and I was Pandella who was the servant girl and ironically I was the hostess. It was fun but would have been funnier if tailor made for a smaller group. You have extension packs for bigger groups but nothing to accommodate small groups.

  • 5
    So much fun!

    Posted by Penny Workman on Oct 30th 2016

    Loved the story, the mystery itself was challenging enough and kept people in the game, wanting to do more and more! We are definitely coming back for another game. I had no problems hosting my first time, the kit was easy to prepare, but I may check out their boxed versions next just to see.

  • 5
    Very well developed party package

    Posted by Diane Czarkowski on May 22nd 2016

    It was great to have a complete kit to host a murder mystery party for our daughter's 11th birthday. My only problem occurred when I tried printing the giant 60 page document. My printer kept freezing up. It would be better to have a zip folder with several smaller documents for the ease of printing. We loved the character development and everyone was into their roles. We also enjoyed being able to keep the murderer and victim's identities a secret - even to the host so it was a surprise for us as well!

  • 5
    Great Fun!

    Posted by Naomi Owen on Apr 4th 2016

    Worked well for my teenage youth group and for both the actors and shy members of the group. Fun story and made for an excellent evening. Would recommend.