Pajama Party Pandemonium

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An exciting whodunit for 8-16 females, ages 9 and up in a slumber party setting. This is a non-murder game where the guests will try to figure out which one of them is the mysterious Waterford Riddler - one of the girls who is sabotaging the sleepover. This is the instant download version of the game - no waiting, no shipping fees. Easy to prepare and easy to host. For the boxed version, see the link below under 'helpful links.' 

INCLUDED: 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).  

3 star mystery party rating for difficulty.This game was updated on 9/28/21.

Helpful Links:

Host character list

Free, printable invitation

Sample game materials

Murder Mystery Prop Emporium

8 character expansion pack (Purchased separately)

Boxed version - My Mystery Party staff prepare your game kit!

Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game site at Your Mystery Party 

Mystery Synopsis: 

Zuri Zeller’s annual pajama party is around the corner. The girls on the guest list are now shopping for the perfect pajamas, and the party is set to be a huge success. However, everyone who is coming to the party has received a strange note on their doorstep! Someone is calling themselves the Waterford Riddler and has challenged the group to figure out their identity. Zuri is afraid the prankster may be an invited guest! If so, what kind of mayhem will the girls be in for at the sleepover?

Zuri certainly doesn’t want this joker to take over her party! You’ve been invited to the sleepover. This is where your story begins.

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

Minimum age:
9 years
Difficulty rating:
Straightforward, 3/10
Gender of character roles:
# of players in main game:
8-16 players
Expansion pack:
8 player - all female
Expandable team players:
Date of publication:
Last revised on 9/28/21


  • 5
    Pj party

    Posted by Courtney on Jun 23rd 2024

    Brilliant fun for a group of 7-9 year old girls

  • 5
    Pajama Party Pandemonium

    Posted by Teena on Apr 25th 2024

    I’m doing this party for my great niece’s 16th birthday. She loved the aspect of not having a murder during the party but rather an investigation of a saboteur. I love the characters and the pre-game tasks. Her mom and I discussed whether this scenario might be better suited for younger girls but we decided that since this is the girl’s first Mystery Party it’s perfect!

  • 4
    An afternoon of fun for a whole bunch of 11 year olds. Wish it was a little more challenging.

    Posted by A.G. on Nov 7th 2023

    Used this + the expansion pack for my child's 11th birthday party. We had 22 kids in total so almost all characters were used. I did not pre-assign any characters as I didn't know how many kids would cancel at the last minute (and it seemed like added work to reassign characters). Everyone was assigned characters as they walked into the party and they were quick to get into their respective roles. Was pleasantly surprised to see the number of kids who stayed in character till the end. Something I wish I could change was the fact that I skipped out on the optional games/activities thinking it would take too much time. In our case, the girls found the notes super easy to decode and and pretty much everyone guessed the 'saboteur' even before we were mid way through round 2 (or the forensic notes bit). I loved how they were so into it that they took down notes and investigated seriously. However this meant that we ended up going through the whole mystery way faster than I had planned for. They all said they had fun but wouldn't have minded a harder to solve mystery. In terms of the all the materials provided, the instructions were easy to follow and concise. I would definitely consider purchasing another package from here.

  • 5
    Slumber party mystery

    Posted by Alesha on Jan 20th 2023

    I was worried that this party would be too simple for a group of 14-15 year old girls, but they ended up having a fantastic time. The mysteries were just hard enough to keep them interested without being boring.

  • 4
    Great mystery for 11 year olds!

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 3rd 2021

    I used this for our Girl Scout troop and it was well-received. They were able to solve the clues and final mystery and really enjoyed it. However, I wish it was set up for virtual parties. If each character's clues were in separate documents, I could have emailed a packet to each participant. As the mystery package was designed for in-person, at each new level, I emailed each person their new clues or put it in a private Zoom chat.

  • 4
    Straightforward, simple and fun

    Posted by Erica on Oct 7th 2020

    We loved the Mystery Party for my daughter’s 13th bday celebration because 1) I’m a last minute planner and it only took me about 1.5 hours to cut everything out/have everything planned and ready to go 2) kids can dress up easily (no extra purchase) 3) it was just the right amount of challenge for this age group

  • 5
    Excellent game for a Tween party. Can easily converted for virtual party.

    Posted by U.Y on Apr 26th 2020

    We played this as a virtual party game, and it was a great success!!! We printed and delivered the clue cards along with the pre-party activities that was part of the game pack, and I hosted the session with 14 girls who dialed in via zoom. Lots of laughter and fun while we were all safe in isolation.

  • 4
    The Girls has fun

    Posted by Melissa on Apr 11th 2019

    The kit contains all you need to throw a pretty thought provoking mystery party. If you can - try to begin with the pre party work; that was my one regret. Next time!!

  • 4
    Great Activity for a Birthday party!

    Posted by Jessica on Apr 10th 2019

    The girls (11 of them) had a great time! My only thought was that it could have been a more difficult mystery, but that was probably my fault because my girls were all 13.