Thanksgiving Murder Mystery Game

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A fun (in-person) Thanksgiving murder mystery game for 8-12 players, ages 14 and up (for difficulty). Host this family and friend game for up to 28 unique character roles with both expansion packs (purchased separately)! This is the instant download version of the game, there's nothing to ship, so no shipping fees. No waiting! For the party ready pack (boxed set), click on the link below in the helpful links section. 

There are multiple PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file, solution key, backup scripts, and optional files.  You must use Adobe Reader (free software that you can download at to view the PDF, 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).  

5-star.jpg This game was updated on 8/16/2019

Helpful Links:

Host character list

Free, printable invitation

Sample game materials

Murder Mystery Prop Emporium

8 character Expansion pack #1 - Purchase separately

8 character Expansion pack #2 - Purchase after Expansion pack #1

Boxed version - My Mystery Party will prepare your party ready kit

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


Mystery Synopsis: 

In a sprawling manor in the town of Mayflower Falls, the Dread family is hosting their yearly Thanksgiving dinner for their neighbors. The Dreads plan to serve delectable food catered from none other than Dread Steakhouse. To pass the time until the feast is ready, the guests will catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip and play hilarious party games.

Alas, the last year has been filled with treachery, scandal, and deceit. Many of the neighbors may not get along. The Dreads hope everyone can exist in harmony – at least until dessert hits the table. You have received your invitation to the dinner. This is where your story begins.

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

Follow My Mystery Party's board The Thanksgiving Thievery - Mystery Party (non-murder) on Pinterest.

Minimum age:
14 years to adult
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
Number of players:
Not at this time.
Expansion packs?:
Two expansion packs, 8 players each.
Date of publication:
August 2019
Unique content:
Bonus clues for scavenger hunt, prizes, or however you wish to disseminate them.
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license's Terms and Conditions, see below.


  • 5

    Posted by Darah Fowler on Nov 24th 2023

    Crazy happy with the entire murder mystery! The whole family dressed their part and embraced their characters. Loved that everything was included from instructions to bonus games and menu ideas.

  • 5
    Unforgettable birthday celebration

    Posted by Bjorn on Dec 3rd 2022

    We turned a birthday celebration into a murder mystery and had a lot of fun. Only two out of eight participants had prior experience, but it worked very smoothly.

  • 5
    Light fun

    Posted by Rachel on Dec 1st 2021

    Really perfect game for all ages that made our thanksgiving day a lot more fun. Everyone got involved, the optional clue round was extra great when the little kids found the clues all over the house. Highly recommend!

  • 5
    Great Game to Play!

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 4th 2020

    This was a big hit with my family on Thanksgiving! They understood their character and played it hilariously, and some members kept talking about it after we played!

  • 5
    Thanksgiving to Remember

    Posted by Rich on Dec 4th 2019

    Hosting thanksgiving again, this year 16 people. Three families need a plan - this is it! This was our first mystery and I can only say that everyone had a great time.