Tips For Mystery Party Guests

Party Hosting Tip – What do you call a riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity?

Bacchanalia! - a Roman festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry - A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel. Bacchanalia can have a few different meanings, depending on the context and era in which it is/was used. In Roman Times, a bacchanalia wasa festival, whereas in the early 50's, it was considered [...]


What do I wear to a Costume Casual Murder Mystery Party?

If you have been invited to a mystery party and you didn't receive any “Costume” suggestions in your Suspect Guide, chances are you have been invited to a  “Costume Casual” murder mystery party. What this means is that we, as mystery package creators, do not specify what you should wear. Those who have experience with [...]


Flapper Costume Ideas

To understand the true spirit of the Roaring 20's, flapper style, you need to first understand a bit about what was happening that influenced the behaviour, and in a sense, rebellion of every day people. World War I had come to an end, and with it, the economy and people in general were beginning once [...]


1920s Slang Terms and Definitions

The Roaring 20's gave birth to a number of new phrases - some of which are distinct to that era, and some of which are still used today. Here's a large list of 1920's slang. Pick a few words and phrases to use at your 1920's-themed murder mystery party! And don't forget to check out [...]


More Halloween Costume Ideas – The “Sexy” Phenomenon

"Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." - Mean Girls Call me old-fashioned, but I've always loved the spooky side of Halloween. More than once my husband has said to me, "No, Leigh, we're not stopping at another [...]


Halloween Costume Suggestions from Shot In The Dark Mysteries!

Today marks 2-weeks until the big day! Halloween is just around the corner. For true enthusiasts, costumes and haunts have been in production since November 1st of last year. For those who are less "devoted", the costume dilemma is number three on the "ah crap, why did I wait so long?" list, trailing only behind [...]


Don’t worry, you won’t break the game!

I facilitated a game here in Toronto this weekend - a custom game written from scratch for an old friend of my husband. Before the game started, as I was briefing the suspects, I assured them that there was no way they could "break" the game, so long as they avoided the 2 unforgiveable sins [...]


Creative Halloween Costumes in 3 Easy Steps

How do some people come up with great Halloween costume ideas, while others end up punching holes in a bed sheet? Follow these three easy steps to make sure your bed linen remains in tact this year. 1. Pick your theme First, narrow it down by picking a theme. Some examples of themes are Science [...]