Around this time of year, my free time gets hijacked by zombies.
Every year, zombies force me to throw a Halloween party for my kids and their friends. This will be my 6th year hosting the festivities – and I need to do something totally different because this will be the 6th party for many of the guests. I don’t want them bored by the same old, same old. Nor do I want to anger the zombies–they are very touchy.
This sort of party takes a fair amount of planning and preparation, and as I had mentioned in last week’s post, I don’t have a lot of free time this year. That means, I don’t have a lot of time to plan and prep the party.
I’m leaning toward a Murder Mystery party. My general thoughts are to send an invitation to all the kids inviting them to a “dinner party,” but when they arrive, alas, the host is missing, feared dead, and the group must find the body plus figure out who the murderer is.
Along the lines of the popular board game, Clue, I want to have clues for the kids to help them find the body, nab the murderer, and figure out what weapon was used.
But I’m stuck on how to pull it off. Obviously, the murder victim is pretend, but should I assign the role of “murderer” to someone or have a pretend murderer as well? Or, maybe the host isn’t dead, merely missing, and I could have a live person hiding in the bushes somewhere?
There will be about 16 kids, ages 7-11. Other adults will be there to help out. They usually dress up, and I’m sure I could get them to “act” a particular role. I will have snacks and beverages and desserts, and I usually make them Halloween-themed. Here again though, I think I need to come up with new recipes.
I would love to hear any ideas you have. If you know of a fun game, neat food, scary decorations/crafts, or, most importantly, suggestions on how to pull off that murder mystery, please share!
Please forgive this post that has nothing at all to do with the craft of writing. The zombies grudgingly agreed that if I post about the party they will let me come back next time with a writing-focused post.