• Have a red carpet runner leading up to the entrance.

  • A “R” Monogram on the door (or use one that comes with the mystery kit).
    - Purchase a wood or cardboard “R” from a local craft store and spray paint it gold.

  • Have a sign for Mystery Manor (print out the sign included with the mystery).

  • Outdoors, create a family graveyard (insructions on how to make your own authentic tombstones in the packet.)
    - Don’t forget to put the tomb of Robert or Rita Red.
    - Add another tombstone with your party’s date and no name or a “?” on it.

  • A little fingerprinting. As the guests arrive it's fun to do a little fingerprinting.
    -- You can then take of each guest, put it on the fingerprint card and have a suspect board for your party. At the end of the party, it is a great rememberance of the party!

  • Have a table to memorialize Rita or Robert Red. Include pictures of the late millionaire.

  • Glam up the inside with a can of gold spray paint. Paint wine bottles, candlesticks, old vases (and add flowers – fake or real), etc. If you are going for a more eerie effect, you can use black spray paint.

  • Cover the furniture with white sheets, as if the house is now abandoned and unused.

  • Hang spider webs in the corners of Mystery Manor.

  • Have a vase of dead flowers as a centerpiece to add to the erie atmosphere.
    -- You can sometimes get old or dead flowers from a florist for no charge.
    -- Spray paint synthetic flowers black.
    -- Purchase black flowers around Halloween time.

  • Create a “scene of the crime” with a taped outline, fake evidence and a bloodstain – all roped off with caution or crime scene tape. You can use the evidence markers included with the mystery!

  • Cover your tables with white tablecothes to add elegance.

  • Add signage for your rooms (included in the mystery purchase).
    - Name your rooms the names of the traditional Clue game including: Dining Room, Hall, Conservatory, Study, Kitchen, Billiard Room, Lounge,

If you choose to have a dinner and/or do your introductions over a table, you can make it fun and mystery-ish or elegant and elaborate -- you decide!
  • If looking for a more "creepy" atmosphere, spray paint your accents black!

  • Consider a color scheme that goes with the color(s) of the characters. Use plasticware that matches that/those colors.

  • Get a set of rainbow napkins and colored plates for each of the guests to have their own setting.

  • Use ficticious weapons as table decorations - rope, poison, dagger, etc.

  • Line the table with crime scene tape.

  • Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting. Include titles like "who dunnit dessert" and "killer cupcakes."

  • A vase with dead or black flowers as your centerpiece.


  • Use linen table cloths.

  • Tea lights.

  • Fancy table runner.

  • Candleabra.

  • Spray paint random things gold to add a flare for the elite. Use as table decorations.

  • Gold plates and plasticware.

  • Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting.

Be sure to utilize all of the extras that come with the mystery--

• Name cards for your guests
• Personalized menus
• Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses
• and MORE!

To create an erie lighting, consider using non-traditional lighting. Some examples are:

  • Tea lights
    -- To add a shimmering effect, place them on mirrored circles (found at your local craft shop) or simply cover cardboard with aluminum foil and place the tea lights on top of them.

  • White twinkly lights

  • White paper lanterns

  • Candles

  • Chandeliers

  • Candleabras

Create a Backdrop

Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.

A few suggestions:

  • Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

  • You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

  • Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.

  • An easy way to create a background is to use a "scene setter." These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

  • Use props to enhance the photos. Have things like top hats, boas, big sunglasses, etc. for your guests to pose with.

  • Suspect Board photo prop is included with mystery! (pictured above art top of page)

  • Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

  • For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.

    •  Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.
    • 'Suspect Board' prop is included with the mystery! (pictured below)

    • For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).

      o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

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