5 ways to make the most of your crime scene at your murder mystery party!

You’ve picked your murder mystery, you’ve invited your guests… but what about the dead body? Aren’t they invited too?

Five top tips to creating your crime scene.

1) Find out all you can about the murder before the party. Some games (like ours) have information on the crime scene in the inspector speeches you can access. (ours are usually in speeches 1 and 2 and reading them won’t give the game away!). You can use this information to set up the crime scene in the right place in your house. E.g. If it’s in the bathroom then set the crime scene up in the bathroom. If it’s in the kitchen, set the crime scene up in the kitchen.

2) Find the murder weapon used, if known, and have it present at the scene. it might be a sword, a skewer, a knife, a dagger, a hammer… whatever. it’ll add to the atmosphere.

3) Get some fake blood – but beware of stains! Fake blood is great, but it often stains fabric, so do be careful. If in doubt or if you are worried about your carpet, then why not put the blood onto some clear plastic e.g. cellophane. We stock theatrical blood, but if you want to keep the costs down, you can make fake blood easily by adding food die to tomato sauce. Add some red and then a dab of blue to get a nice bloody look. We’ve always got a bottle of ketchup in our cupboard labelled “Blood”. (It comes in handy if you run out of BBQ sauce, but nobody ever wants to eat it!)

4) Make a body outline. Use either chalk or masking tape to mark out a dead body outline on the floor. If it’s a pale surface then use black electrical tape to mark out the body.  If it’s to be on carpet – why not use some carpet freshening powder – that will not stain your carpet, is easy to vacuum up, AND will leave you with a nice scent in the room the day after.

5) Tape, signs, tape and more tape! Go wild with the cordoning off the area and creating evidence markers. Crime scene tape is available from many joke shops and we also stock it too.  Take a look at our Crime Scene Accessories – Prices start at just 99p for some authentic accessories, so there’s no excuse not to have the real thing!

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Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  

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