Monday, November 17, 2008

Games of Mystery: Holiday Mystery Parties for Kids and Adults

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, your source for mystery-themed games, parties, and vacations, has some suggestions for your next holiday party. With Christmas less than 6 weeks away, it isn't too early to think about hosting a mystery at your home this season. We have three party ideas here, but visit our site for many more.

The Christmas Crimes: A Mystery Party for Kids

Developed for a children's mystery party is . Bebe Bumbletree is hosting a Christmas party for all her friends and is determined for everything to be perfect. The eggnog has snowman-shaped ice cubes floating in it, she’s borrowed Christmas music from her parents’ CD collection, and she has even hung mistletoe in hopes of catching her secret crush, Barry Broadbarn, underneath. She rented a Christmas movie for them all to watch and has bought and wrapped a gift for each of her guests, which she carefully placed under the tree. Everything is perfectly planned – that is, until strange things start happening, things Bebe is not expecting, and certainly won’t stand for. Before the night is through, the Christmas Crimes will be solved!

This Christmas-themed kid's mystery party has three mini-mysteries: the mystery of the headless snowman, the case of the toppled tree and the mystery of the missing presents. An optional adult player and even the family pet can join in the fun! For 8 to 9 guests, ages 7 to 12. Rated E.

The Case of the Stolen Menorah: A Mystery Party for Kids

Also for kids (actually, the whole family) is . A letter arrives from a long lost great uncle who happens to be an archaeologist. In his letter, he discloses that he has discovered a scroll that mentions the menorah from the second temple. According to the scroll, after the first miracle of oil, the menorah would always stay lit; it actually was an eternal flame. He believes that your menorah could be the original menorah. His grandmother insisted that one of your ancestors rescued it before the temple was looted. He never believed her, but now he urges you to light the menorah and see how long the candles burn. If the candles don’t burn out, then you’ve got a precious artifact on your hands! Curiosity gets the best of the family, and everyone decides to check out the claim. When they go to get the family menorah, it’s gone!

The clues and games culminate in a scavenger hunt. This mystery party is perfect for the whole family, 6 or more players, ages 6 and older. Rated E.

I'm Dreaming of a Red Christmas: A Mystery Party for Adults

And for adults, there's I'm Dreaming of a Red Christmas. Residents of the North Pole are accustomed to keeping secrets. They swear never to disclose the location of Santa’s Workshop, and they keep Santa’s identity anonymous. A Santa Claus serves for a term. When he retires, he appoints his successor. Most retired Santas then leave the North Pole and travel the world with their spouses. The current Santa showed no signs of retiring. In recent years, he bewildered the sweet Pole folk with what can only be described as “poor choices;" he even bordered on being bad-listed! Somebody decided that enough was enough and laced his eggnog with poison at the Annual Christmas Eve party. His death comes as a guilty relief to most, but now there’s no Santa to deliver the gifts at midnight. The Pole Folk must discover the killer, in order to convince someone else to step up to be Santa and save Christmas! For once, the North Pole has a secret that is too big to keep.

This scripted Christmas mystery is set on Christmas Eve at the North Pole and is designed for a large group of guests, 18 and older. Rated M.

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