We’ve all been there. You feel like you’ve done everything, and you are on the hunt for a unique and fun date night or girl’s night out, or anniversary celebration or couples night. But what to do? What is new and interesting? Let me solve your problem right now. Three words. Murder. Mystery. Dinner. Available all over the country this is a night to remember. I was recently invited to visit Murder Mystery Dinner – Dallas, and wow what fun! Here is everything you need to know to book and enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner with your crew!
What happens when you arrive?
You will be checked in by cast members already in character, and giving you clues about who they are and what they do! There will be a chance to get a photo of your group if you like, and to get a drink from the bar. You will be seated at a table with other people in most cases, and they will become your “team” as you try to solve the murder.
At some point, someone at your table will be assigned a role in the murder mystery! But everyone at the table will be privy to what they know as well. Your table will receive a binder that outlines certain facts about your tables resident character. Don’t look ahead! The crime will unfold in its own time, so don’t spoil it by turning past the page that the hosts ask you to stay on!
When Do you Eat?
Pretty quickly! This is a three course meal, and salads were already on the table when we arrived. There was a full bar for adult drinks, and Ice Tea and Soft Drinks were complimentary. In the mystery we saw, the “murder” took place fairly soon after the salads were cleared. After some of the show, tables were released to get their dinner buffet style. We picked up our choice of dessert at this point too.
TIP: You can choose your main entree ahead of time. Vegetarian options are available also!
How do you Solve the Crime?
Good question! Listen to all the clues you are given as murder mystery characters speak. Your table will be given a place to write down all of the clues, characters, and your tables theories on who done it, and why! Each table is given a stack of murder mystery cash, and you are free to roam the room questioning suspects!
TIP: Are suspects being tight lipped? Give them some cash in exchange for information! And don’t hold back. Our table tried to save money in case we needed it later! HA! There is no prize for having the most cash at the end! So spend freely. Go crazy!
Do you have to Dress up in the theme?
No. But you should, because it will make the whole thing that much more fun! Seriously, it’s a blast seeing everyone’s interpretation of the theme. And you can just dress with a nod toward the theme, or go all out! Either way the night is more enjoyable when everyone plays along. So just do it! Our Murder Mystery Dinner was Western themed. So I wore cowboy boots with a dress, but other people dressed as school marms, and sheriffs! It was a hoot! And if you get chosen to portray a character in the story – you will be given some additional character costume props to make your portrayal all the more convincing!
Tip: There is a prize at the end of the night for best dressed, and best actor – so go for it! You might win!
How long does the Evening last?
Two and a half hours. And that feels perfect, and moves quickly. You will be swept up in the story as soon as you arrive and that feeling lasts until you walk out the door!
Tip: If you buy the VIP package you will receive a complimentary Mugshot Memento + VIP Seating at the show. A $30 value for just $19 per ticket. In my opinion, the VIP seating is the best part. We were super close to the actors and got enveloped by the story just by being seated directly next to the stage!
Seriously though. Is it Fun?
Yes! Totally and completely. But there is one caveat. You have to be willing to let yourself have fun. I understand that it may feel a little bit foreign to dress up and go sit at a table with people you don’t know, to solve a murder! But that is also why this is such a unique activity! And the people at your table will feel like your life long friends after a drink and a laugh over how the murder occurred! Even the shyest people at our table were completely at ease by the end of the night.
Who goes to stuff like this?
At our table alone there was a 30 year Anniversary, a middle aged double date, a first date, and of two college sweethearts. And I was there with two girlfriends, for a girls night out. This night worked for all of us!
TIP: At the end of the night each table will agree on who they think committed the murder. If more than one table has solved the crime, the winning table will be determined by which table solved the crime as well as could answer why, and how best! To be the winning table – be descriptive in your answer!
Another TIP: If you were the college sweethearts at our table, I just want to say you are probably not compatible. But you’re both good crime fighters, so maybe join the FBI? Sorry. Just an observation from three moms in their 30’s and 40’s! We all agreed you’re nice kids, but meant for other people! Haha!
How do you Book this Awesome Experience?
These dinners aren’t held all the time, and they sell out. So you will want to plan ahead if you can.
TIP: You can use the website above to book a private Murder Mystery Party too! So check them out and see if they might be able to make your next PTA meeting or Holiday party just a little bit more fun!
Is the cast great?
Yes! Quick shout out to the fun and hilarious cast of the show I saw, in Dallas. They were awesome and made every guest feel included and involved in the fun!