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Murder In the Dark

Updated on October 12, 2011

Murder in the Dark Party Game

When I was a teenager, we used to play a game called murder in the dark. We always played this game when there was lots of kids over. I belonged to a youth group so there were often a few kids over and since I had 4 siblings there was always lots people to play.

Murder in the Dark is an entertaining murder mystery game in which each person plays a role and gets to help solve the mystery.

In order to play, you need a that you can make very dark and is empty of furniture. Since people will be walking in the dark you don't want anyone to get hurt.

There are many ways to play the game. This is the way we played as kids 30 years ago....

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How to Play Murder In the Dark

The way you play the game is you pick one person to be the detective who will attempt to solve the murder. That person stays out of the room until the murder occurs.

The next step is to count how many people will be in the room playing the game. If there are 5 people then you need to get 5 blank pieces of paper. One of the pieces of paper gets an X. Fold up the papers and put in a cup. Now each person picks a piece of paper. Who ever gets the X is the murderer. He or she should keep this a secret. Now everyone goes in the dark room and walks around.

The murderer (person with X) then taps someone on the shoulder. This is the victim. The Victim screams and sits on the ground. At this time the detective is allowed in the room and turns on the lights.

The detective gets to ask each person 1 question. Each person must tell the truth, except for the murderer. They get to lie if they want to. The detective asks questions, like "Where were you when you heard the scream?" etc.

Once the detective gets all the information they get to solve the mystery. If they are right, then the murderer gets to be the detective for the next game. If they get it wrong they get another turn at being the detective.

How to Host a Murder Game


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Playing Murder Mystery games was really fun as a child. And Now they have Murder Mystery Games that many people enjoy. There is Murder Mystery Party as well as How to Host a Murder Game. Many people plan ahead and have murder mystery nights or murder mystery evenings. It's all really fun to get together with friends and have a party.

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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your great suggestion.

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      7 years ago from Florida

      This sounds like it would be a lot of fun. I think I would enjoy going to one of those adult murder mystery parties. Thanks for the idea!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a great game. It sounds like wonderful fun.

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      Sounds like a fun game! Maybe I'll get my kids to give it a try!!

    • Wendy Krick profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Krick 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks Radioguy and Granny'sHouse. :)

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I liked it too. Voted up and will share. Thank you for sharing murder in the dark

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      7 years ago from Maine

      This is excellent! You've proven murder can be fun at any age! LOL!


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