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Zombie Cannibal Asylum - Mystery Party Kit


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Zombie Cannibal Asylum

Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set during the zombie apocalypse.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: A post-apocalyptic asylum
Players: 10-32 (Standard Game)
33-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 90+ minutes
Ages: Adult / Teen
Zombies everywhere! But this is no ordinary killing...


You and your guests are the unfortunate inmates and staff at Penderghast Asylum, a facility for the criminally insane that has been turned over to the tender care of Dr. Abraham Weiler, who is using the inmates as research subjects in his quest to find a cure for the zombie virus that is ravaging the world.


It appears that someone—or something—doesn’t approve of what’s going on at Penderghast. What should have been a night of routine research turns deadly, resulting in one of the unfortunate staff members to join the ranks of the living dead.

Solving the Mystery

The murder was witnessed by a room full of zombies; piecing together the puzzle would be simple were it not for the fact that each of these witnesses is irredeemably insane. Now the remaining staff will need to separate what really happened from the delusions and hallucinations of the undead inmates!


There are 32 primary suspects in this mystery, however only 10 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of the narrator and run the game. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 32 guests.

Human Male Roles

  • Dr. Abraham Weiler: A renowned biologist and psychologist, Dr. Weiler is actually something of a mad scientist.
  • Dr. Gerald Featherton: Dr. Featherton is Dr. Weiler’s research assistant.
  • Dr. Mordecai Fern: Dr. Fern is one of the founding staff members of the asylum, originally hired by Dr. Penderghast years ago.
  • Jeremiah Marsh: Jeremiah is one of the orderlies, responsible for maintaining security and keeping the patients and staff safe from themselves and each other.
  • William Worth: William Worth (“Old Willy” to most of the staff) is the groundskeeper and janitor of the asylum.
  • Morgan Byers: Morgan is another orderly, generally tasked with escorting inmates to and from Dr. Weiler’s lab.
  • Alex Johnson: Alex is the third orderly. He is a large, quiet man whose soft voice and easy smile belie his scarred and fierce exterior.

Human Female Roles

  • Dr. Erica Orville: Dr. Orville is Dr. Weiler’s second research assistant.
  • Delilah Morrison: Head Nurse Morrison is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day maintenance of the ward.
  • Eliza Satchet: Nurse Satchet is one of several original staff members who continue to work under Dr. Weiler.
  • Mia Chekov: Mia is the Penderghast cook, a position that has become particularly unenviable given the rather bizarre new dietary requirements of the inmates.
  • Deanna Mason: Deanna assists Old Willy in the upkeep of the Asylum.
  • Carolyn Sinclair: Carolyn is an intern from a prestigious medical school on the inland.

Zombie Male Roles

  • Alfred Fitzgerald: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Delusions of Persecution.
  • Curtis Buchanan: Diagnosed with Kleptomania and Antisocial Personality Disorder.
  • Dylan Manning: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Cotard Delusion.
  • Gregory Bates: Diagnosed with Suicidal Depression.
  • Jeremy Bowman: Diagnosed with Agoraphobia.
  • Martin Robertson: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Delusions of Guilt.
  • Nicholas Fuller: Diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder and Pyromania.
  • Quentin Montgomery: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Grandiose Delusions.
  • Brady McCormick: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Grandiose Delusions.
  • Lucas Bishop: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Delusions of Control.

Zombie Female Roles

  • Kendra Chapman: Diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder coupled with Bibliomania.
  • Alison Townsend: Diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.
  • Cassandra Adkins: Diagnosed with total Amnesia.
  • Heather Pittman: Diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
  • Isabel Gomez: Diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder.
  • Lillian Ericson: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Parasitic Delusions.
  • Sabrina Ingram: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Paranoia.
  • Vanessa Copeland: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Grandiose Religious Delusions.
  • Wendy Barnes: Diagnosed with Schizophrenia with Delusions of Persecution.

Extra Players

  • Investigator (male or female): Additional players have the option of playing the role of "Investigators". In this role the players are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
How to Play

Follow these steps to host this mystery:

  1. Each guest will each assume the role of a particular character
    Mystery Parties involve a combination of improvisational acting, storytelling, and creative problem solving. Each guest will play the part of that character throughout the course of the game. Each character has specific personality traits, goals, secrets, and information, all of which are included in the character sheet; a big part of the fun is getting into character and taking on a new, exciting role.

  2. A mysterious Event will occur
    At some point during the party, an Event will occur that will force the players to come together in order to solve a problem or unravel a mystery. Traditionally, the Event in question will be the murder of one of the characters (as played by a guest), but the parties crafted by Playing With Murder often use this basic framework to accommodate different types of Events, thereby ensuring that your guests will be surprised and entertained (even if they are veteran murder mystery party players).

  3. Solve the mystery!
    Your guests will need to use the information that their characters know (as well as additional clues that are provided during the game) to solve the mystery or overcome the problem posed by the Event. Typically this culminates in the guests voting on the identity of the murderer, but again, different parties will have different specific goals. All of our parties also come complete with additional subgames (treasure hunts, unique character goals and special puzzles) that are guaranteed to keep the action intense and your guests motivated and focused.

Expanded Game For Large Groups

If you have extra players, there are two ways that you can accommodate everyone:

  • Investigator Role - Additional players have the option of playing the role of "Investigators". In this role the players are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players. Expanded Games include a PDF guide that explains how to use the Investigator role, as well as printable character sheets and name tags for anyone that is playing an Investigator.
  • Multiple Groups - It is also possible to break your guests up into groups and play multiple instances of the game at the same time. The game will more or less happen the same way; the host makes announcements and each group moves their game forward simultaneously based on the host's instructions. It's good to have one assistant in each group to answer questions and facilitate gameplay within the group. This method provides a more intimate experience for your guests, who get better acquainted with a smaller group and participate in a more digestible story.

    Please contact us if you'd like more information about how to run your party using the Multiple Groups method.

Both the standard and expanded games are included with the purchase of any game kit.

Read more about Expanded Games here

First time hosting a murder mystery party?

Visit our How to Host a Mystery Party page to get step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for your murder mystery party.

What's Included

This Mystery Party Kit is a 128-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:

  • An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a mystery-party and provides specific tips on props, menu items, sound effects, combat and special tips to help make your party exciting, memorable and easy to run
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for your party
  • A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
  • Instructions on how to run the party for a large group
  • Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include tips on costuming and role-playing, as well special goals and information unique to each character
  • Fully customizable invitations, complete with RSVP cards and guest lists
  • Gorgeously illustrated full-color item cards for use during the scavenger hunt
  • Voting sheets
  • Customizable awards for your guests
  • And much more!

With your purchase of this Mystery Party Kit you will also receive the following:

  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • Two mp3 audio effects for use with your party
  • Instructions on how to use these audio clips to best effect
Playing With Murder provides everything you need to play a murder mystery party, but you may want to take your party a step further! We recommend you check out the following sites that provide helpful extras for this game:
  • Party City - Great selection of zombie party supplies

Playing With Murder offers several audio files for use with each of our Mystery Party Kits. The audio clip below provides a sample montage of the sound effects included with this mystery.

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Alternative content

The specific audio files for this Mystery Party Kit include:

  • The background sounds of the asylum and research lab
  • The noises of the murder occurring in the darkened lab
Mystery Party Reviews
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30 10 201804:58 AM
  • more than 1 year(s)
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Zombie Delight!
We turned our house into a mad scientist lab for the Zombie Cannibal Asylum! We curtained off our living room from the rest of the house and this is where all the main events took place. Everyone really got into character and it was great! Instead of just doing a scavenger hunt for the clues, we created an escape room to find the clues. We had 14 people and separated the group into two. Each group had a turn to do the escape room and find the clues. It was fun because it was kinda a competition between the groups.

I accidentally, missed a middle portion of the nights story line. I wish I had prepared index cards in advance of what to do and when, because when the event started I didn’t have anything highlighted in the packet and missed a pretty big part. It ended up working out none the less and we all had a blast! Everyone kept saying how much fun they had! I hope to do another one! I think I learned a lot the first time around of how to run it more smoothly.
  • We had Zombie Pie (shepherds pie), zombie hand (cheese in the shape of a hand wrapped in prosciutto), zombie decorated cupcakes.
  • Mad Scientist Lab: Blacklights, strobe lights, bubble machine, test tubes, skulls, chains, rats, animal skeletons, body parts, xrays, cob webs, specimen jars, kill switch, dry ice, animatronic zombies, tombstones, bloody tarps with creepy sayings, old medical drawings, bell jars, lava lamps, bloody footprints, turned clues into actual props.
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29 10 201811:12 AM
  • more than 1 year(s)
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Great game and Fabulous Price
We had a shortened version of this party at our office. They LOVED it! It was close to Halloween, so tied into a theme well. My group really embraced this, they dressed up and acted. It was a great opportunity for people to really get into the story. Easy to follow directions, allowed us to adjust the length as needed. Everything you need is included. Great game, easy to use, and a great price!!!!
  • we had Halloween dessert contest too.
  • Lots of décor, gauze, caution tape. Zombie cut outs
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27 10 201805:41 PM
  • more than 1 year(s)
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Excellent game and night by all means!!!
Even though this was my very first experience at hosting a murder mystery night, and despite how slow I went while trying to remember what should I do next, it was an excellent game!

I played the role of the narrator and all my 13 guests came with perfectly made costumes and roles.

It was easy to follow instructions, I made little cutouts of everything to remind myself of the script. Though I wasted some time trying to handle everything on my own specially that I planned the game in 2 seperate rooms.

I made this extra special by gifting the winner of the best costume a dinner for 2. They worked very well on their costumes!

I only think that the roles of the optional characters should be involved more in the game specially when people run out of things to talk about or do.

Overall, the decoration, dinner and the murder were to remember and I can't wait to purchase another game!
  • I planned a fancy creepy dinner with:
    - Ribs
    - Pasta
    - Fried Chicken
    - Salads
    - Hotdog rolls
    - Vegetable fried rolls
    - Cheese Platter
    - loads of bloody drinks
  • I worked on the theme and decorations for a month to make sure my guests enjoy what they are doing.

    I decorated 2 rooms, the asylum with the dinner table and the laboratory with all the clues hidden in it.

    To make it special, I added a lot of puzzles for my guests to find the clues and that took around half an hour to find.
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31 01 201808:46 PM
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Zombie Insane Asylum
We are a Singles group and we had a great time with this!!!

  • nothing fancy just munchies
  • We stayed in the kitchen area to eat munchies and mingle for 40 minutes or so.. then we went down to the basement for the murder and scavenger hunt!!
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17 11 201704:45 PM
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Zombie Cannibal Asylum
It was my husband's 50 bday. He is a huge fan of the Walking Dead and how perfect was this murder mystery!
We had tons of fun, some of my guest came in Zombie Character and some came with lab coats made it even better. The best part was watching them re-cap the night and trying to figure out who the murderer was. LOL
This was absolutely the best party we have thrown!
  • Birthday cake was full of "strawberry blood" and a knife. Lots of finger foods and plenty of meat.
  • The main area was set up like a lab including lab mice and brains in jar. Zombie stuck in the fireplace.
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11 11 201708:04 PM
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Birthday party
My friends are kinda obsessed with zombies and zombie related games. They loved this. I hosted for my friend's birthday party and everyone had a blast. 9/10 would play again.
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11 10 201708:31 AM
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Short Staffed at the Zombie Asylum
Serina's 16th birthday party was a blast, or rather a stabbing.
Everything went rather well, I was the host (Serina's father) but I had never hosted a party like that before. The instructions were great and clear on what needed to be done and where. I could of made it run a bit smoother if I had not kept loosing my paperwork and just been a little more organised. Next advent will be a lot better. Everyone wanted to be a zombie so I needed to invite more people for staff members. Character selection would of been better if they were given and not chosen. All worked out in the end though. Totalling up votes for awards was the hardest and a program like an excel sheet written for this would be handy.
All in all everyone had a good time so well done to the writer.
  • Finger hotdogs and Blood oozing birthday cake as it was cut. Body part lollies (treats).
  • Lab setting in shed
    test tube filled with colourful liquids and bloody table cloths from red dot (cheap)
    Old rusty tools etc. lying around on tables and cage/ bars for new zombies
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11 05 201703:07 PM
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Zombie Appocalypse Asylum
We hosted our murder as a Halloween party and it turned out awesome. Was my first murder party so I wasn't sure what to expect. The manual was incredibly detailed and guided me through the whole process. I didn't push the guests to be theater majors but did email them encouragement prior to the event. They blew me away with their costumes and how they "developed" their characters. Small things make a big difference. We had psychiatric patients as zombies and several of the guests did a great job acting out their compulsions and phsycotic issues. Everyone had a great time, claiming it was best Halloween party ever!
  • We went with finger foods and mingled in the dining area instead of a sit down meal. Everyone went along with the Zombie theme and presented the dishes with a gory twist. The chicken tenders had rubber rats mixed in eating away, cheese and crackers were placed in body of a skeleton. There was a brain shaped cheese ball. They even put plastic roaches in the meatballs which was a huge source of conversation.
  • I went all out for the decorations. I created a mad scientist lab with potions and specimen jaws lit up various ways (glow sticks/led lights). I bought a cheap fish tank air pump and created bubbling potions and lots of fake blood
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11 02 201710:42 PM
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Zombie Asylum
We were at girl scout camp the weekend before Halloween and wanted the girls to have a great experience so decided to try out a murder mystery. The girls loved it they were all around 12 give or take a year and they really got into playing and exaggerating their roles. Next trip they want to try another one! we had 22 people play and it was great!
  • We had jello brain for dessert along with murder cupcakes which were cupcakes stabbed with a candy knife with red ganache which was the blood
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11 02 201712:30 AM
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It was a Halloween celebration, there was about 20 people in attendance. The dinner party went so smoothly, everyone stayed in character until the dinner party ended. It was so fun!
  • We served curry with rice and naan, and we had plenty if "gory" sweets like cupcakes with "shattered glass" and edible fake blood, a brain made out of jello. We even had jello shot syringes.
  • We transformed out living room into the "common and dining area" and the kitchen into Dr.Weilers laboratory. We even went as far as changing the lightbulb to red for the common area and green for the lab.
    I made booklets for each character that contained printouts and character sheets. And everyone dressed as their character, it was great!
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21 02 201702:22 AM
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Double Birthday Apocalypse!
I've wanted to do a murder mystery for a long time. My parents did these parties back before they had kids so I've heard great stories, but had yet to do one myself. I love anything zombie related so I searched for an apocalypse themed murder mystery. I had it narrowed down to two different companies and actually another reviewer on this site sold me on this one. So thanks Greg!
It was my 32nd and a buddy's 30th. After doing some initial probing to see who would be interested, one of my friends offered to be the host since I wanted to play a character. It worked out great and with the "how to print" section I was able to get things organized on my end without seeing anything crucial to the mystery.
The party itself went amazingly smooth! Everyone really got into it, going all out with costumes and character development.
The kit is straightforward and very easy to setup a great time with! I can't wait to do my next party, and neither can anyone else!
Probably the best part of the night was when my host was describing the scene after the murder, the characters involved, without being asked or prompted, immediately began improving what she was describing, much to the amusement of everyone!
One thing I would recommend is there is a handout called "life after the zombie apocalypse" that you're instructed to hand out shortly after the beginning of the party. Both my host and I thought the party would have gone smoother had we given that out ahead of time with their character sheet. It sets the scene and is very similar to your hosts opening speech. Everyone was revved up and in character as our host finished her speech and then broke for a bit as the handout was passed around. Especially as we had a bigger group of 26, it would have been smoother to just get right into it. Minute detail.
  • I had zombie punch going with a dry ice bowl throughout the night.
    We did a potluck and basically said anything creepy or gross goes. We got....
    Deviled eggs dyed to look bloodshot
    Sausage intestines
    Swedish meatball eyes
    Brains cupcakes
    Bloody cake
    Dirt pudding
    Pulled hamstring (pork)
    Batwings (chicken wins with black food coloring)
    Roasted root vegetables with beets so everything was red
    Several bodily fluids (different dips, salsa, guacamole)
    An amazing beef brisket.... I mean 24 year old, vegetarian fed, suburban raised female jogger, crawlspace aged with a lint of lime.
  • I used oriental trading and amazon to order a bunch of reasonably priced decorations. My best friend's favorite holiday is Halloween so I was pretty much set between her and online stores.
    Several people used a local scrubs store to get costumes.
    We used the first floor of my friend's old home for the party. We kicked everyone outside for an intermission and quickly reset for the lab with some preplanned light changes, strobe lights, electricity balls, and mason jars filled with baby doll parts or just food colored water and some dry ice.
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18 10 201609:09 AM
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Zombie Asylum fun!
My partner suggested having a murder mystery party 2 weeks before my birthday. It was tight to do all the organising but more than enough people came and it was super fun! The kit is very involved and there is a fair bit of organising to do before hand, but I really love that stuff.
My friends really got in to the characters with costumes and even accents.
  • I made finger food since we were eating in the "cafeteria" of the asylum.
    I had 30ml large syringes from another party (without needles obviously) and I made jello-shots in them for the zombies! Could easily be made alcohol-free, just make sure they don't set too hard otherwise depressing the syringe won't work.
  • I made a zombie playlist on Spotify -
    I made lots of jars of different things - eyeballs and noodles floating in water with food dye, brains out of play dough in jars
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14 02 201604:58 PM
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13th BD Murder Mystery Party
Decided to try this for my 13 year old daughter who loves scary movies and not girly girly stuff.

We had 13 girls plus I had husband and 2 older nieces (10/26) taking on characters as well. I supplied costumes (disposable lab coats. mustaches, gloves, canes etc for "staff" and zombie painted/torn hospital gowns, make up for "inmates". I decorated with zombie items from Oriental trading, plus my own black halloween materials, candelabra for dining table, "specimen jars", painted creepy mirror and painted signs indicating the lab/assylum. All fun making and my daughter helped and loved who the house was set up!

It took a while for characters to get into their roles and Act 1 was a little bit of a struggle as girls were themselves/then characters and not sure how to quite get into it. Kids loved the decor, theme, and had fun figuring it out. We mixed my daughters friends (some from sports, some from school, some from neighborhood)

In the end it was fun for them and here are my suggestions:

1) not recommend doing this for any teens under 15 perhaps...not because of content but because of ability of youngers to grasp concept and get into roles

2) DEFINATELY make sure you have a lot of Zombie roles to extend Act 2. The kit has "required" roles but I think it would be much better if they expanded that number to enhance game.

3) Downlowded kit was thorough and very understandable - but you MUST go through it a number of times to get all in order and understand flow of game.

4) I recommend you have a helper in addition to narrator (both NOT in game) if you have teens participating as they need some nudging and hard to get all food/logistics/narrate for one person.

Overall GREAT game - would love to do for adults!

And if anyone is interested in a bunch of Zombie decor /costumes I will be passing along/selling!!!
  • Specimen jars (pinterest) with submersible lights
    beakers with dry ice
    Painted old mirror by food/service bar saying "Welcome to Pendergast" with bloody drippings
    Candelabra on dining table
    Lots of Zombie caution tape/posters/table coverings from Oriental trading
    Disposable lab coats/bloodied hospital gowns/zombie make up (just need red/black)
    Zombie headbands
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14 02 201601:33 PM
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Mom & Dad's Joint Birthday Party
We threw a joint birthday party for my parents with mostly family and a few extra friends. In total, there were 14 of us, all adults except for our twin brothers (who are 14). I've read in other reviews that maybe 15 or older is better, but our brothers loved it and did quite well.

I think there were a few chief complaints. One is that there's not a massive amount of direction given for how a character is supposed to act. So when we had the social hour, it seemed like everyone was repeating themselves and it just felt awkward.

Another complaint is that the mystery was too easily solved. We all knew who it was and it just didn't really leave room for much speculation. It would have been nice to have some plot twists or something like that to give people a chance to argue a little more. Some characters were made to look suspicious but compared with others, they were never even considered.
  • Per one of the reviews we read, we also did a food body buffet. My husband carved a brain into a watermelon for the head (which was awesome) and we filled up the body with pulled pork and jalapeno poppers. It went over really well.
  • We mainly used our unfinished basement. Bought a lot of fake blood, some brains from a theatrical shop and lab coats. Got some strobe lights as well. It was a little tough to find this stuff away from the Halloween season, but I think we did pretty well with what we had.
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16 11 201504:15 PM
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ZOMBIE Cannibal Asylum
So we wound up with only 10 people in attendance of my Daughter's Not So Sweet 16th BD Party. Of course everyone wanted to be a Zombie, we talked some into human characters and the others were crosses between bloody gory humans with zombie traits. It worked out really well. Everyone had a blast and got really animated on the accusations at 5he end on who and why. It was fun dressing up and all of our gross food and props added to the theme and mood set.would definitely recommend a murder mystery party!
  • Skull cheese ball, bloody used band aids, used ear wax Q tips, zombie scabs pizza bites, veggie tray with fingers in veggie dip, zombie finger hot dogs, vomit dip, chocolate covered pretzel zombie fingers, ghastly fog punch, walking dead cake, eyeball slushies, various zombie labeled sodas. Sour liquid candy zombie virus and shockers pill cures.
  • Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! And bloody humans!
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