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Enjoy an Evening of Murder and Mayhem with Other Seniors
For some fun and excitement, why not add a little murder and mayhem into your retired lifestyle. No, it’s not a suggestion to really go out and commit murder, but collecting clues and solving a murder can be a fun evening or weekend for people who live in retirement communities like Westminster Village in West Lafayette, Indiana.
If you’ve ever watched a murder mystery on television or played the board game, Clue, you know that there’s always a victim, suspects, a murder weapon, and the crime scene. And one or more people in the show and the game are cast as the sleuth or private detective who solves the puzzle. Who killed the victim? You and your friends can participate in your own murder mystery either at a murder mystery dinner, a weekend at a bed and breakfast, or in the privacy of your own home.
Seniors will be the detective at the murder mystery dinner
Area restaurants often feature a murder mystery dinner for their patrons. You pay for the dinner and as you eat each course, actors act out a scene of the murder mystery. Each one is a suspect in the plot. They describe the victim and their part in the puzzle.
As a participant, you have a list of characters and you must write down clues as they perform. The key is to listen and observe to see if you can figure out which actor is the murderer.
Other venues, like the Mystery Café, in Indianapolis, organize the experience a little differently. You might be a true participant, a character in the play, reading from a card. You may have costumes and props, be the victim or even the murderer. Most performances, no matter the design, are comedies. You can search on the internet for venues like this one close to your home.
Active older adults can travel to bed and breakfasts for a more in-depth experience
If you want to experience a more complex murder mystery and really be a part of something, you might travel to another part of the country to stay in a bed and breakfast. At some of these events that occur in Kentucky, Idaho, California, or Michigan, you’ll get the chance to look at clues, forensic reports, and lab reports. Your hosts will feed you with simple or elaborate foods and may even reward you for solving the case. Some of them even let you design your own murder mystery. You can go alone or bring your whole team for the weekend.
Stay at home with friends and a murder mystery dinner kit
If you don’t want to go away to solve your murder, you can invite your friends to your home for dinner and fun. Purchase a murder mystery kit that often includes enough entertainment for 6-8 people.
Each kit has a theme and is set in a unique place like a Hawaiian luau or a Vegas casino. Your dinner will be planned around that theme. You and your guests can dress in costumes matching the theme. You should assign each of your friends a character. Your kit will probably include invitations that explain characters.
Once your friends arrive at your home or apartment, they will get a script, with clues and information. They will ask other participants questions about themselves in order to figure out which one is the murderer.
The fun is dependent on what you plan and how much your guests get involved. There is no limit to how much fun you can have. Happy sleuthing!
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team
Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.