Ho Ho Homicide

A Night of North Pole Naughtiness

With the Christmas season well on its way, everyone at the North Pole is
working hard to make this a holiday to remember.

Despite the efforts of the arctic inhabitants, productivity is at an all-time low,
upsetting many and putting Santa’s legacy at stake.

Desperate for a change, there are many who are willing to do almost anything to
increase efficiency and restore peace at the North Pole. But only one who will go too
far and commit an act of murder in this mystical place.

Will it be the audacious elf who believes they could run the workshop better?
The remorseful reindeer ready to hide their secrets? Or possibly the
unwavering wife who will do anything to protect her family through any ordeal?

As you join together for the Holly, Jolly Christmas party
you will mingle with magical guests.

In the end, you will need to decipher between the evil and the innocent, the
righteous and the responsible, the naughty and the nice. To insure that the Christmas
legacy continues unchanged, you will be called upon to employ your sleuthing skills
to make certain that the criminal is caught!
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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

With 20 guests: 7+ male characters, 6+ female Characters, 7+ gender-neutral characters (roles that can be assumed by either a male or female guest).

With 15-20 guests: 7 male, 4-6 female, 4-7 gender-neutral.

With 10-15 guests: 4 male, 1-4 female, 5-7 gender-neutral.

With 8-12 guests: 3-4 male, 0-2 female, 5-6 gender-neutral.

With 6-8 guests: 1 male, 5-7 gender-neutral

 

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

With 20 guests: 13+ male characters, 7+ gender-neutral characters (roles that can be assumed by either a male or female guest).
With 15-20 guests: 11-13 male, 4-7 gender-neutral.
With 10-15 guests: 5-8 male, 5-7 gender-neutral.
With 8-12 guests: 3-6 male, 5-6 gender-neutral.
With 6-8 guests: 1 male, 5-7 gender-neutral

 

This is a mostly-male guest list with some characters in same-sex relationships. Characters and character names may vary slightly from those listed below.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

With 20 guests: 13+ female characters and 7+ gender-neutral characters (roles that can be assumed by either a male or female guest).
With 15-20 guests: 11-13 female, 4-7 gender-neutral.
With 10-15 guests: 5-8 female, 5-7 gender-neutral.
With 8-12 guests: 3-6 female, 5-6 gender-neutral.
With 6-8 guests: 1 female, 5-7 gender-neutral

 

This is a mostly-female guest list with some characters in same-sex relationships. Characters and character names may vary slightly from those listed below.

* If you have purchased the 15-20 guest version and need to upgrade, there is an upgrade available.  The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party, just the 15-20 guest party.

With 20 guests: 13+ female characters, 7+ gender-neutral characters (roles that can be assumed by either a male or female guest).
With 15-20 guests: 11-13 female, 4-7 gender-neutral.
With 10-15 guests: 6-8 female, 4-7 gender-neutral.
With 8-12 guests: 4-7 female, 4-5 gender-neutral.
With 6-8 guests: 1 female, 5-7 gender-neutral

 

This is an all-female party. Some characters and character names will vary slightly from those listed on the website.

* If you have purchased the 15-20 guest version and need to upgrade, there is an upgrade available.  The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party, just the 15-20 guest party.

With 20 guests: 7+ male characters, 6+ female Characters, 7+ gender-neutral characters
With 15-20 guests: 7 male, 4-6 female, 4-7 gender-neutral.
With 10-15 guests: 4 male, 1-4 female, 5-7 gender-neutral.
With 8-12 guests: 3-4 male, 0-2 female, 5-6 gender-neutral.
With 6-8 guests: 1 male, 5-7 gender-neutral

 

Clean versions are void of references to extra-marital affairs, alcohol and/or illegal drugs. Teens and/or conservative groups often use clean versions for their mystery of choice.

* If you have purchased the 15-20 guest version and need to upgrade, there is an upgrade available.  The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party, just the 15-20 guest party.

The Cast

*Note that the cast listed below is provided only to give an idea of the types of roles available, and not presented in any order relevant to the plot. Not all cast members are included in every version.

  • Santa Claus

    Leader of North Pole Operations

    With the changing times, Santa has a lot to do to keep up with the current state of the world AND make sure his legacy lives on untainted.

  • Mrs. Claus

    Santa’s Wife

    As matriarch of the North Pole, the Mrs. is worried about some of her husband’s decisions and may have to exert her power to get her way!

  • Connie Claus

    Santa’s Daughter

    Connie is the heir apparent but someone without a lot of Christmas Spirit in her heart. Will her spoiled attitude ruin her chances to inherit the kingdom and legacy her father has built?

  • Kris Krangle

    Santa’s Protégé

    Hand-picked to marry Santa’s daughter and take over North Pole operations, Kris is filled with kindness, generosity and a business sense worthy of running the North Pole. The only thing Kris is missing is the affection of Connie.

  • Jingle

    Head Elf

    Groomed from adolescence to being Santa’s right-hand man, Jingle oversees every aspect of the North Pole operations and events. He is the elf the others answer to.

  • Jangle

    Elf

    In charge of toy-designing, Jangle has a knack for making plans that some may see as outdated. Is Jangle’s time in the workshop up or is there another reason for the lacking toy production?

  • Snappy

    Elf

  • Spanky

    Elf

  • Bouncy

    Elf

  • Blinky

    Elf

  • Ivy

    Elf

  • Holly

    Elf

  • Sparky

    Elf

  • Rudolph

    Reindeer

  • Dasher

    Reindeer

  • Cupid

    Reindeer

  • Vixen

    Reindeer

  • Blitzen

    Reindeer

  • Dusty

    Reindeer

  • Holiday Wishes

    North Pole Postmaster

Party Tips

ELF ESSENTIALS:

  • Pointy Hat
  • Pointy Ears
  • Vests
  • Suspenders
  • Pointy shoes
  • Knee high socks
  • Shorts
  • Patterns, stripes, plaids
  • Lots of Reds and Greens

REINDEER *REQUIREMENTS*

  • Antlers
  • Colored (black/red) noses
  • Jingle Bells (necklaces, bracelets, etc.)
  • Hoofs
  • Brown
  • Fake Fur
Still not sure what to wear? Don on your favorite “ugly Christmas sweater”

  • With Ho Ho Homicide set at the North Pole, it is the PERFECT time to utilize
    your Christmas and/or winter decorations.Here are some more ideas on how to make
    your venue *EXTRA* special for your MURDER MYSTERY party!

    Light Rule
    • Make your own NORTH POLE to place by your party entrance. (Complete do-it-yourself directions included with mystery – see picture below!)

     

    • Have “Reindeer Crossing” signs as you come up the walkway. (Design included in mystery.)

     

    • Create a directional sign, directing your guests to the party. (Designs and directions on making included with mystery – pictured below!)
      North Pole ReindeerCrossing

     

    • Hang a “North Pole” sign (design included with mystery).

     

    • Create a WInter Wonderland by hanging snowflakes all around. (Hang with fishing line – inexpensive and clear!)
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    • Have signs around the venue, designating areas like Elf Clubhouse, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, Toy Workshop and more! (Designs included in mystery.)
      Reindeer Fly ZoneElf Clubhouse Sign

     

    • Make one of your rooms the reindeer barn. Complete it with harnesses, rope, leashes, hay bales, sleigh bells and brushes.

     

    • Light it Up!
      • Buy a couple of sets of Christmas lights and string them along the walls. Turn off the room lights to create a cozy atmosphere.
      • Put the lights in an old wine jug and have them illuminate the room.
      • Put the lights underneath a sheer, shimmering or white table cloth to give it an extra effect!

     

    • Ornament Hang Up. Let the ceiling be the decorative focal point of the party. Using fishing line cut in various lengths, hang simple ball ornaments around the room. You could also arrange bunches from light fixtures for a cool chandelier effect. Use brightly colored ornaments or buy clear glass ones and make your own.

     

    • Buy Inexpensive and shiny ornaments in large quantities and use them to decorate the space.Place them in large bowls as centerpieces, scattered on the floor, placed on random surfaces and hung from the ceilings. By purchasing in large amounts, you will save on costs and have enough ornaments to pull the theme through your entire party space!

     

    • Tree Trimming. Ask everyone to bring one hugely tacky ornament, and have a contest to see who brings the worst one. Have your guests decorate your tree while you are there.

     

    • Spray paint old bottles to create this winter wonderland centerpiece! Find out how here.

     

    • Wrap large boxes with Christmas paper and large bows. Set out around the party space.

     

    • Tack up some mistletoe at each doorway and enforce that your guests follow the kissing-under-the-mistletoe rule. (We’re big fans of embarrassment.)

     

    • Decorate your house with miniature stockings that have your guests’ names written on them. Stuff the stockings with candy that you can buy in bulk, and give them to your guests as party favors. OR use the stockings to have your guests name tags, money and objectives within them. A perfect way to distribute them!

     

    • A lot of candy companies sell their products wrapped in Christmas colors this time of year. Buy a few bags and pour the candy into large bowls — you get edible Christmas decorations THE BEST KIND!

     

     

    • Hang a Cinnamon-Apple Wreath on your door to commemorate the season. Make one here.

     

    • Make centerpieces out of things you have laying around. See how here.

     

    Poinsettias and wreaths are relatively cheap and make beautiful and festive decorations.

HAVE A TASTY TABLE OF TREATS.
Find recipes here or ask each of your guests to bring their favorite Christmas sweet or cookie.

 

 

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE.
Make one from scratch or purchase and decorate a pre-made house!

 

 

SERVE YOUR GUESTS REINDEER FOOD.
Puppy Chow is a tasty treat that can be labeled as “Reindeer Food”. Recipe here.

 

 

CREATE A BUFFET FOR YOUR FAVORITE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS!

 


 

HORS D’OEUVRES GALORE!
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Try this website for a number of festive party appetizers. These recipes are quick easy to make, which
works out perfectly for the busiest season of all. You can also find a number of appetizers that
are red & green to add to the festiveness!
From hot chocolate an hot apple cider to eggnog and red & green martinis — there is little you can’t do to get your guests in the spirit with a drink — whether they have spirits or not!

 

 

  • Egg Nog: Find a tasty and/or unique recipe for eggnog here. 

 

  • Hot Chocolate: Everything you need to about hot chocolate—how to make it from scratch, different recipes, etc. Find here.

 

 


 

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR TABLE!
No matter what you do, you can really pull through the theme, simply in how you set your dinner or food table.
Some ideas to help you with your table:

 

  • Find old Christmas fabric, table cloths, etc.

 

  • Use Christmas wrapping paper to create a backdrop for your table, placemats, table runner, even a table cloth!

 

  • Search out inexpensive Christmas decorations at your local dollar store.

 

  • Use red and green colored paper/plastic plates — much more inexpensive than plastic or patterned plates and gives the same, festive effect!

 

  • Find large quantities of ornaments and use them as centerpieces (see above). By purchasing in quantity, you will cut down on the price and have enough to scatter throughout your party venue and pull together your theme!

 

  • Purchase one swatch of festive fabric, cut into strips and use as napkin bows.

 

  • Use festive holiday ribbon to tie your silverware together in lieu of napkin rings!

 

  • Spray paint old wine bottles and other bottles red, green, white and silver for centerpieces.

 

WHATEVER YOU DECIDE TO SERVE, you can put it in a customized menu and/or table tents to let your guests know! (Editable menu design and table tents come with mystery purchase)


BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR HO HO HOMICIDE PINTEREST BOARD FOR MANY, MANY MORE IDEAS!
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FA LA LA LA LA — MUSIC!

This one is a little bit of a no-brainer — Christmas Music!

 

Here are some ways to provide free music for your gathering.

 

  • Visit your local library and check out some Christmas cds.

 

  • Visit Pandora.com where you can type in a genre of music and it will stream music throughout your par

 

  • Visit iTunes and stream Christmas music from there

 

  • Download free Christmas Carols here. Or here.

 

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Ho Ho Homicide includes:

Mystery PDF that includes: A Host Guide, A Schedule of the Night, An Introduction, Designed Invitations, Background Information, Character Descriptions, Character Objective Sheets, Name Tags, Evidence, Accusation Sheets, a Detailed Solution, Award Certificates, and more!

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