Honky-Tonk Takedown

A Root Beer Social Filled
with Buckaroos and Bandits
in the Wild, Wild West!

The Honky-Tonk Saloon is located in the fading western
town of Silver Springs. A once gold rich town, the only
thing keeping Silver Springs alive is the bustling saloon
which serves the best root beer this side of the Mississippi.
Or so it claims.

While sippin’ on some award-winning root beer, there will
be one dastardly dude (or diva) at work to try to spoil
your time, so you best be ready to solve a mystery and catch
a bandit! Silver Springs is counting on you!

Saddle up yer horses and skedaddle on down
for a rootin’ tootin’, mystery-solvin’ good time!

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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

For 8-12 guests: 1 male, 2 females, 5-9 either male or female.

This is a kid mystery, intended for 8-12 year olds.


For 8-12 guests: 8-12 females

This is a kid mystery with an all-female cast.
* Names may vary slightly from the ones listed below.

For 8-12 guests: 8-12 males

This is a kid mystery with an all-male cast.
* Names may vary slightly from the ones listed below.

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.

  • Wyatt Wilson


    With the town in trouble, this leader will need to keep the bad guys out and the good guys in if they expect to keep their job!

  • Shootin' Sal (Sally)


    The mayor’s sidekick, Sal will do whatever they are told… regardless of what side of the law it is on.

  • Deputy Danny

    Sheriff's Deputy

    There is no more dutiful citizen than Danny. Because Danny believes it is their job to keep everyone in check, including those Danny answers to.

  • Saloon Sam

    Saloon Owner

    Owner of the most popular joint in town, Sam takes the credit for keeping the town alive…and some don’t like it!

  • Billy-the-Bartender


    Serving up everything from root beer to lemonade, this bartender knows how to stir things up!

  • Dirty Dawg


    While Dirty Dawg would like to stay on the right-side of the law, they just can’t seem to keep anything straight lately.

  • Mabel Anne

    Sunshine Kate

  • Moneybags Malone


  • Gold Finder


  • Wrangling Riley


  • Ace High


  • Sunshine Kate

    Saloon Singer

Party Tips

To invite them to your Rootin’ Tootin’ Mystery-filled Root Beer Social at the Honky-Tonk Saloon!

Everyone from the dutiful deputy to the crooning saloon singer and the marvelous Mayor are invited! There is no shortage of colorful characters at the Honky-Tonk Saloon’s Root Beer Social!

Don’t worry, it’s not gruesome or gory. In fact, most times the victim goes down giggling…
and ALWAYS comes back to life to help out with the investigations!

The kids are divvied up into suspects and investigators and and given short scripts to read.


Investigations occur!!! Evidence is presented!!!
And then after much deliberation…
And it is time for a group picture!!!

From Bucking Buckaroos to Rough and Rugged Outlaws.
Saloon Owners to Southern Belles.The Honky-Tonk has everyone!
Look here for ideas on what to wear or
an accessory that will complete the outfit!

Just a few ideas of what to dress your little buckaroo in!
  • Plaid
  • Denim
  • Vest
  • Big belt buckle
  • Cowboy/girl hats
  • Bowler hat
  • Bandanas
  • Shoestring tie
  • Bow Tie
  • Mustaches
  • Braids
  • Boas
  • Wigs (think any variety)
  • Gloves
  • Fancy Head dress
  • Feathered hair pieces
  • LARGE hats
  • Fake eyelashes
  • Timepiece
  • Stick horse
  • Toy guns
  • Holster
  • Spurs
  • Chaps
  • Rawhide


• Place real hay bales outside the entrance. If you have a saddle, put them on or around the bales of hay.


• Make a hitching post for your guests with a wooden pallet and a sign (included with the mystery).


• Create a sign post with different directional signs. You can have signs pointing people to: the bank, telegraph office, jail, stagecoach, etc. (There are directions and templates on how to do this with the mystery.


• Make and hang a sign for your saloon. (Instructions and templates included with mystery purchase.)


• Construct your own saloon doors. Find out how to do so here.


• Make some saloon doors for your party. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS HERE.


• Not up for building, order your saloon door here.


• Hang “wanted” and “reward” posters all over the walls. (These templates included with mystery purchase.)


• Print out and hang other “saloon” signs. (These templates included with mystery purchase.)



• Use cable spools as tables for the little ones — they are the perfect size!


• Cut out cowboy and a cowgirl silhouettes and hang them on the windows.

• Have your own branded root beer. (Label designs included with purchase. Just adhere to root beer bottles.) For added fun, order some cowboy boot mugs for the kids to drink out of!


• Create a jail for your dastardly guests at the party.(Instructions on how to do so are included with the mystery.)


• Use scene setters to create your saloon wall or a western scene.


•Create a photo spot to capture memories of all of your guests! And don’t forget the WANTED sign — easily made with a piece of cardboard and a sharpie!


• A little western goes a long way. Compile an assortment of western objects and create displays around the party benue. Place them somewhere where everyone will see them – by the food, place where you get your nametags, etc.

• Make lassos from thick rope and hang as garland.


• Have small, tin buckets filled with peanuts.


• Use bandanas as napkins. You can even use metal sheriff’s badges as napkin rings (pin one in the middle of each napkin).


• Get some red gingham fabric from a fabric store to use as an affordable table cloth.


• Use a real cowboy hat, turned upside down and line with a check napkin to hold chips.You can place bowls inside the hats, too, if you are hesitant about napkins.


• Place a small bowl in the top of a cowboy boot and fill it with salsa. Use boots of different sizes to give your salsa bar depth and variety.


• Arrange bunches of wheat, daisies, sunflowers or wildflowers in cowboy boots, metal coffee pots or tin pitchers.


• Bring in camping or storm equipment such as oil lamps, lanterns and cooking pots to add to the theme.


• Soak the labels off beer bottles and use bottles as candle holders.


• For a fantastic finishing touch, stick rapid-fire bullet holes on your wall, your fridge, your windows, and anywhere else they’ll stick. Check them out here.


• Use potted cactii for your table centerpieces.


• If you want to go all the way, you can purchase one of these buidings.(See below for links!)


Snacks: beef jerky, pickles, licorice and old-fashioned, hard candy sticks are all authentic Old West snack foods. Trail mix and buffalo wings add a Wild West flavor to the appetizer menu.


Main Vittles: hot dogs, sloppy joes, cowboy stew, pork ribs, burgers, brisket, chicken fried steak, barbecue ribs, roast, chili, Virginia ham and buffalo steaks or burgers.


Side Kicks: potato salad, cowboy potatoes, corn fritters and cowboy beans (slow-cooked barbecued beans topped with bacon and pineapple).


Sopping Material: corn bread, baking powder or sour dough biscuits. Real butter adds a nice touch.


Cowboy Sweets: Wild West dessert menus may feature Old West favorites that are still big hits today, such as berry pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie (for autumn parties) and strawberry shortcakes (for summer parties) made with sweet biscuits and topped with real whipped cream.


Belly Wash: iced tea, apple juice, lemonade, root beer (sasparilla) and cactus juice. To make cactus juice, pour cold lemon lime soda into a punch bowl and add lime sherbet.

Follow these links below to help you create the food you wish to serve. Cowboy Showcase– Check out this complete western recipe resource.


Chuckwagon Recipes– The Old West’s cooking at it’s finest.

Find recipes, templates and directions to make all the western goodies pictured above easily and affordably when you buy Honky-Tonk Takedown!

Includes: Ideas, directions and templates on how to make gold, money bags, bandana napkins, more elaborate nametags and recipes for Chili, Desert Dessert, Cactus Cake and Sheriff Badge Cookies… and more.


MENU: Along with purchase of the mystery, you will receive a designed menu that you can customize with YOUR own appetizers, entrees and desserts that you will be serving at your Honky-Tonk Takedown!


ROOTBEER: Create the award-winning Honky-Tonk Saloon rootbeer with their own, branded labels. (Label designs included with purchase. Pictured above.) Just adhere to the bottles and woohla!

Tips for serving up your food!

• Purchase red gingham or burlap to use as tablecloths, table runners, etc.


• Consider red plastic-ware.


• Use bandanas or burlap for napkins.


• Have mason jars for your guests to drink from.


• Serve bottled and canned beverages from old tin tubs.


• Give your food western names — Cowboy Chili, Old West Wings, Get Along Little Doggies (cocktail weiners),etc.


• Find cable spools and use those as tables for the kids — they are just the right size! (pictured below)

• Serve your root beer out of cowboy boot mugs.

Saloon Music– Find some authentic tunes from the old west to play at your party. Find it here.


Saloon Music– We downloaded an album from Sqeek Steale on iTunes for some good saloon piano music!


Cowboy Music– You can stream music from this internet station.


Cowboy Music– Play real cowboy music by the original western sweethearts Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Find it here.


Other classic country artists Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings are a few suggestions.


For Free Music– Visit your local library for a number of compilations from the time.


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Honky-Tonk Takedown includes:

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

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