Murder High Reunion

It’s the James D. Murder High
30 Year Reunion!

You’ve come a long way in the last thirty years and so have your classmates.
It’s time  to reunite with your old friends (and enemies) to see what everyone’s become.

Unfortunately for one of you…it is a murderer who is destined to strike.

Will it be the math team captain who is now a financial wizard with millions?
The valedictorian who refuses to let anyone top them? Ever.
Or possibly the class president who is now a U.S. presidential hopeful?

You’ll have but one night to figure it out and bring the killer to justice.
Get ready for a night of mystery and mayhem intertwined with rivalries
from the past that spill over to the present. At Murder High, it’s not only
what you were, but what you’ve become. And let’s hope it’s a survivor.

It will be a reunion you won’t forget…
if you live to tell about it!

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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

For 20-80 guests: 7+ males, 8+ female, 5+ gender neutral role

For 15-20 guests: 7 males, 6-8 female,  2-5 gender neutral

For 10-15 guests: 4-5 males, 3-4 females, 3-6 gender neutral

For 8-12 guests: 4 males, 3-4 females, 1-4 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.

For 20-80 guests: 7+ males, 8+ female, 5+ gender neutral role

For 15-20 guests: 7 males, 6-8 female,  2-5 gender neutral

For 10-15 guests: 4-5 males, 3-4 females, 3-6 gender neutral

For 8-12 guests: 4 males, 3-4 females, 1-4 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.

* 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.

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.

  • Nick Nixon

    The Class President

    Nick led the class in 1985 and hopes to lead the country in 2012. Does this presidential candidate have too many skeletons in the closet?

  • Nancy Nixon

    The Class Vice President

    Nancy has always been known to stand by her man, but is she tired of always being put on the back burner…?

  • Joe Nebraska

    The Jock

    As the captain of the football, basketball and baseball team, Joe is a legend at Murder High and in his own mind. Joe has said he will do anything to become a legend at the reunion as well.

  • Natalie Nebraska

    The Cheerleader

    Popular and perfect, everyone loves her. Or so she thinks.

  • Pamela Abdul

    The Pompom Captain

    The queen of dance in high school, Pamela went on to great stardom in choreography. She is said to be back to spice things up, especially with her old rivals.

  • Mallory Majesty

    The Prom Queen

    With Mallory’s wealth and good looks, she is accustomed to ALWAYS getting her way and she will make sure that the reunion is no different.

  • Mike Majesty

    The Prom King

  • Cindy Crawfish

    The Class Flirt

  • Judd Jenson

    The Class Stud

  • Bobbie Bright

    The Valedictorian

  • Molly Ringworm

    The Drama Queen

  • Bailey Babble

    The Class Gossip

  • Steve Spielson

    Audio Visual Squad Leader

  • Randy Reporter

    Newspaper Editor

  • Byron P. Keaton

    The Math Team Captain

  • Myra S. Keaton

    The Math Team Cheerleader

  • Terry Johnson

    Hall Pass Monitor

  • Danny Drums

    Marching Band

  • Sally Sax

    Marching Band

  • B.A. Barricade

    The Punk

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that might come in handy during your Night of Mystery

Check out the Costumes Section above!!!

 

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You can print them out on sticker paper and trim for stickers
or order a design-a-button kit and create real buttons!

 

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Trends of the Eighties

Jelly bracelets
High bangs
Hairspray, lots of hairspray
Leg warmers
Tight fitting pants
Torn Jeans
Hubba Bubba Chewing Gum
Purple, the more the better
Michael Jackson’s glove

 

Top Billboard Hits  of 1988

1) “Faith”- George Michael

2)   “Need You Tonight” — INXS

3)  “Got My Mind Set on You” —  George Harrison

4)  “Never Gonna Give You Up” — Rick Astley

5)  “Sweet Child o’ Mine” —  Guns N’ Roses

6)  “So Emotional” —  Whitney Houston

7)  “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” — Belinda Carlisle

8)  “Could’ve Been” — Tiffany

9)  “Hands to Heaven” — Breathe

10)  “Roll with It” — Steve Winwood

 

Top Grossing Films of 1988

1.  Rain Man

2.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit

3.  Coming to America

4.  Big

5.  Twins

6.  Crocodile Dundee II

7.  Die Hard

8.  The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

9.  Cocktail

10.  Beetlejuice

 

 

Top 20 TV Shows of 1988

1) The Cosby Show

2) Roseanne 

3) A Different World 

4) Cheers 

5) 60 Minutes 

6) The Golden Girls 

7) Who’s the Boss? 

8) Murder, She Wrote 

9) Empty Nest 

10) Anything but Love 

11) Dear John 

12) Matlock 

13) L.A. Law 

14)  Growing Pains 

15) ALF 

16)  Monday Night Football 

17) Unsolved Mysteries 

18) In the Heat of the Night 

19) Hunter 

20) Head of the Class

 

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Check out which classmates you’ll see at the reunion!!!

 

Nick Nixon— The Class President. Nick led the class in 1988 and hopes to lead the country in 2020. Does this presidential candidate have too many skeletons in the closet? 

 

Nancy Nixon— The Class Vice President. Nancy has always been known to stand by her man, but is she tired of always being put on the back burner…? 

 

Molly Ringworm— The Drama Queen. Molly is known to steal the show, whether it was in the school musical or her current soap opera hit, The Brash and The Brutal. For the sake of the reunion, let’s hope she is neither.

 

Joe Nebraska— The Jock. As the captain of the football, basketball and baseball team, Joe is a legend at Murder High and in his own mind. Joe has said he will do anything to become a legend at the reunion as well. 

 

Natalie Nebraska— The Cheerleader. Popular and perfect, everyone loves her. Or so she thinks. 

 

Pamela Abdul— The Pompom Captain. The queen of dance in high school, Pamela went on to great stardom in choreography. She is said to be back to spice things up, especially with her old rivals. 

 

Mallory Majesty— The Prom Queen. With Mallory’s wealth and good looks, she is accustomed to ALWAYS getting her way and she will make sure that the reunion is no different. 

 

Mike Majesty—The Prom King. A proper king keeps court with only those who will enhance his reign.

 

Cindy Crawfish—The Class Flirt. Cindy is still vibrant, bold and unmarried after thirty years. Most of the women at the reunion may want to protect themselves… and their man. Rumor has it Cindy can be deadly when she doesn’t get what she wants. 

 

Judd Jenson— The Class Stud. Best friends with Joe & Mike, Judd was always the most popular with the girls. Now that he is thirty years older, there may be some rejection that he is not used to… 

 

Bobbie Bright— The Valedictorian. A Harvard law graduate, Bobbie won’t let anyone challenge their claim to “most likely to succeed”. 

 

Bailey Babble—The Class Gossip. Bailey has been living and working in this town since they graduated high school and still knows everything that’s going on. But how much is too much? 

 

Steve Spielson—Audio Visual Squad Leader. This a.v. squad geek turned Hollywood movie director, Steve is said to be the most successful of the high school classmates, but has he betrayed too many on his way to stardom? 

 

Randy Reporter—Newspaper Editor. With a presidential candidate at the reunion, Randy is determined to get an insider scoop–and they won’t stop till they get it! 

 

Byron P. Keaton—The Math Team Captain. The king of calculators is back to strut his stuff. Ridiculed high school, Byron is back to show just how far money can take you. 

 

Myra S. Keaton—The Math Team Cheerleader. Married to Byron, Myra is planning on coming to the reunion to show the “real” cheerleaders what she is made of…these days it’s money! 

 

Terry Johnson—Hall Pass Monitor. Terry was hard-nosed in high school and even tougher now as a traffic cop. Watch out because Terry will be watching everyone’s moves and will take charge if anything goes wrong at the reunion. 

 

Danny Drums—Marching Band. To Danny, nothing mattered more in high school than band camp. Music is still on his mind, as is revenge. 

 

Sally Sax—Marching Band. Sally is now married to her band camp sweetheart and wants to make sure her sweetie doesn’t step out of line. 

 

B.A. Barricade—The Punk. Never one to take orders well, now B.A. does it for money in the name of  ‘private security’. It’s amazing what people may pay B.A. to do. 

 

*** Some characters may not be included in all versions. 

 

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Things you might want to incorporate into your outfit for the whole eighties appeal!

• The “Off the shoulder” look–Inspired by Flashdance

• Jellies sandals–They were plastic. They were noisy. They were hot.

• Exercise gear and leg warmers–“Let’s Get Physical” tore up the charts, and people everywhere tore off the layers in favor of spandex and sweatbands and got down with their bad selves.

• Teased hair– Perm it, fluff it, hairspray it and then adorn it with chunky clips.

• Tight acid or stonewashed jeans– Tight, and we mean tight jeans were all the rage, for both men and women. Bleach was splashed onto the denim to give it a patchy mixture of dark and light color. Then they were ripped and safety pins added to give the desirable punk/rebel look à la Billy Idol. Throw a mullet on with those pants and you were hot stuff.

• Neon

• Shirts with a clip on the side– Oversized t-shirts were big. Clipping them up on one side with a chunky plastic clip (make it neon, even better) was even bigger.

• Shoulder Pads– For reasons we’ll never understand, the linebacker look was popular back in the day.

• Don’t Worry, Be Happy– printed on clothing

• Slap bracelets

 

 

 

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Find the perfect hairstyle to go with your outfit!

• Feathered, high bangs

• Asymmetrical, new wave haircut

• The side ponytail– Bubblegum pop and valley girl mallrats popularized this 80s hairstyle to epic proportions.

• Crimped hair

• The mullet– Mullets may have received a bad rap through the decades, but back in the day … oh … so dreamy.

• The rat tail or ducktail

 

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Just a few suggestions for your totally 80s Reunion!

Stake out the front yard with campaign yard signs and posters for your favorite presidential candidate – Nick Nixon! (campaign yard signs, posters and button designs included with the mystery).

Make a “Murder High Reunion” Banner. You can go simple and make it from inexpensive banner paper or posterboard or go all the way and have one printed up from a professional printer!

Create an outside archway to take pictures under, like a real high school event and then have everyone take their pictures under it. A perfect way to remember the evening. (See more under photo spot ideas.)

 

Find an old yearbook (preferably from 80s) and blow up pictures of what you all could have looked like. Make sure to get all the hairstyles and trends of the time (feathered hair, the mullet, etc). Don’t forget to include pictures of all the extra-curriculars that are attending! (pictured below)
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Use the website YearbookYourself.com and create yearbook pictures from the 80s of each of your guests. Hang them on the wall like a reunion. On the website, you can also print pictures of student life like the cheerleading squad, football team, etc.

 

Hang up old movie posters of some of the favorites– try to see if you can get all of the members of the brat pack! (Included with the mystery)

 

Have framed pictures of your favorite heart throbs (Kirk Cameron, Judd Nelson, Michael J. Fox, etc.)

Set up a breakdancing floor and encourage a “dance off” sometime in the night.

Have eighties classic movies playing in the background (such as: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc.)

Have some of your favorite 80s candy out— sweet tarts, wax lips, candy buttons, bottle caps, Big League Chew, candy necklaces, Sprees, Pop Rocks, Fun Dip, etc. See more ideas in on the food suggestions.

 

Have a sunglasses table with all sorts of cheesy (inexpensive) 80s sunglasses. Make sure your guests take one home with them to remember the night by!

Find old cassette tapes and spray paint them.
Can use the tapes for just about anything

  • Centerpieces
  • Write people’s name on them and use them as placeholders
  • string them and hang them for decoration
  • Make a light here (pictured below)

 

Go all out 80s with your decor!

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With this theme, it is easy to pick out the perfect color scheme – NEON!

 

To pull the color scheme through to your whole space consider the following:

• When decorating a large area or to make an area look more intimate and festive, consider draping gossamer (or another inexpensive fabric) across the ceiling, walls, and edges of the tablecloth. Combine multiple, bright colors for a fabulous appearance.

• Balloons, balloons, balloons!

• A little spray paint can go a long, long way.  Spray paint novelty items, vases, old wine bottles, etc. to help bring out the color theme and add inexpensive decoration to your party.

• Have a tablecloth—whether plastic or fabric – the colors of your choice or go with an 80s black and white pattern (like above).

• Accentuate your tablecloth with the alternative color by using paint pens or fabric paint to paint on decorative accents.

• Neon streamers

• Neon balloons

• Neon tablecloths

• Neon plastic-ware

• Have balloons and put glow sticks inside to give them the neon-y feel

• Have a backdrop with neon paint splatters or spray paint on it

• The more NEON, the better!

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Give your guests an unforgettable souvenir by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character. 

A Few Suggestions:

• Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

• You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

• Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.

• An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter”. These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

• Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone into the frame.

• For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
o Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

• For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

BACKDROP IDEAS for your Reunion

• Find an 80s patterned fabric and hang it as a backdrop.

• Have a “Murder High Reunion” banner to pose under.

• For a group picture, construct a pyramid, like the cheerleaders did in high school.

• Create an outside archway to take pictures under, like a real High School event.

• Make a pyramid like the cheerleading squad.

• Create a backdrop with a simple white sheet and splatters of neon paint or spray paint.

• Use your 80s neon speech bubble photo props – included with mystery.

• Have additional props for posing in pictures (crowns, tiaras, 80s sunglasses, neon boas, leg warmers, etc.)

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• Dig out your big belts and bangles, and whip up these updated roller-rink snacks — corn dogs, BLTs, onion rings, nachos and spiked fruit cups.
Mini Corn Dogs  >> Tempura Onion Rings  >> BLT Stuffed Tomatoes  >> Sweet Heat Nachos  >> Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Brittle  >> Spiked Fruit Cups  >>

• Whatever you serve, serve it with an 80s flare. Use the 80s glossary to help name your foods with a retro twist. Totally Tubular Pasta, Bodacious BBQ, Gnarly Barley (beer), Bad to the Bones (chicken wings), Nixon’s Nachos, etc.

• An added (awesome) touch, type the names into the 80s food name plates (included with mystery) and display alongside your dishes!

• Drink Cups. Serve up your drinks in bright cups with your guests name on them (label designs included with mystery).

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Three perfect cake ideas for your party!

Or, make some totally 80s cupcakes!

Designs included in mystery!

 

OR, go with a totally 80s candy bar!

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Choose from any of our suggestions to add to the ambience of your totally 80’s party!

Here are a few of the different types of music poular in the eighties!

80’s Pop Rock- From the first lyrics of “Video Killed the Radio Star”, the advent of music videos on MTV in the 80’s radically changed the music industry forever. Early eighties groups such as DEVO and Haircut 100 were early adopters of the medium, but pop stars such as Madonna and Michael Jackson later transformed the format into a huge business.

80’s Heavy Metal– In the mid to late 80’s Heavy Metal became the popular music genre. Artists such as Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and Guns and Roses got extensive 1980’s radio airplay. “Hair Metal Bands”, as they are affectionately called, scored top charting hits with the “power ballad” song formula. Nothing represents the decadence of the 80s more than the heavy metal bands signed from the LA Strip during that time. The song lyrics mostly embodied the “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll” mentality of the 80’s.

House Roots In The 80’s– The Hip Hop scene has its roots in the 1980’s and becomes a powerful musical and dance influence. Hip hop artists like Grandmaster Flash Kurtis Blow and N.W.A. bring Hip Hop to the forefront.

80’s Hardcore Punk Movement– Out of opposition to the pop music of the 80’s evolved the Hardcore Punk movement. This angry, politically charged genre included more social awareness in its lyrics. The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and Reagan Youth are popular bands of the 80s Harcore Punk scene.

Make a Mix – Here are the Top Billboard Hits of 1984 you may want to include. You can find these hits on iTunes and download songs individually without having to purchase a whole album.

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

Make your own mix for your guests to groove to!

  1. Madonna – Borderline
  2. The J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame
  3. Culture Club – I’ll Tumble 4 Ya
  4. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  5. Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  6. Devo – Whip It
  7. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
  8. Starship – Sara
  9. The Cars – Drive
  10. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  11. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
  12. Go-Go’s – We Got the Beat
  13. Toto – Rosanna
  14. The Bangles – Manic Monday
  15. Hall & Oates – Maneater
  16. Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – Bad Boy
  17. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
  18. Prince – Little Red Corvette
  19. Whispers – Rock Steady
  20. The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang

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A few things you can do to go with the theme of the night and the guests coming!!!

Campaign for Nick Nixon!!!

Make posters and signs for your Murder High Presidential candidate (designs included in mystery materials). ***Materials changed to reflect year. Also, there is no real political message/party. 

 

Print out some Hall Passes for your Hall Monitor to pass out!!! 

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR PASSES!

 

 

Make a TOTALLY 80s Photo Spot!!!

Directions on making photo spot in tab below. Speech bubbles included with mystery purchase.

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Give your guests an unforgettable souvenir by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character. 

A Few Suggestions:

• Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

• You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

• Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.

• An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter”. These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

• Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone into the frame.

• For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
o Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

• For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

BACKDROP IDEAS for your Reunion

• Find an 80s patterned fabric and hang it as a backdrop.

• Have a “Murder High Reunion” banner to pose under.

• For a group picture, construct a pyramid, like the cheerleaders did in high school.

• Create an outside archway to take pictures under, like a real High School event.

• Make a pyramid like the cheerleading squad.

• Create a backdrop with a simple white sheet and splatters of neon paint or spray paint.

• Use your 80s neon speech bubble photo props – included with mystery.

• Have additional props for posing in pictures (crowns, tiaras, 80s sunglasses, neon boas, leg warmers, etc.)

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With this mystery theme, we have included a number of ideas and designs to help enhance your party with easy-to-make decorations and props.

Included is:

• Investigator Notebook Designs

• Cup Label Designs

• Nixon Campaigning materials– Button Design, Yard Sign Designs, Campaign Posters

• Photo Props

• Prom Queen and Prom King sash templates

• How to make a Crown

• 80s Movie Poster Designs

• Food Tent Designs

• Cupcake Topper Designs

And more…

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Upon submitting, we will email you back a coupon to use for $5 off your next party AND enter you in our “Party of the Month” contest, where you could win a FREE party! Once submitted, you will not have to resubmit, but will be entered EVERY MONTH until your party wins!

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Murder High Reunion 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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