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Trailer Park Tragedy

A night of ill-mannered, irresponsible and intoxicated trailer park patrons!

Costumes

This Is One Theme That Is Easy To Dress For – Choose Something From Your Wardrobe Or Hit Up Your Local Thrift Shop For Your Outfit!

Costume Ideas for a Trailer Park Murder Mystery Game

This Is One Theme That Is Easy To Dress For – Choose Something From Your Wardrobe Or Hit Up Your Local Thrift Shop For Your Outfit!

 

  • Overalls
  • Denim
  • Camouflage
  • Flannel shirts
  • Work boots
  • Cut-off jeans
  • Ripped jeans
  • Tight-fitting anything
  • Polyester/flamable material
  • Anything NASCAR
  • Sleeveless Undershirts
  • Flannel
  • Shirts showing a lot of cleavage – for men or women
  • Anything ripped, tattered, holed, too tight, showing off too much skin, denim and cut-offs
  • Bathrobes!!!

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Be Sure To Complete Your Costume With The Perfect Hairstyle!

  • Mullets
  • Ratted out hair
  • Roller/curler in hair
  • Teased up hair
  • Crimped hair
  • Touseled hair
  • Over-gelled or greased hair
  • Facial hair – mustaches, sideburns, beards, you name it!
  • Mall chick hairdos
  • Rollers
  • Facial hair

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Decoration Ideas

How to trash up your trailer park and other tidbits that can help with your decor for this trailer park murder mystery game!

Setting the Scene

Set the Scene

Set the scene with signs

     

Point your guests to the party with a colorful sign —
The more dilapidated, beat-up and misspelled, the better. Make your own.

a sign with pink flamingos banner text a sign on a chair

Adorn your entrance with a toilet bowl planter…

Use the signs included with the mystery packet

(pictured below + more included with mystery purchase)!

 

 

 

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Inside The Party Space

Trailer Park Classics

Consider using some Trailer Park Classics to decorate your party space – whether inside or out!
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– Think picnic tables, old tables, tires, kiddie pools, old mattresses, lawn chairs, clotheslines, license plates, you name it!

  

 

Don’t forget the Flamingos!

   
 

Solo Cups = Endless Possibilities

     

String them, make lights out of them, use them as planters — whatever you can think of!

    

Check out this link for endless possibilities of Red Solo Cup Decorations!

 

Air your dirty … I mean clean … Laundry

      

Don’t forget to include some “unmentionables!”


Beer can creativity

 

Planters, windchimes, pyramids, wreaths – you name it! Trailer Park Windchimes template and directions included with mystery (pictured below).


Make a Trailer!!!

        

Don’t have a trailer? Make One!

Check out these trailer park set-ups some of our customers created!!!

 

 

 

  

 

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Setting the Table

Setting the Table

 
Creating a table setting for a trailer park-themed murder mystery party can be both fun and kitschy. Here are some ideas to set the scene:

 

Tablecloth & Centerpieces:


Vinyl Tablecloth: Choose a checkered or gingham-patterned vinyl tablecloth for a classic trailer park look.

 

Centerpieces: Place kitschy decorations as centerpieces, like miniature flamingos, fake lawn gnomes, or a cluster of colorful plastic flowers in a vase.

 

Tableware:

Mismatched Dishes: Use a mix of different plates, bowls, and cups to capture the eclectic vibe. Think bright colors, floral patterns, or retro designs.

Mason Jar Glasses: Serve drinks in mason jars for a rustic touch.

 

Plastic Cutlery or Vintage Silverware: Depending on the atmosphere you want to create, opt for either colorful plastic cutlery for a casual feel or vintage silverware for a slightly upscale trailer park setting.

 

Napkins & Table Decor:


Bandana Napkins: Fold cloth or paper napkins in a bandana-style fold for a country touch.

 

Kitschy Decor Accents: Scatter fake plastic bugs or mini toy cars around the table for added quirkiness.

 

Place Cards:


 

Trailer Park Trailer Cutouts: Create small trailer-shaped place cards or use miniature toy trailers with guest names attached to indicate seating arrangements.

 

Food Presentation:


  • Potluck Style: Set up a buffet-style table with classic trailer park dishes like macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, BBQ, cornbread, and canned drinks.
  • Paper Plates and Checkered Paper Liners: Serve food on paper plates with checkered paper liners for an authentic outdoor picnic feel.

Additional Decor Ideas:

  • Faux Grass Placemats or Table Runners: Lay down faux grass mats or a runner to bring the outdoors inside.
  • String Lights or Tea Light Candles: Place these around the table for a cozy, ambient glow.

Personal Touches:

     

  • Photo Booth Props: Place props like oversized sunglasses, cowboy hats, or feather boas at each seat for fun photo opportunities.
  • Customized Menus or Signs: Create humorous menus or signs with themed names for the dishes.

  

 

Remember, the key is to embrace the kitschy and casual atmosphere of a trailer park while adding your creative touches to make the table setting unique and fun for your murder mystery party guests

 

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Lighting

Lighting

 

For a trailer park-themed murder mystery party, lighting can set the mood and enhance the atmosphere. Here are some ideas:

 

String Lights:

   

  • Patio String Lights: Hang these around the party area to create a cozy, outdoor ambiance. Opt for colorful, mismatched lights to capture the eclectic trailer park vibe.
  • Fairy Lights in Bushes and Trees: String them around bushes or trees to add a whimsical touch.

Lamps & Lanterns:


  • Tiki Torches: Place these strategically around the party area for a rustic, campfire-like glow.
  • Oil Lanterns or Vintage Lamps: Scatter these on tables or around the space to evoke a nostalgic, old-fashioned feel.

Neon Signs & Kitschy Lighting:

  • Custom Neon Signs: Have neon signs with humorous or themed messages like “Trailer Park Paradise” or “Welcome to Sunny Meadows Trailer Park.”
  • Novelty Lighting: Use quirky and kitschy lights like flamingo-shaped lamps, beer bottle string lights, or vintage signs to add character.

Campfire Effect:


  • Fire Pit or Faux Fire Setup: If it’s safe and appropriate, a small fire pit can create a cozy gathering spot. Otherwise, consider LED fire pits or flameless candles to mimic the effect.

Colorful Spotlights:

  • Colored Floodlights: Use colored floodlights strategically to create a playful and vibrant atmosphere. Think blues, pinks, or purples to add a quirky touch.

Projection:


  • Outdoor Movie Setup: Project old movies or trailers onto a screen or a wall to add entertainment and ambiance.

Dim Lighting and Shadows:


  • Candlelit Tables: Use candles on tables to create an intimate and mysterious atmosphere.
  • Shadows and Silhouettes: Experiment with strategically placed lights and shadows to create intrigue and mystery.

General Tips:

  • Adjustable Lighting: Have dimmer switches or adjustable lights to control the mood as the party progresses.
  • Mix and Match: Combine various lighting types for an eclectic, trailer park aesthetic.
 

Remember to prioritize safety when setting up lights outdoors, especially if using open flames or electrical setups. Creating a mix of cozy, quirky, and mysterious lighting will help set the perfect atmosphere for your trailer park-themed murder mystery party!

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Color Scheme

Color Scheme

For a trailer park-themed murder mystery party, the color scheme should capture the vibrant, eclectic, and slightly kitschy atmosphere. Here are some color schemes that can work well:

Retro Trailer Park Palette:


  • Bright and Mismatched: Mix bold and contrasting colors like turquoise, mustard yellow, bright red, and lime green.
  • Checkered Patterns: Incorporate black and white checkered patterns reminiscent of picnic tablecloths.

Vintage Americana:

   

  • Red, White & Blue: Utilize classic Americana colors—deep reds, navy blues, and whites—for a patriotic yet retro feel.
  • Rustic Brown Accents: Add in rustic brown shades to evoke the weathered wood often found in trailers.

Kitschy & Fun:

  • Rainbow Spectrum: Embrace a rainbow palette with a mix of vibrant colors—pink, orange, purple, electric blue, and neon green.
  • Pastel Pop: Incorporate pastel shades of pink, mint green, baby blue, and pale yellow for a softer, whimsical touch.

Natural Outdoorsy Vibe:


  • Earthy Tones: Use natural, earthy colors like grass green, sandy beige, warm browns, and hints of forest green for a laid-back outdoor feel.
  • Accent with Blues and Whites: Add accents of sky blue and crisp white to complement the outdoor ambiance.

Eclectic Mix:


  • Colorful Chaos: Go all out with a mishmash of colors—neon signs, bright primary colors, and clashing hues to reflect the lively chaos of a trailer park.
  • Metallic Accents: Incorporate metallic elements like gold or silver as accents for added flair.

Tips for Implementation:

 

 

  • Balanced Use: Balance bold colors with neutral tones or use one dominant color with pops of vibrant accents.
  • Consistent Theme: Ensure the colors complement your decorations, costumes, and overall theme.
  • Lighting Effects: Consider how lighting can enhance or alter the perception of colors in your setting.

Whichever palette you choose, aim for a fun, quirky, and lively atmosphere that embodies the spirit of a trailer park for your murder mystery party!

 

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Create a Photo Spot

Create a Photo Spot! 

   

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 in to 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.
     
  • Included in the mystery packet is a sign to use for mug shots! (Pictured below.)
  • 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 Trailer Park photo spot

  • Create a mug shot background and take pictures of all of your “Trailer Park Suspects.” Customizable line-up board included with mystery.
  • Use scene setters to make a simple background.
  • Make a trailer for all of your guests to crawl in and/or pose around!
  • Have a additional props for your guests to pose with.
  • Paint your own back drop to pose in front of!

 

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Utilizing the Extras

Utilizing the Extras

 

 

Whatever you decide on;
BE SURE TO UTILIZE ALL OF THE EXTRAS THAT COME WITH THE MYSTERY — 


These are one-of-a-kind designs, ideas, templates and more that Night of Mystery has developed to help you throw your own unique and authentic mystery party.


With ordering this mystery, you will find: 

  • Signs
  • How to make a directional sign and designs
  • BUMPER STICKERS
  • Trailer park Wind Chimes
  • Pin the Tail on the possum game
  • Suspect board
  • Customizable menu
  • How to make Red solo cup awards and ribbons

AND MORE!!!


Setting the Scene

Food & Music

There is no shortage of scrumptious food to be served at the trailer park! See here for ideas galore!!!

Trailer Park Recipes

Trailer Park Recipes

When it comes to the Trailer Park BBQ, if you want to provide some food, here are some good options for Trailer Park Food (click on the names for links to the recipes).

 

Host a cook’off!

Have your guests bring a dish to share that they think embodies the theme. Encourage them to look for recipes made with Velveeta, Cream of Anything Soup, Jello or Lipton Onion Soup.

  • Make it into a fun contest on the side, to see who can come up with the best Trailer Park concoction.
  • If your guests are having trouble thinking of dishes, refer them to the list above!

Don’t forget Deeeezert

“Cakes” made from Ding Dongs, Twinkies, etc., Kitty Litter Cake and Fried Twinkies are just a few ideas for a trailer park murder mystery game…

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Setting the Table

Setting Your Table

  • Create planters/vases out old beer bottles or cans. Add water and some daisies.
    • If you can, pick dandelions the morning of for even more added affect.
  • Use garbage bags for table clothes
  • Have a bottle 6-pack out on the counter for silverware, napkins, condiments, etc.
  • Have mismatched napkins left from other events – Birthday, Easter and Christmas parties handy on every table.
  • Don’t forget the menu — a designed menu you can edit with your own dishes included with the mystery.

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Serving Up Drinks

Drinks

It’s time to booze it up! And, believe me, there are plenty of options.

  • Boones Fine Wine
  • Your favorite 40s
  • Mad Dog 20/20
  • Lite Beer (cans, of course)
  • Killer trash can punch (see recipe here)
    • Serve in trash can for an authentic touch.
  • Jell-o shots
    • Consider lovely shades of lime green, electric raspberry, glow in the dark blue and school bus yellow.
 

  

HOW TO SERVE IT UP!

  • For bottled or canned beverages, fill a kid-sized pool with ice and chill
    • Or make a fountain out of two or three pools!
  • Do you go mason jars? Or red solo cups? Or perhaps Redneck Wine Glasses (pictured below).
 

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Music

Music

Check out our playlist selections for this mystery!

Click on the image to get our Spotify Playlist for this party!

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Tips

All of the information regarding how to run your Trailer Park Tragedy party can be found online at Night of Mystery. We highly suggest that you take time to look over our website and download the Trailer Park Tragedy preview file. Upon reading the introduction file for this trailer park murder mystery game, it will give you a better understanding about how the parties are run and what to expect once you purchase a full mystery file.

If you still have question, the Frequently Asked Questions page at Night of Mystery is a great resource or you can contact us.

Since our games are custom written for the size of the party (ie, we don’t just create a mystery with 8 characters and then keep adding more characters to it), each mystery size is unique unto itself. That being said, going from 10-15 version to 15-20 version, will not only add in more characters, but it will change the storylines of the existing characters, and vice-versa in going from a larger version to a smaller one.

Because of this, WE STRONGLY SUGGEST you get a guest count before formally ordering. You can do so by downloading an invitation, inviting your guests and then purchasing your mystery once you have a more accurate number of people attending. Unfortunately, if you find yourself purchasing the wrong sized party, you will have to purchase another version of the mystery for the size you want unless you are moving from the 15-20 version to the 20+ version.

You can download an invitation here before ordering.

Check out some of these movies or t.v. specials set in or about trailer parks: Trailer Park Boys (the movie), Trailer Park Boys (the tv series), The Wrestler, 8 Mile.

ALSO, be sure to check out our PINTEREST Board that is filled with ideas for recipes, costumes, decorations, etc. that are all trailer park themed!!!
For even more party planning ideas, check out our Trailer Park Trash Pinterest Board here.

Once you order, in your mystery packet you will receive directions and/or printables to make unique and original decorations specific to your party!
Included will be:

– SIGNS INCLUDING: W.T. Trailer Park, Lot Sign, Ding Dong! Sign for Door, Lost Dog, Found Cat, Missing Husband, And more…
– DIRECTIONAL SIGN
– BUMPER STICKERS
– SUSPECT MUGSHOT BOARD
– PIN THE TAIL ON THE POSSUM GAME
– TEMPLATE FOR TRAILER PARK WINDCHIMES AND DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THEM
– HOW TO MAKE RED SOLO CUP AWARDS AND RIBBONS
AND MORE!!!

 

Each month we highlight one of our customers who has posted on our blog and award them a FREE party!

To get your $5 coupon AND be entered in the Party Of the Month contest for a chance to win a FREE party, please email [email protected]

Don’t forget to add all the important details and party highlights that made your party one to remember! We love to hear about all of the hard work you, as host, put into your party. From the decor, to the food, costumes, whatever. As well as how you and your guests acted (and reacted!) throughout the night! Everything that made your party one your guests will never forget — tell us about it! And be sure to attach some pictures!!!

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! One submitted, you will not have to resubmit, but will be entered EVERY MONTH until your party wins!

Check out some of our past winners here! Night of Mystery POM Blogs

Thanks again for hosting with Night of Mystery and we can’t wait to hear all about your party!!!

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