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Murder at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

The citizens of New Orleans are thrilled that the owners of the old Madison Avenue Mansion are hosting the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball again this year.  However, everybody knows that something always goes wrong when events are held at the mansion.  The estate is an infamous manor, built in the mid-1800s and rumored to be haunted by malevolent ghosts.  Wedding ceremonies held there end in divorce, visiting travelers go missing, and even one time during a gala event, an uninvited ninja trying to rob the guests choked to death after stealing a bite of king cake!
Nonetheless, outside of a few mishaps, the Mardi Gras galas are the talk of the town. You’re a thrill seeker and wish to attend the event.  You had insider information that space was limited, so you were first in line to get your tickets.  You’ve picked out the perfect mask. This is where your story begins. 

Add some mardi gras flair to your costume:

Guest List



Biology Professor

The charismatic Alex Newton is the ultimate absent-minded professor.  Inquire about science, and Alex’s intellect blows you away.  Ask about anything else, and you’ll hear nothing besides average chatter.

Suggested threads and props:  Anything under a lab coat.  A Mardi Gras mask is an optional prop. 




If you looked up narcissism in the dictionary, Sam Chawpalot’s handsome mug would be plastered by the description.  Sam is the friendly, self-loving neighborhood butcher with a slight exaggeration problem.

Suggested threads and props: An apron and butcher’s hat. A plastic butcher knife is an optional prop. For additional festivity, add a Mardi Gras mask. 




Dallas Ewing is on an expedition, searching for new business opportunities. Everyone is growing tired of the media exposing this tycoon's troubles—especially the good people of New Orleans! Egotistical and spoiled are two words that sum up this mogul.

Suggested threads and props: Glamorous evening attire, money, gold, and jewels spewing out of every pocket, etc. A glamorous Mardi Gras mask is an optional prop.




Max Crimson is the most captivating celebrity you will ever see on TV! This star is ideal on camera—someone you’d love to have as a friend. Max is a lazy couch potato with outrageous, ill-mannered behavior off the lens. If you are looking for a new best friend, avoid Max at all costs!

 Suggested threads and props:  Trendy evening attire with a non-toxic marker for autographs as an optional prop.  An elaborate Mardi Gras mask as an optional prop.



Pastry Chef

Oh, the delicacies that this boisterous baker can create!  Andi Flour is the finest pastry chef in all of New Orleans!  When Andi bakes, the sweet aroma travels to the edges of town, and the townspeople flock to the Flour Bakery to get a bite of Andi’s creations.

 Suggested threads and props: A chef’s hat and jacket. A rolling pin is an optional prop, as is a Mardi Gras mask.



Mayor of New Orleans

There are two sides to Mayor Pauly Tishon, and you should meet only one of them! If you have something to offer Pauly, the mayor will be super accommodating and kind. However, double-crossing this politician is not advised.

  Suggested threads and props:  Business suit.  Any political propaganda (i.e., vote buttons) as optional accessories and any Mardi Gras prop - mask, cape, etc. 




Don’t bother buying a hairstyle magazine if you plan to sit in Bobbi Pen’s styling chair. Bobbi knows only one cut and style—a Mohawk! Unless you are into an alternative lifestyle, don’t make an appointment with this gossiping stylist.

 Suggested threads and props:  Trendy, hipster outfit.   Optional to wear a Mohawk wig.  A trendy Mardi Gras mask as an optional prop.  



Criminal Defense Attorney

‘Liar, liar, pants on fire’ was undoubtedly made up about Lou Lyalot.  If freedom is your desire, you want this obnoxious criminal defense attorney on your side of the courtroom, even if you are guilty of murder!  Lou makes ambulance chasers look like Peace Corps volunteers!

 Suggested threads and props: An obnoxious/flashy business suit. Fake business cards are optional props. A Mardi Gras mask is also optional.



High School Principal

Is it Principal Thibodaux or Principal Loony?  Well, the latter is what the kids not-so-lovingly nicknamed this administrator at Boudreaux High School.  Teens beware: the rumor is that not everyone sent to the principal’s office makes it back to class. Some teens are never seen or heard from again!

 Suggested threads and props:  Conservative business suit/teacher or nerd costume.  A Mardi Gras mask is an optional prop.

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