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Skull Manor Murder Mystery

It is time again for the annual Skull Manor Costume Ball! Skull Manor is an old estate in the heart of Spider City known for its captivating architecture, mysterious ambiance, and unspeakable history. The townspeople have been scurrying about the streets to get ready for the big night of great food, inspiring conversations, and, of course, outrageous gossip. This has been a daunting year of dissension and discord among many of the residents of Spider City. Rumors of blackmail, thievery, and scandalous controversies have been circulating throughout the town’s grapevines. We all hope everybody can put aside their differences for a night of fun. If not, there may be misfortune on the horizon. This is where your story begins.

Guest List

 

THE CRAZY HATTER

Hat Designer

The Crazy Hatter is a world-renowned hat designer known for eccentric fashion pieces and for being the source of spilled secrets in Spider City. This unconventional hat maker has mastered the art of eavesdropping, so if you have skeletons in your cupboard, it is best not to breathe a word of them.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): A Mad Hatter costume, a large hat, and a velvet suit. A red wig and crazy makeup with a cane are optional accessories.

 

LANE CROFT

Archeologist-Adventurer

Lane Croft is one of the most interesting people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. Lane travels the world in search of ancient artifacts and hidden treasures. With enraged foes around the globe, Lane is forced to live in a secret location in Spider City.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Adventurer attire with a large toy gun or bow & arrow.

 

SAM STABLES

Horse Groomer

Sam Stables is the obnoxious horse groomer at Spider City Downs, the home of the Pumpkin Cup Thoroughbred Horse Races. This caretaker is currently under investigation for scandals at the track, and the Spider City rumor mill reports Sam may not have a job for long!

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Ranch hand/western costume.

 

KAI EVERGREEN

Archery Instructor

Kai Evergreen is a boisterous archery instructor from Mississippi. Kai speaks with a charming Southern accent and follows Southern hospitality rules. However, Kai has a hidden dark side, so avoid enraging Kai at all costs.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): An archer costume, with a toy bow and arrow as a prop.

 

KATY STARRY

Pop Star

Katy’s super-stardom has afforded her never-ending cash flow and high-level connections, but she cannot stay out of the trash tabloids to save her life! Katy is uber-famous for her talent, but her recent troubles have darkened her reputation.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Very trendy pop star attire.

 

ELLA FROST

Amusement Park Character

Ella Frost is employed as a character actress at Dark Shadow Amusement Park. She plays the role of a fairy tale ice princess named Emma—and hopes to one day use her acting skills to make it to the Hollywood big screen.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Ice princess costume.

 

HARLEQUIN

Vigilante - Villain

Harlequin is an enigma to most people of Spider City. On one hand, she has been seen fighting crime on the streets at night. Others report that she is the criminal mastermind of the underground. Nonetheless, she doesn’t have a day job but can afford expensive things.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Harley Quinn costume, theatrical makeup, and a crazy wig of any kind.

 

BETTY ARCHER

Cupcake Chef

Betty Archer is a talented cupcake chef. She made her television debut on Cooking Network’s Cupcake Battles, where she placed a disappointing second. However, Betty doesn’t take the blame for her loss.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Quirky 1950s attire or a cupcake costume or a chef's uniform.

 

MITZI MINX

National Football League Cheerleader

Mitzi Minx is genuinely fun to be around because she was born for comedy. During the off-season, she’s a knee-slapping amateur comedian. She's ready to put her pompoms away and become a professional standup, but she hasn’t mustered the courage.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Cheerleader costume. Optional: bring some jokes with you to perform for others – why not?

 

DARK VADON

Movie Memorabilia Collector

Dark Vadon makes a living as a movie memorabilia collector and auctioneer. Dark is known for wearing head-to-toe movie costumes, and some find this behavior to be quite strange. Dark is very blunt and to the point, but most people find this off-putting.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Darth Vader costume or any other movie costume.

 

DARBY YONTZ

Viking Tough Runs, Founder / Coordinator

Darby founded the Viking Tough Runs—a 5-mile obstacle course that challenges racers with mud, barbed wire, heights, and small spaces. Darby’s races are definitely not for the weak of heart.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): a Viking costume.

 

VICTORIA GLAMINTON

Lounge Singer

Victoria Glaminton is the insufferable lounge singer at the Witching Hour Lounge. Lacking manners and decorum, offensive words flow from her mouth like a full-blast fire hose. Victoria isn’t known for being friendly, so tread with caution around this diva.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Glamorous evening gown.

 

VIKING TOUGH RUN STAFF 

The hardworking staff of the Viking Tough Runs, 5-mile obstacle courses that challenge racers with mud, barbed wire, heights, and small spaces, are highly dedicated to their jobs and are a tight-knit group. Darby’s races are definitely not for the weak of heart.

Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): a Viking costume.


DR. DRUID

Mad Scientist

Dr. Druid was terminated from Telomere Tech University for performing illegal research on human subjects. The professor swiftly relocated to Spider City and rumor has it that s/he is working out of a garage laboratory.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Mad scientist costume.

 

CAP’N CLAUSE  

Crab Boat Captain

Cap’n Clause served as a deckhand on a family-owned boat as a salmon gillnetter as a teen. Now, the captain's one of the top crabbers in the Alaskan waters. Cap’n Clause is relentless and pushes the crew of The Crab Rave to work an exhausting amount of hours in extreme conditions.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Pirate captain costume.

 

MAX MILLION  

Travelopagus  Spokesperson

Max Million is the spunky spokesperson for Travelopagus—the world’s largest online travel agency. Max Million is paid to travel and take fun pictures while vacationing in exotic locations. Some say Max Million has the sweetest gig on the planet, while others ridicule Max for having to wear a gnome costume everywhere.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Gnome costume.

 

CLAMMY THE CLOWN

Clown for Hire

Clammy the Clown’s reputation as a performer has plummeted to oblivion with the residents of Spider City. Clammy is a party clown for hire who has been around for years, but recently, Clammy’s behavior has turned dark. Something’s not quite right in his/her head.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): A clown costume—make it as spooky as you wish.

 

ORLANDO DEPP

Academy Award-Winning Actor

Orlando Depp is the snooty Academy Award-winning actor with childhood roots in Spider City. He loves to return to his hometown to escape the paparazzi—for some reason, the media doesn’t cross the town lines. Nonetheless, Orlando is demanding and acts as if everybody’s beneath him.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish):  Formal party attire. Bring a Sharpie marker in case people want autographs.

 

DR. BUFORD ROID

Proctologist

Dr. Buford Roid is the nerdy proctologist who takes his job very seriously. If you’re not into discussing the health of your backside, you may want to avoid this not-so-charming chap! The doc has good intentions, nonetheless.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): A lab coat and stethoscope as a prop. It is optional to bring a pair of examination gloves.

 

JACK JUMPMAN

Pumpkin Patch Owner

Jack Jumpman is the creepy owner of the Spider City Pumpkin Patch.  Jack Jumpman has a habit of frightening the patch customers by jumping out at them. Unfortunately, there’s nowhere else to buy a Halloween pumpkin, so Jack Jumpman’s business is safe for now.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Pumpkin Head costume.

 

MERLIN WISER  

Owner, Merlin’s Beard Magic Shop

Magic, anyone? Merlin’s Beard Magic Shop is the one-stop shop for all of your magical needs - that is, if you have any.  Merlin Wiser is a super-friendly community leader who performs a weekly magic show at the Witching Hour Lounge—he’s a hit with the kids!

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Wizard costume.

 

PEE

Teen Rebel

With both parents as loving physicians, Pee is the rebellious teen who combs the streets of Spider City every night looking for trouble. A teenage dropout, this nonconformist often ends up on the wrong side of the law. It’s only a matter of time before she lands behind bars.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Rebellious Gothic teenage attire such as torn tights, crazy wig,  thick makeup.

 

CAPTAIN RON FELDMAN  

Pilot, Plumet Airlines

Plumet Airlines is known for taking in ‘unemployable’ pilots, and they do this so they can offer cheap tickets! Captain Ron Feldman is the not-so-serious pilot that loves to play jokes with his passengers during flights over the overhead system.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Pilot costume .

 

SCOTTY KAY

Salesman, Jenk Alarms

Scotty Kay is the top salesman for Jenk Alarms, the number-one residential alarm company in Spider City. He is so smooth that he could sell an open can of red paint to a lady in white gloves.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): Business casual attire.

 

MO PLINKER  

Contortionist

Mo Plinker is the lead performer for Circus de Olay, an Australian-based theatrical company that presents awe-inspiring circus arts and street entertainment shows. Mo Plinker is a contortionist who can bend his/her body in ways never seen by humankind. 

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): A circus performer costume,  such as a sparkly unitard (for women) with theatrical face paint.

 

CONTORTIONIST

Circus de Olay

The Circus de Olay show is a traveling act by an Australian-based theatrical company that includes awe-inspiring circus arts and street entertainment.  The program includes many talented contortionists who treat each other as family.

 Suggested attire (but feel free to wear whatever you wish): A circus performer costume, such as a sparkly unitard (for women) with theatrical face paint.

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