Top 10 Decoration Ideas for your Murder Mystery Party

Top 10 Decoration Ideas for your Murder Mystery Party: A murder mystery party can take a lot of planning. You want to make sure that you create a mysterious atmosphere. One of the best ways I’ve found to create the right atmosphere is with decorations. This can turn a simple party into an immersive experience. Here are my top 10 decoration ideas for your murder mystery party that will create the right mood.

1. Custom Posters

One of the best things to add to your house are customizable design posters that fit the theme of your murder mystery. They could be wanted posters, vintage movie posters if you’re going for a classic Hollywood vibe, or even fake newspaper headlines about the murder or event. You can hang them around your house to create the perfect atmosphere. Here are some of my favorite. These free templates are all fully editable in Canva, so you can make them your own.

Custom Posters

Murder Mystery Posters

2. Themed Tableware

You can also use tableware that matches your party’s theme. For example, if you’re doing a 1920s murder mystery, you can use similarly themed tableware. If you’re doing a manor house murder mystery, there are a variety of mystery and blood-themed tableware can add to the crime-solving atmosphere. If you’re serving finger foods or a buffet meal, then disposable themed tableware will fit perfectly too.

Murder Mystery Plates

Murder Mystery Tableware

3. Electric Candles

Lighting is crucial in creating the right atmosphere. Use electric candles to create shadows and an air of mystery. Electric light bulbs can add an eerie effect while avoiding fires and ensuring safety for your guests.

You can set a spooky mood without risking your curtains catching alight with handy electric candles that can be adjusted using a remote control.

Electric Candles

Murder Mystery Electric Candles

4. Crime Scene Decor Kit

A crime scene decor kit can instantly transform your space into a murder scene. Look for kits that include a body silhouette, caution tape, and evidence markers to scatter around your party area. These will create a thrilling scene and make your guests feel like they’re on a real case.

Instead of puchasing each item separately – the kits below usually have everything you might need for horror-themed parties.

Crime Scene Decor

Murder Mystery Decor Kit

5. Crime Scene Cupcake Toppers

Even your dessert can be part of the mystery with crime scene cake toppers. Use little chalk body outlines, knives, or detective badges to decorate your cake or cupcakes. It’s a deliciously devious way to tie in the theme.

These cupcake toppers are usually made of high quality paper, so they’re safe to add to your favorite desserts.

Crime Scene Cake Toppers

Cupcake Toppers

6. Custom Wine Labels

Turn your wine bottles into clues or potions with custom labels. You can name the wines after suspects or elements of the mystery. It’s a detail that wine-loving guests will appreciate and adds an extra layer to the storytelling.

There are a variety of lables to choose from. They are easily editable in Canva, so you can make them your own.

Custom Wine Labels

murder mystery wine labels

7. Mugshot Signs

I like to create a lineup wall where guests can take their own mugshot upon arrival. You could also provide them with signs where they can write their name or a funny crime they’re accused of committing. It’s a playful nod to the crime theme and a great icebreaker for guests.

These mugshot signs are always a hit at parties.

Mugshot Signs

Murder Mystery Mugshot Signs

8. Evidence Bags

Nothing says “crime scene” like evidence bags. These can be used in various ways to enhance your party’s atmosphere. You can fill evidence bags with clues and then scatter them around the party area.

You can also use them as gift bags. Simply fill them with goodies and mementos, and hand them out to guests at the end of the evening.

Evidence Bags

Murder Mystery Evidence Bags

9. UV Ink Marker Pen with Ultraviolet LED Keychain

Add an interactive element to your murder mystery party with UV ink marker pens. You can then write secret messages or clues on paper or on the walls that can only be seen under a UV light. Give your guests a small ultraviolet LED keychain and let them discover these hidden messages throughout the night. This modern twist on clue hunting will definitely keep your guests engaged in the mystery.

UV Ink Marker Pen

UV Ink Marker Pen

10. Bloody Banners

I like hanging bloody banners in my main party room. You can also get some emblazoned with a chilling message like “Crime Scene” or “Do Not Cross”. This will immediately show guests that you mean business.

It’s a super effective way to create a dramatic impact right from the start.

Bloody Banners

Bloody Banner

Top 10 Decoration Ideas for your Murder Mystery Party

With our top 10 decoration ideas for your murder mystery party on-hand, you’re much closer to hosting the perfect evening. Decorations can easily create the right atmosphere for your party. So let your imagination run wild and start picturing what decorations will best suit your theme.