Host Information

While this site has everything to help you plan your Murder Among the Mateys party, you will need to get the materials from our parent company, Night of Mystery. On that site, you will find all of the info you need on running a murder mystery party. This site is designed specifically to help you with party extras (such as decorations & costumes) and ways to enhance your Murder Among The Mateys party.

Before ordering, we suggest you get an accurate guest count. You can do this by downloading an invitation to the party and asking for an rsvp. Once you have the guest count, you will be able to purchase the mystery for the correct amount of guests you are expecting.

All of the information regarding how to run your Murder Among the Mateys party can be found online at Night of Mystery. We highly suggest that you take time to look over this website and download the Murder Among The Mateys preview file. Upon reading the preview file, 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.

Check out this well-thought out blog on "How to Host a Mystery Party". Although she threw Murder at The Deadwood Saloon, she has some good tips about throwing a murder mystery party. Additionally, you can always look online at our murder mystery forum to see what other hosts and hostesses have done for their parties and learn from their experience.

Check out some of these movies to get you in the mood and fuel your pirate fire: Treasure Island, Pirates of Penzance, Pirates of the Carribbean (any of them), Blackbeard The Pirate, Goonies, or check out this complete movie list.

While there are highly designed invites included with your packet, one way to go above an beyond to carry out the pirate theme is to send your invitation in a bottle. Some hosts have done this by purchasing bottles from their local brewing store and adding their guests name, while others have purchased a kit online to help them with this (more on this here).

Creating invites on your own

Ordering bottles you can send through the mail


  • Print all of your materials out on parchment, craft paper, or newsprint for an "old" effect.
  • Stain materials with coffee or tea to make them appear aged.
  • Burn the edges of the materials.
  • Use a wax seal when sealing things like invitations, objective envelopes, the solution, etc.
  • Print out a copy of the "Pirate Code" and have your guests sign it as they enter (included with packet)

If you are having over 20 guests, you will be utilizing our extra materials and characters. Since these characters have general names, that you can then change, you will want to give your guests very piraty names. To do this, use this pirate name generator.


Provide an assortment of accessories to help your guests "get into character" including: eye patches, pirate hats, gold coins, pirate earrings, sashes, tooth blackout, bandanas, etc. You can find a number of these items on our Costumes Page.

Each month we highlight one of our customers who has posted on our murder mystery forum board and award them a FREE party!

In order to post pictures, comments and/or enter the "Party of the Month" contest, you will need to create an account and make a post on our murder mystery message board. To start, you can go to the murder mystery message board and register. Unfortunately, the username and password that you use for our site is not automatically transferred to the message board.

Once you have registered and created a posting, please email us the pictures to be added to your comments/posting.

For posting, you will also receive a $5 coupon and you will automatically be entered in our monthly "Party of the Month" contest. Each month we award a FREE party to one customer who has shared their comments and/or pictures with us. Don't worry, if you are not a winner that particular month, you will be entered each month until you win.


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:
  • HOW TO MAKE PIRATE SAILS, TREASURE CHESTS AND TREASURE MAPS. (Directions and pictures to guide you.)
  • DIRECTIONAL SIGNS (1 design)
  • SALTY SEA DOG INN SIGN (1 design)
  • GROWLER LABELS (4 designs)
  • PIRATE BANNER (1 design)
  • DESIGNED MENU (1 design you can personalize with your menu items)
  • SIGNS (7 designs, 2 copies of each)
  • TREASURE MAP (1 design)

    Just some of the things included in the extra materials!


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