Clue Party Game

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“I have absolutely no idea what we’re doing here.  Or what I’m doing here, or what this place is about, but I am determined to enjoy myself.”  – Mrs. Peacock


If you are looking for a fun family game this is it!  The movie Clue is currently on Netflix.  When I watched it I was reminded of a murderer game I used to play with my siblings on Sundays.  We would pick a murderer.  Then, we would hide in the different rooms for a designated amount of time while the murderer killed someone.  When time was up we would gather together and try to figure out who the murder was.

I decided to take this fun (and oh so Sunday appropriate) activity to the next level with a Clue Dinner Dress-Up party for the whole family.

*The best thing about this activity is that you can make it as fancy or informal as you’d like.  We went all out and dressed up, but you could play the game without any costumes or fancy dinner.

I invited my entire family to dinner.  They were each assigned a character and asked to dress up like that character.


Here we are looking smashing (if I do say so myself).

Real-Life Clue Game

Materials Needed

  • Pieces of paper with O’s and one X–enough papers for everyone.  (e.g. If I had invited 6 people to dinner I would have 5 pieces of paper with O’s on them and one paper with an X on it.)
  • A hat or bowl
  • A piece of paper with a picture of each weapon–lead pipe, rope, candlestick, revolver, knife, wrench.  (You could just write the name of each weapon on each piece of paper instead of putting a picture.)
  • A small piece of ribbon
  • Food (if you are hosting a dinner party)

How to Play

  • Determine who everyone is.  If you haven’t assigned characters in advance, decide who will play what character.

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Here are Mr. Green with Mrs. White and Mrs. Peacock with Colonel Mustard.

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Miss Scarlet and Mr. Plum looking dashing.  Finally, we have Wadsworth the Butler and Yvette the Maid.

  • Gather to the dinner table and begin to eat.  The 6 weapons will be distributed at certain place settings at the table.  
  • Put the piece of ribbon with the piece of paper marked with an X.
  • Fold all of the O’s and the X papers in half and place into a hat/bowl.
  • Distribute the papers to each person.  The person with the X and the piece of ribbon is the murderer.

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  • Eat and get to know each other.  (This is a great time to get into character if you want to.  Give yourself and accent, a nervous tick, anything to make you unique.)  


  • After dinner, gather all guests into one room.  (Make sure to look at everyone suspiciously as demonstrated above.)
  • Set a timer to go off every minute.  At each minute mark weapons must be swapped around the room.  Try to keep track of who has which weapon.  The murderer will try to slip the piece of ribbon to a victim when weapons are exchanged.
  • After 5-10 min. gather together again and be seated.
  • The victim will announce that they have died.  The victim is not allowed to say anything else or give any clues that will give away the murderer.
  • Everyone else will discuss who had what weapon, when they had each weapon, and who they think the murderer is.
  • You can either guess who the murderer is as a group or do it individually.  If the murderer is not picked, they win the game; if the murderer is picked by someone, all of the other guests win.


I let my girls sit with Mr. Green, not knowing that he was the murderer or that he was going to kill me!  He got away with it too.

After the game we watched Clue together.

This game is fun for all ages.  I would suggest that you have at least 6 people playing or it will be too easy to figure out who is the murderer.

Here’s a quick scene from the movie Clue for your enjoyment.  Cheers!


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  1. Andrea

    October 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm


    I LOVE this game idea for our Halloween party this year. I plan on making this a “Surprise murder mystery party” but I want to make sure I dont miss anything while I am modifying the game a bit to fit our theme. Can we leave all the weapons in envelopes during the whole game? wont the victim know who the murder is because they will see who gave the victim the murder weapon card?
    I hope you can help me figure this out! Im desperate! Thank you!

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