Celebrity Celebrations

A Halloween mystery full of 1960s slang & other fun! Also a great celebrity game!

Celebrity Celebrations murder

It’s 1961 and the world’s richest man – Jerry Oilman – has invited anybody who is anybody to his birthday party. Marilyn Monroe is here looking for the perfect man. Something sinister and frightening is about to take place.

Reading level: 6

Perfect for Halloween, New Year’s or anytime!

Note: This mystery is perfect for Halloween, New Years Eve parties and other large parties. It is very flexible and caters for 8 to 100 guests. The larger versions are interactive – where you obtain information by talking to other guests rather than reading out clues to the whole group. You can break the party up and make it a musical soiree by having the celebrities mime or sing one of their hit songs each.

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    Overview

    It’s 1961. The world’s richest man – Jerry Oilman – has invited anybody who is anybody to his birthday party – the biggest party of all time. Jerry Oilman is an extremely wealthy man. He also has the misfortune of being a very short man.

    He made his money in oil. He is eccentric and notorious for his collection of stuffed bats. These hideous black winged creatures hang from the walls and ceiling of his house spooking everyone who enters. Some people consider Jerry Oilman quite batty. Others are less polite.

    Tonight Jerry has invited a host of rich and famous people. For example, Marilyn Monroe is here looking for the perfect man. And when you get this many big names together you know there’s sure to be conflict. What Jerry hadn’t foreseen, and what you don’t know, is that something sinister and frightening is about to take place. You will all be asked to work out who is the villain behind this dastardly crime – a crime that will take us all the way to the graveside.

    Excerpt

    Groucho Marx: “I’d rather spend a night at the opera or a day at the races than listen to you lot.”

    What they’ve said

    Balloons animation

    Shelly Klag, USA

    Shelly helped organize an office picnic for around 75 guests.

    “Hi Stephanie: 

    I just wanted to let you know that we had our party this weekend and it was a smash! Everyone had such a fun time! Thanks so much for the kit. As soon as we get the film developed I will pass along some pictures. We will definitely pass your name along.

    Thanks again,
    Shelly Klag”

    Anne Laughton, Australia

    Anne held a party for around 20 guests.

    “Dear Stephanie: 

    We held our “Celebrity Celebrations” party on Saturday and it was a great success. People are still talking about it. The fact that it wasn’t very formal was great especially as we had a real range of ages at the party.

    Thanks for all your help,
    Anne”

    Debbie Ordes, USA

    “I hosted a fundraiser event with your Celebrity Celebrations and it was a great success! The event took place at a local country club and everyone was required to dress as a celebrity. I might add that most attendees dressed to the extremes. It was so fun to see everyone dressed up and even more how they all got involved in solving the crime. 8 people out of 47 guessed who the murderer was and their names went into a drawing to win a getaway vacation at a local resort.”

    “If you can believe, the murderer was one of the 8 people who guessed and this person’s name was picked to win the trip also in the drawing. When they proudly came forward to receive this prize the microphone was grabbed and the person stated,”who says crime doesn’t pay!” Thought that was clever. Thanks for putting together such a great script.

    Debbie Ordes
    Scoliosis Association of Palm Harbor”

    Becky Haun, USA

    We had over 90 guests with teachers performing the roles of the suspects and gifted students taking the other roles. It is a shot of all of our teacher “suspects” against the bat line decorations that were hung in the entryway to our commons area. We found the bat pattern on the Internet and students created the decorations for the commons area.

    Our local newspaper covered the event with some very nice pictures on the front page.

    We had a great time and are looking forward to doing Storm Survivors next November at school.

    It was THE most requested activity in a survey of incoming 8th grade gifted students for the next school year!

    Becky Haun
    Teacher of the Gifted

    Theresa Burkman, USA

    “My husband and I hosted this party to celebrate my 40th birthday. We invited 90 people and 84 of them came. Everyone says it was the party of the year. It was exhaustive putting this together for such a large group, however, it worked very well, and no other mystery game would have been able to accommodate so many. Everything came together as planned and the costumes were outstanding. I have recommended Merri Mysteries to everyone who inquired. Thank you very much.”

    Tony Banzer, USA

    “What a turnout, everyone who RSVP’d showed up and was really into their character. We had heard about the mystery party from a friend, but weren’t sure how it would go since we had so many people who didn’t know each other. We were so happy to see everyone take their roles and costumes beyond what we expected and interact with all of the characters. Everyone asked us to host another party for Halloween next year and we are looking to make it an annual event. Thank you for the package, it was a great guide. Our guests improvised and made it even more fun.

    Tony Banzer”

    Kim Barker, USA

    “We delivered the invitations, decorated the house, prepared the props, planned the menu and pulled it all together in one week…We all agreed that we haven’t laughed this hard and this much in a very long time!!! We all want to do it again!

    Thanks again,

    Kim Barker”

    Marie Anderson, USA

    “Hi! I just wanted to let you know my family had a great time when we recently held our “Celebrity Celebrations” mystery dinner. There was great anticipation leading up to the event as everyone prepared their costumes. I printed pictures of all the celebrity guests and hung them on the wall in the dining room. I also made a CD that had songs from our celebrity guests. It was fun to watch each guest “come to life” when one of their songs was played. We even made a “dummy” of the deceased victim with crime scene tape around it. Both young and old enjoyed the evening. I think I’ll order one especially made for children for my Girl Scout troop! I’ve attached a group photo from our mystery dinner.

    Thanks for providing us with the tools for a truly fun evening!

    Marie Anderson”

    Sandra Lelleck, USA

    Sandra sent in this feedback:

    “Hi Stephanie,

    I held “Celebrity Celebrations” on October 10th and it was a hit!

    I have a large family and we try to stay close as a family by getting together once every three months. I was the hostess for this one. I wanted to try something new and a friend had told me about Merri Mysteries. The majority of my family was pretty tenative at first. By the end, they were exitedly talking about the next one!

    Looking forward to more fun,

    Sandra Aden Lelleck”

    Here is a group photo from Sandra’s “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

     

    A group photo from Sandra's Celebrity Celebrations party

     

    Katie (Kaitlyn) Thomas, USA

    Katie sent in this feedback:

    “We held our Merri Mystery Dinner: Celebrity Celebrations on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma. I ordered the kit. We had 38 guests at our party and everyone loved it! Everyone had such a great time, that myself and my co-hostess, Bree, have already been requested to throw another Merri Mystery Dinner Party this year. Therefore, we plan to hold our 2nd annual Merri Mystery Dinner Party this October 2012. We have already begun our planning and hope that we win this contest to help us out!

    Thank you!

    Katie (Kaitlyn) Thomas”

    Here is a group photo from Katie’s “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

     

    A photo from Katie's Celebrity Celebrations party

     

    Kimberly Jones, USA

    Kimberly sent in this feedback:

    “This was a great opening party for a new development. We had 17 suspects, 4 real police officers, real attorney read last will and a pre med student read medical report. I have hosted 2 more since this one…. “

    Here is a photo from Kimberly’s “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

     

    A group photo from Tina's Mystery In The Library party

    Here is Kimberly’s winning decoration photo of the victim:

     

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    Danielle Davis, USA

    Danielle sent in this feedback:

    “Hi!

    I was looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this year that didn’t include the risqué costumes that people my age tend to sport at parties – and something where there was more involved than beer pong and keg stands. Once I found your site – I knew a murder mystery dinner was it! Being in our late 20’s and early 30’s – we were looking for something that would be a good fit, not too old, not too young – something that would keep us on our toes. We had so much fun with this – all the guests loved it! They asked if we could make it tradition and host a mystery party once a year! This had to be one of those most fun nights I have had in a long time.

    I attached a few photos just so you can see the hilarious costumes – and so we can enter the contest. Please let me know if you need anything else. Have a wonderful week and thank you for your creativity!!

    Love, Danielle”

    Here is a photo of Groucho and Marilyn from Danielle’s “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

    A photo of Groucho and Marilyn at Danielle's Celebrity Celebrations Party
    Lori Deutscher, USA

    Lori sent in this feedback:

    “Everyone had a GREAT time! We had 26 people and they ALL took their character very seriously. We had a policeman come to our door because some of the cars were parked on the wrong side of the road. “Rita Hayworth” proceeded to tell him that none of us could leave because there had been a murder and we were all ordered to stay for questioning. I think he was a bit concerned to hear that, LOL!

    Here is a group picture from Lori’s “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

     

    A photo ofthree girls from Loris Celebrity Celebrations party

    The girls

     

    Craig Wright, Australia

    Craig sent in this feedback:

    “This party was held a few months ago for my wife’s birthday, and as you can see everyone made a big effort.

    Craig”

    Here is a group picture from Craig’s “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

     

    A group photo from Craigs Celebrity Celebrations party

    The group

     

    Lori Johnson, USA

    Lori sent in this feedback about her “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

    We did our Celebrity Celebrations party on the patio! The day started out warm but rainy, but by the time night rolled around it was fairly crisp! We are so looking forward to choosing another mystery and all the preparations that will go with it. Our party was held October 25, 2008 and it took me this long to download the photos!

    I purchased the Celebrity Celebrations Mystery for my Halloween party back in October and we had a great time playing the parts and guessing the villain. I dressed as Jimi Hendrix! That’s me in the first picture [attached] and what I look like “in real life” in the last picture! And then several of our guests in between: Janis Joplin, Groucho Marx, Patsy Cline, Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball! It didn’t occur to me to take a group photo but next time I will be sure to do that! 

    Lori

    Here are Lori’s “before” and “after” photo of herself as Jimi Hendrix at her “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

     

    A photo of Lori before her Celebrity Celebrations party

    How Lori looks normally

    A photo of Lori at her Celebrity Celebrations party as Jimi Hendrix

    How Lori looked as Jimi Hendrix

     

    Traci Stevens, USA

    Traci sent in this feedback about her “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

    “LOADS of fun. We had a dinner for 72 people, and all had a fabulous time! This was a fundraiser for our youth group and they now want to do this twice a year!”

    Here is Traci’s group photo from her “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

     

    A photo from Traci's group photo for her Celebrity Celebrations party
    Group photo

     

    Jill Strangeland, USA

    Jill sent in this feedback about her daughter’s “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

    “Hi, I have attached some photos from my daughter’s Celebrity Celebrations party. I purchased this party for her 11th birthday. She kept telling me that she really wanted to be Marilyn Monroe for her party, so this party kit was perfect. We didn’t get as many kids as we would have liked but the ones that did attend, had a blast. The kid whose character was Jimi Hendrix was hysterical. Let me know what you think.

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Jill Stangeland”

    Here is Jill’s photo from her daughter’s “Celebrity Celebrations” party:

    Jills photo from her daughters Celebrity Celebrations party - pictured are Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Patsy Cline

    Invitations

    Reading level

    Note: The reading levels of each kit (not just “page” as it says below) were determined by copying and pasting the kit (the play version), into The Readability Test Tool (see www.read-able.com).

    Celebrity Celebrations reading details picture

    Characters

    The most famous guests present at the party are:

    Fred Astaire

    I am a debonair man and I have sung and danced like no other. People say I gave Ginger class and she gave me sex appeal. I practice all the time.

    Ginger Rogers

    I am a dazzling singer, dancer and actor. I won an Academy Award for “Kitty Foyle”. When I retired from Hollywood fame, I bought a dairy farm. I am very attached to my dairy cows.

    Jimi Hendrix

    I know I am going to be one of the most daring, inventive and influential rock guitarists. But at present, I’m still in the army.

    Janis Joplin

    I am the first goddess of rock. I have a raw iron soul and sing like a blues mamma. I keep begging God to buy me a Mercedes Benz, but so far he hasn’t.

    John Wayne – The Duke

    I was born Marion Robert Morrison and I have never legally changed my name to John Wayne. I’ve been far more than a just film cowboy. I am a legend – a man who commands respect.

    Marilyn Monroe

    I am a sex goddess, singer, actor and model. I spent part of my childhood unloved in an orphanage but now I’m loved by all the men in the world. I am a member of the “Rat Pack”.

    Elvis Presley

    I am the King of Rock ‘N Roll. I am also known for moving my pelvis when I perform. I have acted in a large number of movies. I am religious, but I’m not a saint.

    Judy Garland

    I have sung and danced in thirty-two feature films and I am one of the world’s greatest entertainers. I am a member of the “Rat Pack”.

    Bruce Lee

    I am a martial arts master and star of many films such as “Enter The Dragon”. I also starred in the TV series “The Green Hornet”. As a child I saw a ghost as a black shadow.

    Rita Hayworth

    I am an actress, singer and dancer. Some people have branded me as the screen’s sultry love goddess. I married a prince. My face was painted onto the A-bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima in 1946.

    Groucho Marx

    I am the most famous of the Marx Brothers and I am known for my one-liners about elephants and pajamas and so on. I set fire to the first film we made as the Marx Brothers because I thought it was bad. I never work with children or animals except for Harpo.

    Lucille Ball

    I am the lady who has made thousands of people laugh with my films and TV shows for over 50 years. I dye my hair red and I am not really a redhead.

    Bob Marley

    I am going to put Reggae on the map. I am a Jamaican Rastafarian and I don’t eat salt because of my beliefs. I shot the sheriff (in one of my songs).

    Patsy Cline

    I am a country music sensation with a voice people say is never to be forgotten. I started “entertaining” my neighbors when I was only three.

    An extra 68 famous people roles are also available, plus 10 roles for authorities (eg police) and 8 roles for creatures (eg a black cat). If you are holding a Halloween party, you would definitely assign all of the creature roles. A trivia party game is also included in the meet and mingle version.

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