Halloween Lies


Halloween Lies is a horror-movie themed murder mystery game for 16 to 32 guests and one or two hosts. It is set at a modern-day post-awards party, and characters include producers, directors and actors. This includes, free of charge, Christmas and non-Halloween-themed versions of the game. Written by Steve Hatherley and DeAnna Knippling. Recommended for ages 12+.


Halloween Lies is a murder mystery game for 16 to 32 guests and one or two hosts. It is set at a modern-day Hollywood post-awards party, and characters include producers, directors and actors. Download the free introductory pdf file.

Halloween Lies is a thrilling evening of scheming, intrigue and skulduggery. Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and make the best movie in Halloween Lies?

Halloween Lies comes bundled with Christmas Lies (the same game but with a Christmas theme) and Hollywood Lies (the same game with a general movie theme) so you can play the game all-year round.

Halloween Lies is really such a fun game because of the delight people have when getting into Halloween costumes.”
‘Slime’ , United States

See stories and pictures from Halloween Lies

It’s award night, and Tom Speed’s latest film, The Vampire Detective, has just swept the board and garnered four Skellies – for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Sadly, Tom Speed’s award for Best Actor was accepted posthumously by his friend, Hayden Vicars, as Tom was killed in a driving accident late last night.

Despite this note of sadness, celebrations are in full swing at the The Vampire Detective post-award party. Deals are being cut for future productions and everyone is having a good time enjoying the atmosphere and mingling with Hollywood’s movers and shakers.

Is there anything suspicious about Tom Speed’s death? Who will win next year’s Skellies? Find out at Halloween Lies.

Halloween Lies lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible, to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

“Great game! Lots of fun! You have great customer service and I would recommend your site to anyone.”
Susie Lloyd, Pennsylvania, United States

One of our more straightforward murder mystery games, suitable for beginner hosts.
No combat, no poison.
No combat, no poison.
Characters are ungendered.
Characters are ungendered.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game and a cast list of all the characters.

Cast of characters

    • Morgan Beech: Star of blockbuster movie The Vampire Detective. Morgan won critical plaudits for playing Kendall Nimitz, the victim’s partner. This was Morgan’s first major role in a movie.
    • Detective Arden Chase: One of Hollywood’s finest detectives, Detective Chase is well known to the movie community.
    • Sam Cortinelli: Sam Cortinelli is one of The Vampire Detective’s stunt doubles. Sam is rumored to have “family” connections.
    • Mel Cutter: Mel is the author of “Cutter’s Comments”, a notorious newspaper column in the Hollywood News. In the column, Mel described The Vampire Detective as “limp and tired” and accused  Tom Speed of “having all the charisma of a fishbowl”. Mel is a regular feature at post-award parties.
    • Joss Dawson: Joss has been in the business a long time, first as an actor and now as an agent.
    • Luca Delmonico: Luca is comes from a very wealthy family and recently appeared in the movie The Sound of Screams.
    • Ash d’Lessey: The Vampire Detective’s director and winner of the Best Director award in this year’s Skelly awards.
    • Cass Dockery: Cass works for a small independent movie financier, bhut is looking to break into acting.
    • Lou Egan: A respected Hollywood film director. Lou was the original director for The Vampire Detective, but was replaced by Ash d’Lessey.
    • Eddie Flax: Eddie is one of Hollywood’s many agents and does a lot of charity work.
    • Terry Ford: Terry has worked in over 100 movies, playing character roles. In The Vampire Detective Terry played “Hatch”, a bodyguard.
    • Charlie Henderson-Plum: Charlie played “Skipper Primley,” The Vampire Detective’s British villain.
    • Claude Janvier: Claude is a composer who recently wrote the music for Ash d’Lessey’s Blood Red.
    • Jam Lafayette: Owner of the popular Sacre Bleu! restaurant and TV celebrity chef.
    • Ronnie Manfred: Ronnie is a character actor who often plays evil henchmen. Ronnie has had many different jobs before getting into acting.
    • RT Markovitz: Press photographer for The Big Cheese, a tabloid newspaper.
    • Max McNab: Max plays bit-parts and is struggling to get into the big time. In The Vampire Detective, Max played “Cop in Elevator”.
    • Evrim Meric: Bit part actor with a minor role (“Cam Nightshade”) in The Vampire Detective. Evrim also works at the Sacre Bleu restaurant.
    • Jules Milton: Manager of Club Hellfire, where The Vampire Detective’s post-Skelly party is being held. Six years ago, Jules was accused of a fire that burned down three sound stages.
    • Ghana Moon: Ghana is one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters, and won a Skelly for The Vampire Detective.
    • Bernie Newman: Bernie has come to Hollywood to become a movie star.
    • Nat Rankin: Nat is a character actor who recently appeared in The Sound of Screams as a villain – as usual.
    • Hunter Sharp: Hunter is an independent film producer/director and directed last year’s award-winning Circus of Horror.
    • Toy Shepherd: Toy is a comedian from the East Coast and has suffered some bad luck lately.
    • Jackie Simpson: Jackie was originally signed up to act in The Vampire Detective, but was fired before filming started after Jackie and Tom Speed had a blazing row.
    • Pip Slater: Pip is one of Hollywood’s many agents and is looking to sign up more clients tonight.
    • Val Taylor: Val both acts and produces. Val was one of The Vampire Detective’s co-producers.
    • Bobby Treveeno: Bobby is an entertainer of the old school and can dance, act and sing. However, Bobby’s career is in decline.
    • Les Tytan: Les is a mesmerist whose clients have included Charlie Henderson-Plum and Mel Cutter.
    • CJ Vasquez: One of The Vampire Detective’s co-producers and is keen to make more blockbusters.
    • Hayden Vicars: Hayden is co-producer of The Vampire Detective, and one of Tom Speed’s closest friends.
    • Shelly Wells: Shelly owns TrixieCorp, a large corporation that makes fast food and frozen dinners (among other things), but is now producing a movie.

The characters are all ungendered, so they can be played by anyone.

You also need one or two hosts, to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly. (We recommend two hosts, particularly if this is your first Freeform Games murder mystery party.)

How Freeform Games murder mystery games work

Halloween Lies is unlike other murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, each character has several goals they must try to accomplish. While they may want to solve the murder, Halloween Lies contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Halloween Lies isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

Halloween Lies was the BEST because all the characters had lots to do, were essential for the plot, intermingled and lots of subplots were happening at once.”
A Customer, United States

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Master (or Mistress) of Ceremonies.

They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. The players can form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and even try to make the best movie for next year. Along the way they may solve some of Halloween Lies’s mysteries. What is the Post-Modern Freeform Movement up to? Who will get tickets to the charity ball? What really happened on the set of The Snow Beast? Which script will be made into a movie? And of course, how did Tom Speed die?

Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Recommended for ages 12+

We recommend Halloween Lies for those aged 12+ as it is family-friendly and contains no adult themes.

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. So most games have free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) included in the download when you purchase the game.

  • ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)
  • Gwen Cortinelli – secretary and Sam Cortinelli’s wife. (F)
    (by Jo Stinett)

Please note that we haven’t always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

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Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with Halloween Lies then please let us know within 30 days and we will refund you. See our full terms and conditions, and our refund policy.

Trouble downloading? If you have trouble downloading the game files, please first check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the download email, drop us a line at info@freeformgames.com with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

4 reviews for Halloween Lies

  1. Emma-May Palmer (store manager)

    I just wanted to let you know how much of a great time we had at my husband’s 30th Halloween Birthday Party. My friend Zoe and I hosted Halloween Lies for Jim’s 30th celebration. We decked out Club Hellfire (a name that will stick) in halloween decorations, sounds and effects. There was a zombie head cake, a professional face painter, graveyard, photo booth, black lights, cobwebs everywhere, spooky music playing and smoke coming from the witches brew. The witches, zombies and assorted wicked beings began to arrive and their characters packs made more sense as they received further information. After some giggling at costumes, photos were taken, an introduction and we were away! No messing around, everyone was straight into the game. There were some devious love triangles, a mafia boss breaking arms and a killer hiding under the radar. The producers sourced their directors, cast the actors and found screenplays and the movies were set into motion. Everyone had such a great night, I could barely tear them away from the game to get photos! The movies were hilarious and really just capped off the murder mystery nicely. Thanks for such a great murder mystery, this is our second, and I’m determined to have one for every birthday!

  2. Dorothy Mortimore (store manager)

    I chose Halloween Lies because I have played Freeform Games before and LOVED them! All your games have been WONDERFUL! They play themselves for the most part!

  3. Clare Rogers (store manager)

    Had a superb time last night playing Halloween Lies.
    We’ve done several Freeform Games murder mysteries for my birthday and this year, hubby decided he’d like a freeform birthday too.
    We chose Halloween Lies because, being October, we figured costumes and decorations would be easy to find.
    We had such a fantastic response, we had to buy the expansion pack (although I have to say, as host this made planning envelopes etc much more complicated and some characters were worried that they didn’t have as much info as others).
    The costumes were utterly amazing and, due to the unseasonable weather, much of the game was played in the garden!
    I have to be honest and say that folk were not that interested in making movies, but as always the format and fab writing enabled both newbies and old hands to get totally engrossed and people who had never met before were very soon in deep conversation.
    I love freeform MM’s – they are the mainstay of some of the very best parties we have hosted over the years. Thank you.

  4. A Customer (store manager)

    We wanted ease of finding costumes (anybody can come up with a Halloween costume), plus a large party of 20+ people, plus Halloween Lies sounded more involved/interactive, less rigid structure than out of the box type murder mystery games.
    All the guests seemed to have enjoyed themselves – people thought the movies section was the funniest!

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 29 September 2021

You can download your game immediately after making your purchase. We will also send you an email message containing a download link and password so you can download your game later.

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Where's my password? asked on 27 September 2021

Please check your email (including your junk folder). If you're sure you haven't received it, then please get in touch. It helps us if you tell us when you purchased the game and what email address you used.

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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 25 September 2021

Most of our games have an impartial host who organizes the party. Hosts don't solve the murder with everyone else – they have already read the game and instead watch the game unfolding.

Guests use their wits and negotiate, scheme, and plot with other guests to get what they want. Nobody needs to learn complicated backgrounds or memorize lines – character backgrounds are little more than a side or two of paper – which can be kept to hand for reference during the game.

answered on 24 September 2021 store manager
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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 23 September 2021

Yes! If this is your first time hosting a Freeform Games murder mystery, we suggest choosing one of our more straightforward games. Click here for our 'games for beginners' page.

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Do you have any games suitable for all-male or all-female groups? asked on 21 September 2021

Yes! We have several games where all the characters are ungendered and can be played by anyone. Click here to see our ungendered games.

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