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Student Programs



Whodunnit for Hire is a traveling company. You choose the date time and place and we come to you. Morning, afternoon or evening is fine. We travel throughout central Maryland, all of Washington DC including northern Virgina (NOVA) and parts of southern Pennsylvania. Check out the map.


Whodunnit for Hire Theme Ideas
Are you looking to have your guests come as gangsters and flappers, as cowboys and saloon gals or as pirates and wenches? Perhaps you'd like a roomful of Rockers, Zombies or Spies? Click here to check out several theme ideas for your party.

Entertainment for Teens & College Students


  • College Engagement Program
  • University Engagement Program
  • Student Lock-In
  • Graduation Party
  • Sweet 16
  • Bar Mitzvah
  • Bat Mitzvah

Are you planning a University or College Engagement Program or Student Lock-In Event? Are you hosting a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or Sweet 16 Party? Do you have a graduation party to plan? Are you unsure of what to do which will be fun and engaging?

Look no further. This is it! Your students are going to have a blast! Why this is so much fun we even like to say your friends and family members might DIE laughing. And you will get all the praise for planning such an interesting and engaging party.


First and foremost, you need to know that this mystery will be family friendly. This will be a COMEDY! Yes, there will be a dead guy but think Sherlock Holmes or the board game CLUE not Criminal Minds or the Eleven PM News. The dead body scene will be comical and over-the-top-silly so it will not be mistaken for a real crime. We will be sure that your guests feel safe and are laughing. Our mysteries are more about the silly suspects, searching for clues and trying to solve whodunnit than they are about the crime itself.

The best part is the mystery is going to be customized to your event. So if you are hosting a College Engagement Party in October we might put together a Halloween party and coordinate the costume contest for you. If you are planning a Sweet 16 for a daughter who loved the Downton Abbey series, we could create a 1920s mystery and set it in a manor house. If your son were into Zombies and would like a zombie theme at his Graduation Party we could create a storyline turning him and his friends into the Walking Dead. The theme will be based on YOUR party. There are several ideas on our THEMES PAGE. Have fun checking them out. And if you don't have a theme where you'll be encouraging costumes, that is okay too, we can keep it simple and just have "Mitzvahs Can Be Murder" or "A College Party to DIE for" or similar.


You should plan on a minimum of three hours for your party. While we do not include food, our mysteries are written assuming that you will be providing a three course meal (salad, main course, dessert). You can have your party at any time of day. The timeline here is just an example.

11:00 am Doors Open for Guest Arrivals and Mingling
11:45 am Salads Pre-Set, Guests Seated
12:00 pm Mystery Begins with Dead Body Scene
12:30 pm Entrees Served followed by Interrogations
01:30 pm Desserts Served followed by Wrap-Up, Curtain Call and Awards
02:00 pm End of Mystery (will take us 15-20 minutes to break-down and vacate)
02:30 pm Party Could Continue with other Activities, Entertainment, Etc.


You do not have to have your event at noon. This is just an example. Any time of the day is fine with us. We recommend you have the party around a meal and have the main course or buffet open thirty minutes after we begin. We will work with your catering staff (if you are holding the party at a function hall) to ensure the event operates smoothly and the timing is seamless.

You should know...

The entertainment will be for everyone at the party. If you are planning a Mitzvah, the entire group of family and friends will be included and entertained. Unless you have two rooms that block the guests from one another, you must plan on everyone in the room participating.

Also, kindly do not plan other entertainment at the same time. For example, if you'd like to have a band or DJ with games, plan that entertainment to start after the conclusion of the mystery dinner. We would end up competing with one another and your guests would be confused and overwhelmed.


The price includes on-site event management for your guests and with your wait staff, it includes personalized pdf invitations and a personalized pdf program. It includes photography at the event. Your guests will be able to download, save and share all the photos we take for free. It includes everything necessary for the entertainment; i.e. mystery mood music, backdrop, crime scene tape, notebooks, pencils, awards, prizes, props, costuming,etc.

You won't need to bring a thing. Once you've turned the event over to us, you can relax. We'll make sure your guests have a great time.




We also ask that you include the Whodunnit for Hire team members in your meal and parking count.


You should plan your event for indoors.

If it turns out to be lovely and a there is a space available outdoors which is large enough and has access to power you could choose to switch it to outdoors but you should plan your event for indoors.


You may make your family and friends aware of the whodunnit or keep it a surprise - this is entirely your choice. We will happily make a pdf invitation for you to get guests excited if you'd like. There is no additional charge for the customized pdf invitation.





> Option One: 

Production Format

The Production Format includes a full team of actors and actresses to entertain your guests. This is like going to see a play only we bring the show to you. You may provide the "dead guy" but the other roles (i.e. the suspects) are provided by us. Your guests will be asked to solve whodunnit but they will not be accused of the crime.

We recommend the Production Format if you will have more than eight tables at your event or are anticipating more than 64 guests. This would include events such as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a graduation party outside the home or a university engagement party.

> Option Two:

Party Format

If you are throwing at an home party and will have your guests gathered in your living room, or you are having 64 or fewer guests at a function hall or restaurant, you should consider our party format.

In this format your guests will be the stars of the show. The storyline of the murder mystery will be customized specifically for you, your guests and your event.

Your friends and family members will be the suspects accused of the crime. There is no prep work involved for your friends and you do not need to tell them in advance. This can be a complete surprise. We bring everything they will need and it will be easy and super fun. Our Party Format is interactive and all of your friends will be able to play as suspects or sleuths.



Please go to FAQs and Pricing for more information on the cost of a murder mystery party.
We provide discount pricing for college student events and university engagement programs.
Please let us know in advance if you are on a budget.


Here are a few photos from Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s and College Engagement Programs which were turned into Murder Mystery Parties.


McDaniel College | Student Engagement Event | Westminster Maryland



Student Event at the American University in Chevy Chase, Maryland



Turn your daughter's Sweet 16 into an event to DIE for...



Wild West Mystery Party | Twins Turning 14 Birthday Celebration | Mt. Airy, Maryland



Birthday Parties Can Be Murder!



Ugly Sweater Party for Group of All Ages



Family Friendly Mystery Party | Maryland



Fun Entertainment for Hire in Potomac, Maryland



Teen and Student Friendly Murder Mystery Parties



Fun Entertainment for Graduation Parties in Maryland and Northern Virginia




Are you looking for professional entertainment for your daughter's Sweet 16, your son's Bar Mitzvah or the University's Engagement Event? Do you want to ensure that your friends will be engaged and entertained? If yes, please don’t take chances. Your event is only going to happen once. It is important. Check reviews. Ask if the person to whom you are speaking is going to be at your event. Whether or not your friends and family have a good time is crucial. You want them to have fun. You want them to remember this event and think “Wow! That was a blast!” You want everyone to be involved and laughing. We will give you that. Book Whodunnit for Hire.