Sometimes you learn something about your spouse on a date that really surprises you. One of our “outside of the box” dates was to go to a Murder Mystery Dinner. Ours was at a hotel in downtown Austin, but I’ve seen them advertised in multiple cities. If you are looking for a double date idea (or a larger group) this would be a great idea.
We parked in the hotel parking garage and then went up to the ballroom where the dinner was being held. Upon checking in, everyone had to get a name tag. On the name tag you wrote a fake name and that was your persona for the rest of the night. Before dinner, there was a “meet and greet” where you wandered around the room and introduced yourself to other people there. The idea is that you get to know some people before the mystery unfolds and you have to solve the crime. Some of the people you meet are actors who are going to be playing roles in the dinner and they have elaborate backstories. Was the person I just talked to really an accountant in Austin or was he an actor who is playing a role in the story?
This is where I was surprised. I’m the introvert and Amanda is the extrovert, but walking around the room and talking to strangers was a lot of fun for me. Amanda was very uncomfortable and just wanted it to end. Who would have thought? We could have had an extra date just exploring that curveball!
After the “meet and greet” you went back to your table where you have dinner with eight to ten people. Several things are happening at this time. You are meeting new people (and will soon be trying to figure out if they are actors or regular people like yourself), eating dinner that is served by a waitstaff, and having a murder unfold before your eyes. There are detectives and witnesses that tell the story and there are plenty of clues given to you throughout the night.
At the end of the night, each person turns in their report of who they think the murderer was and the reason why the murder took place.
I thought this date was a lot of fun. Amanda thought it was horrible. I guess you win some and you lose some. You can find a lot of deals on Groupon. I looked when writing this blog and you can get a Groupon for $69, but when I went to the Dinner Detective website we used, it was only $60!
If you want a quiet night out, this is not the date for you. On the other hand, if you want to do something very unique and meet some new people then you’ve found a winner!