Jul 232015

Recently my husband, Chris, and I had an oh-so-special night. You know what I’m talking about – the kind that doesn’t involve kids. That’s right, we got to go out on a date.  Alone. Without children.  Since he and I both love a good mystery, we decided to go to a murder mystery dinner show.   As far as I’m concerned, you can never go wrong with a little mystery, intrigue, and murder.

**Disclosure:  I was provided complimentary tickets to the show thanks to Vimbly in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

MurderMystery sign

We ended up choosing to go see the Crime and Pun-ishment Interactive Dinner, which is put on by The Murder Mystery Company at the Sons of Italy in Quincy, MA.

Here is the description of the show:

Things take a turn for the gutter at Mafia Don Lou Zar’s juice joint when someone is put on ice! The crowd is chock full of potential suspects. Jealous, jilted lovers, a rival Mafioso, and a pair of undercover feds make an appearance at this speakeasy and not a single person is muttering a word! Help find out who’s on the level and who’s on the lam by trading clues with your guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the murderer hotfoots it out of there!

In the confirmation email that I received after I ordered our tickets, we were told to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the show and it was encouraged that we dressed in 1920’s gangster themed attire (flapper dresses, zoot suits, feather boas and headbands, pinstriped suits and fedoras). Although Chris and I didn’t dress up, I would say that about half of the audience did.

The show was an absolute riot.  We were seated at a table of eight and each table would have to work as a team to solve the mystery. Luckily we were sat at a table with three other couples and they were all really fun.  A couple of them really got into it and worked hard to solve the murder.

When the show first started, we were introduced to the main characters (one of which gets murdered later on) Lou Zar (get it?? Say it fast) and his girlfriend, Amanda Lay.

MurderMystery Characters

Once the murder took place, we were introduced to all the suspects.  It may look like there were a lot of suspects (there were), but there were a lot of people in the audience that night and one person from each table was chosen to be a suspect in the show.

MurderMystery All the Suspects

The “suspect” from our table was a real trooper and seemed to really have fun playing along. His name was “Scott Free”.

MurderMystery Scott Free

Each suspect was given a sheet of paper with information about their character and at two different points in the show, everyone in the audience got a chance to get up and ask the suspects questions to try to solve the case.

MurderMystery Getting Info From Other Suspects

Each table was provided some help with the interrogation, so we had an idea of some questions to ask the suspects.

MurderMystery Tips for cracking the case

And of course, we were sent out with a little bribe money.

MurderMystery bribe money

Each table also had score sheet so that we had a place to keep track of all the suspects and write down all the information we gathered while we were out and about talking to the different suspects.

MurderMystery Suspect Info Sheet

The show was an absolute blast.  Like I said before, our table really got into it, but sadly we didn’t end up figuring out who the correct murderer was. I think there were just too many suspects in this particular case, but none of us cared because it was so much fun trying to figure the whole thing out.

And as if an evening of mystery and laughs wasn’t enough, you get dinner, too!

MurderMystery Buffet Dinner

Dinner was actually served before the show started, so everyone had a chance to eat before we started solving crime. As you can see from the photo, the three course dinner is served buffet style.  We had our choice of boneless stuffed chicken breast with gravy and cranberry sauce, ziti macaroni in sauce and meatballs with cheese. A chef choice potato side dish and a chef choice vegetable side dish was served as well (we had roasted potatoes and green beans). Cake was on the menu for dessert and there was a coffee station, too! There was also a house salad on each table for everyone to share.

Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase during the show & FYI, it was cash only.

I bet you’re wondering how I even found out about this show in the first place? One word: Vimbly.

Vimbly offers thousands of local activities, classes, date ideas and other fun things to do – any of which can be booked directly with a best price guarantee.

It’s easy to use, too. When you head to their website, Vimbly shows available times for thousands of local activities.  You can then narrow it down by category, date, time, price, or location.  Once you figure out what you want to do, you can easily pick convenient times that work for you and check out reviews from other people.

The best part – there is no cost for making an activity booking.  Vimbly is really easy to use and I think it’s nice to have so many fun ideas in one place.

I am heading to NYC next month and am seriously considering using Vimbly to help me find some fun stuff to do.

  167 Responses to “Date Night at the Crime and Pun-ishment Interactive Dinner”

  1. What a fun date night!! I was thinking as well that you’d get so hungry since the game would take a long time with so many people involved but luckily you ate before haha.. Vimbly sounds like a great idea especially when you’re so tired with your daily chores and kinda blank on ideas of what to do during your free time!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  2. That looks like so much fun! I went to a murder mystery dinner one time too! So neat!

  3. Oh looked like such a fun date night and glad you got to attend!! 🙂

  4. This looks like such a fun place to to on date night with Hubby to. I love being able to see a great show in great company.

  5. Looks like someone had a good night! Thank you for sharing, it’s a great idea 🙂

  6. That is a great idea. I love different date ideas like this!

  7. That looks like so much fun!! I’ve always heard about these, but have never got to go to one. Would love to!

    • I think it would make a great girls night out date. I have several friends that would love this.

  8. this would be so much fun!!! I kinda play the home version of this every night – being married to an actual Detective and hearing about his cases… and it’s never as exciting as TV because you pretty much know who did it, it’s just proving it. yeah, this looks more fun – ha.

    • I think it’d be really interesting yet challenging work. I’m not sure how I’d fair dealing with bad guys all the time. But he’d probably be really good at solving this mystery.

  9. What a fun date night. I have wanted to parttake of an interactive dinner like that.

  10. What a fun and thrilling night for the both of you. I haven’t participated in an interactive dinner like this. It sounds so exciting.

  11. That does sound fun. I agree it would have been tough having that many suspects! I will have to check out Vimbly – sounds like a great service!

  12. Hurrah for date night! I’m glad you got to get out and have a good time. 🙂

  13. Aww, this reminds me of our visit to the Capone’s Dinner Theater in Orlando Florida. It was so much fun and the food was pretty good too.

  14. I’ve always wondered what it was like to participate in one of these mystery dinners. Sounds like so much fun.

  15. This sounds like such a great date night! I would love to go to a murder mystery dinner theater for a meal and a show! The character’s names are hilarious!

  16. What an amazing date! I used to enjoy these kinds of evenings before I had children – I wish could go again! I loved trying to work things out and get delicious food whilst I was doing it 😉

  17. Oh my, that looks like such a fun time! What could be better than being entertained AND fed at the same time?

  18. Robin, that sounds so darn fun! You’re really lucky that all the couples at your table were willing to put some effort into it and get in the spirit!

  19. Oh, this looks like fun! We’ve never been to a mystery dinner before!

  20. This is such a cool idea. I’ve never been to a mystery dinner and I bet that it would be a date night to remember!

  21. That sounds like so much fun. It’s nice to do something different than just another dinner.

  22. We have a murder mystery dinner around here that we’ve been wanting to try out but just haven’t found the time. Looks like yours was well worth it!

  23. Oh my goodness, what fun. My husband and I would love to go to something like this! Speaking of which, we really need a date night. Lol

  24. I would love to try something like this out. I don’t know if we have one in our area or not, but I have always wanted to try it. So glad to see that you enjoyed an actual evening out!

  25. That looks like a fantastic date night! I’m totally doing this with my husband for our next night out.

  26. This sounds like it would be the funnest date ever!

  27. We attended something similar at House of Blues in Myrtle Beach a few years back. It was tons of fun!

  28. This looks like such a fun way to spend the evening! I’m a big fan of mysteries and this is such a good way to spice up date night! We’ll have to see if there is something similar in our area.

  29. How fun! I would love to go on a fun date like this soon!

  30. I have always wanted to go to a murder mystery dinner. This sounds like so much fun and we could definitely use a date night, too!

  31. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to a murder mystery dinner show. When I was in college, my school hosted one but I went out of town that weekend. We have so many murder mystery dinner shows her in Chicago and I always say I’m going to check one out. I think this just convinced me <3

  32. This seems like so much fun! I have never been to one of these before, but would love to.

  33. I’ve always wanted to go to a theater like this! It looks so neat. I don’t know that we have one here. I should look into Iowa, and see if there’s one close to us. I just haven’t heard of one in the Omaha area. I want to go!

  34. I love murder mystery dinner shows! There’s one local to us in TN, and we have been a couple times. They don’t supply us with score cards or anything like that though — being interactive with it must have been a lot of fun.

  35. A murder mystery dinner sounds too fun. And all those other couples in your table who were so game added more to the fun. I would love to experience this.

  36. I have never experienced this and I would love to do so. A hearty dinner and a mystery case. What more could you ask for?

  37. That sounds like so much fun! I have seen these advertised but have never actually decided to take the plunge because I didn’t know if they would be lame or not

  38. Oh this sounds like such fun, I have often wondered what shows like this are like! x

  39. That sounds like so much fun for a date night!! I would love to go see something like that.

  40. We have a theater like this in Seattle. I’ve never been but would love to go

  41. This looks like so much fun. I was in a Dinner Theater play once and I have to tell you, it was a great time.

  42. What a super cool experience that must have been! I would love to do one with my husband sometime soon!

  43. That looks like so much more fun than just going out to dinner and a movie. I love doing things, especially on date night, that allow us to do something creative together. You must have had a blast!

  44. That sounds like it was a great night out. We are going to our first interactive dinner theater next month and I am looking forward to it.

  45. I’ve always wanted to do something like this for a date night. Looks like so much fun!

  46. What a fun date night. I will have to see if I can find something like this in my area. I am always looking for new date night ideas.

  47. I haven’t been to a good old murder mystery since high school!
    so much fun… I really need to see if there is something like that here.

  48. It sounds like you guys had a blast. I love themed dinners like this.

  49. This looks like a lot of fun! I would love to go to something like this.

  50. This sounds like such a great time! Fun way to make date night a little different. I loved CLUE as a kid and have always wanted to check one of these mystery dinners out. Thanks for sharing your fun night.

  51. Sound like a fun and interesting date not like the boring once eat talk about self…I like to be entertain sometime.

  52. I have always wanted to do one of these. It looks like so much fun!

  53. Now that is my kind of fun – love how interactive it is and how everyone has a blast.

  54. Oh how fun we have something like this here in Orlando, food is good and we have a good time when we go.

  55. I’ve always wanted to do one of these, it looks so fun!!

  56. I have ALWAYS wanted to do one of these! They sound like so much fun! Of course Clue was ALWAYS my most favorite game to play when I was younger, too! That game is kind of like this, right?

  57. Oh my goodness. I didn’t think these were really a thing! I would LOVE to do something like this. Talk about so much fun!!

  58. Seems like a fun date night indeed. We have something like this in Orlando and we loved it. So much fun. Specially for adults.

  59. What a fun idea for a date night. I have gone to mystery murder dinners before and they were a hoot.

  60. They used to have one of these in Atlanta and it was so much fun. I would love to see if we had any locally.

  61. Oh that sounds like fun. I love mystery dinner theaters.

  62. Great! I haven’t heard of Vimbly before and it sounds like something I would like to use when I travel or even at home!

  63. This sounds like something I would definitely do. I’m not one for a “sit down” date as I like when things are interactive

  64. this looks so fun! what a fun date night.

  65. That sound’s like so much fun, especially dressing up like a 20’s gangsta. I’ve been to one dinner theatre show and it was a blast! I’d go again!

  66. I have always wanted to go to one of these and have particularly wanted to attend Murder on the Orient Express . I didn’t know if it would ruin it since I know how the mystery unravels and knows who did it. Sounds like such a fun time.

  67. OH man this looks SO cool! I would love to do this with friends and family alike! I love this kind of stuff!

  68. This looks like so much fun! I love a date night than is more than your typical dinner and a movie.

  69. I would love to experience something like this either as a date night or with a group of friends. It definitely offers a unique level of excitement!

  70. This sounds like a great idea for date night! My hubby would definitely like this!

  71. THAT looks like a fun night! I wouldn’t want to be the suspect from my table, but that would be the only thing holding me back from attending an interactive dinner.

  72. Sounds fun! I haven’t been to one of these in years.

  73. Oh that sounds like so much fun! I’ve never checked out Vimbly but you’ve got me intrigued… And hubs and I need to go on more date nights 🙂

  74. What a great date night idea! Sounds like so much fun.

  75. So much fun! What a great way to change up the typical date night.

  76. Sounds like a fun night. At first when you mentioned dinner show, I thought it was going to be a play, not interactive! How fun! Vimbly sounds like another social platform I’ve used (Verlocal) which also lists local experiences.

  77. No way… this sounds like the perfect date night. We would have a blast doing something like this 🙂

  78. It look that was a fun night a great event and That is a great idea. I love different date ideas like this! thank you for sharing this idea

  79. This would be a fun date! I would love to do this sometime with the hubby!

  80. This looks like the best date night ever! This is such a fun idea. I bet my husband would love it.

  81. I have always wanted to go to an interactive dinner. This looks like so much fun!

  82. This looks like a great date night. I would love to go to a interactive dinner. It sounds like a lot of fun.

  83. I have never been to an Interactive dinner before. I have always wanted to go to one. It would be fun with a group of friends as well.

  84. Wow, that sounds great. I was a theater major, and always loved interactive and spontaneous performances! This was a fun post!

    Sally K Witt

  85. What a fun thing to do! I will have to check out Vimbly and see what is around me to do.

  86. Yay! A new kind of event. The theme of this event looks fun and exciting. Dressed up in a detective/criminal outfit is cool. I think we don’t have this kind of interactive dinner here in our country.

  87. We did this a few years ago and it was a ton of fun. We were actually able to guess who the suspect was and got it right. 🙂 I want to go again one day.

  88. I have to see if this is available in my area. It would make an amazing date night.

  89. This sounds like such a fun thing to do! I love interactive things. There is nothing like a bit of mystery and intrigue on a date night!

  90. Looks like an interesting show & I am sure you must have had a great dating time out there. Oh and the dinner menu looks so special too. Vimbly is something new for me, but I would love to check it out for sure.

  91. I have been wanting to go to one of these so badly but my husband keeps saying no. I think I am going to have to make it a girls night – it would be so much fun I think.

  92. Unconventional but fun! It must have been great collaborating with the other couples in your table. I would want to experience this kind of date night too. Heading over to Vimbly to check out what other activities they have in store.

  93. Looks like a great way to spend your Date Night! Thanks for sharing.

  94. That looks like a really fun night. How cool

  95. Wow, that sounds great. This looks like a great date night.

  96. We played Whodunnit a few weeks ago, which was similar to this. It was really fun interrogating suspects and solving the case.

  97. What an awesome unique date! Love this kind of events. Hope me and wifey can do this.

  98. We don’t have these here, but a friend did one recently where she lived. Said it was a great date night for her and her husband. Sounds fun – I love figuring things out.

  99. What a fun night out! I love to find stuff like that instead of just heading to a movie where you don’t speak to the person you are sitting next to. A mystery dinner sounds super fun!

  100. Haha sounds like a fun-filled night. I’ve always wanted to try one of these interactive murder-mystery dinners. Sounds like a great date night.

  101. How fun! I would love to do something like that for date night. It’d be so fun to try something new.

  102. This date night looks super fun! I would be thrilled to do something like this.

  103. Now this looks like a LOT of fun!! I have always wanted to go to a themes dinner and even a murder mystery dinner. I love that you had the option to dress up as well!

  104. Oh that looks like so much fun! I need to go to a murder mystery dinner asap!

  105. I have never heard anything like this before. What a fun show and way to have dinner!

  106. What a unique way to spend a date night. I bet it was fun looking for clues and solving the mystery.

  107. This type of thing is so fun if the people who sit with you really enjoy it as well. We have a lot of these things in Orlando obviously. I will check out this website!

  108. That looks like so much fun! What a great date night idea. Wish we had one in our town!

  109. Wow, this looks like so much fun! What a great way to spice up date night and really do something different! I love that the suspect from your table was into playing his character, that makes situations like this even more fun!

  110. That looks like a fun show. I like how they included the audience so much.

  111. I’ve always wanted to attend a dinner like this! It sounds like it would be so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

  112. Sounds like an amazing experience. If I was dating, I would love this chance. One of thise experiences that will be remembered

  113. I have always wanted to go to one of these! I’ll have to find one in my area!

  114. Sounds like you had lots of fun – I’ve actually been to personal dinner parties that we did this – and was able to connect more personally with friends and fun

  115. This is so cool! I would love to do this. When I was in high school we had a really bad mystery dinner for our senior banquet. I went to a Baptist school where there is no dancing, so instead of prom, we had banquets. But we didn’t get to solve anything for the mystery dinner, they just acted it all out. That part looks like such a fun thing to do.

  116. Ooh, this seems so fun! Dressing up must be a big part of the fun 🙂

  117. Oh my!! I have always wanted to do a murder mystery dinner before!! An old boss of mine tried to do one as team building exercise, but the whole reason he needed to do it was because the members of my team were really not into being a team. So my one and only experience with such a fun sounding event, was a bust! Looks like you had a blast! I need to look and see if we have something like that here in Arizona!!

  118. I’ve never heard of this website to find things to do. The activity seemed great!

  119. I love everything about this idea. It looks like a lot more fun than our typical dinner and movie date night. I’m going to see if anything similar to this activity is available in my area.

  120. This sounds like so much fun! A lot more fun for sure than dinner and a movie. Love the interactivity of the whole thing.

  121. A murder mystery show makes for a very entertaining date night! I want to find something like this to do around here.

  122. What an awesome idea for date night! It looks like a blast!

  123. I have always, always wanted to go to a murder mystery dinner like this. It looks like an absolute blast! Vimbly definitely sounds like a great way to find cool things like this to do around your town and beyond.

  124. We went to a show similar to this with friends and such a great time. Looks like you had fun!

  125. How fun! I tried talking my husband into going to one of these when we were in Nashville last year, but he didn’t want to. Maybe someday!

  126. I was just looking into going to something like this with my husband. It looks like you had so much fun!!

  127. We went to one of these and had a blast. I want to go back again.

  128. I heard about Vimbly – it sounds pretty awesome and it looks like you had lots of fun at the crime and punishment event.

  129. This would totally be my ultimate date night or even weekend idea. I have always wanted to do something like this because I totally love mysteries. Thanks for sharing.

  130. I’ll have to check out Vimbly and see if there’s anything in my area. Looks like a lot of fun was had. I’d love to attend a murder mystery dinner someday.

  131. It sounds like you guys had a really fun night.

  132. Sounds like a really fun date night. I’ve always wanted to go to a mystery dinner theater night….we have one here at a popular spaghetti spot. I never remember to look it up around the time that it is being held.

  133. Now this would be a unique date night! We have a couple dinner theater places in our area and we’ve never been. Will have to consider this the next time we’re looking for something new to do.

  134. I always check for the fun things happening around town. I haven’t heard of Vimbly before. Will check it out.

  135. This sounds like a cool date night activity. I like trying outside of the box dates as often as possible.

  136. What a fun night for y’all. I want to experience events like this, it’s exciting.

  137. I went to my first dinner show this past April. IT was a comedy dinner show. Supper funny. This looks just as exciting.

  138. This sounds like a total fun night for both of you. Thanks for sharing!

  139. This sounds like so much fun! I don’t think we have any murder/mystery type shows in our area, but if we ever do, I’m making a date night with Jason to go!

  140. That looks so fun! We have a few places uptown that does murder mystery dinners, but we have never tried them out.

  141. Omg how fun!!! There is a restaurant that does this near me! I’ve always wanted to go!

  142. I have heard so many great things about Vimbly. I hope they come to my city one day. This looks like a lot of fun.

  143. Oh goodness! This definitely looks like a whole lot of fun! It’s nice to find something you both like to do and to actually be able to do it. From the stuff I read on your blog, it sounds like those “date nights” don’t come too often. Much like my house. Hope you enjoyed it and each other. Sometimes we all need a bit of that.

  144. wow, this is a very interesting place to spend a date night! i have not heard of one before but am sure i’d enjoy participating in one. if we could find one that involves hog riders and those clash of clan gangs, am sure my partner will be more than willing to give it a try! 🙂

  145. What an interesting night.. Fun to see the dresses and cracking cases must make you hungry :)… The food looks great..

  146. OOh, that sounds like a lot of fun. It would be great to get a whole bunch as a group together and do it.

  147. I have never been to one. It looks like so much fun!

  148. Your date night sure looks like so much fun! I’m glad you had a wonderful time.

  149. This looks like so much fun! I would love to attend one of these with my husband sometime.

  150. Love the idea of this event and have never been to anything like that

  151. I have always wanted to go to a murder mystery dinner/show. They’ve always sounded like so much fun, and I’m convinced they are after reading this!

  152. My mom and dad used to put on mystery murder dinners and they were a blast

  153. Love this! I’ve always wanted to go to one of these! Looks like so much fun.

  154. That looks like so much fun! And what a great date night. I’ve always wanted to go to one of these.

  155. I’ll have to check out Vimbly, the hubby and I are long overdue for a fun date night!

  156. Omgosh this is so awesome! I would love to go to an event like this one. will look to see if they have one around me..Thanks for sharing

  157. Sounds fun.. I need a date night! I love great foods and great music

  158. This is screaming Robin! I bet you had so much fun. Almost as much fun as IRELAND night out!