The Murder Game is a scary Halloween activity to play at parties. This Halloween game is also known as Wink Death, Wink Killer, Wink Murderer or The Winking Game.
To play the Murder Game, you need at least 4 people, but it is much better to play with as many people as possible.
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is randomly select a murderer and a detective. Take a deck of cards and select one card for each person playing the game. One card should be a Jack and another card should be a King. The rest should be number cards. Shuffle them and give one card to each player. The person with the Jack is the murderer. The person with the King is the detective. Nobody should know who the murderer is.
Step 2: The detective sits in the middle of the floor. Everyone else sits on the floor in a circle around the detective.
Step 3: The murderer has to secretly kill a victim by winking at them. If the murderer winks at you, you have to act out a dramatic death and then lie on the floor for the rest of the game. Pretend you’ve been shot, strangled, stabbed or poisoned and fall down dead. The murderer has to make sure that the detective doesn’t see him winking. Only the murderer is allowed to wink.
Step 4: The detective keeps turning around in the middle of the circle, watching everybody’s eyes. The detective has to catch the murderer winking.
Step 5: The detective has 3 chances to accuse the murderer. If the detective is correct, he wins the game and the murderer becomes the detective for the next round. If the detective is wrong, he remains the detective for the next round.
There is a variation on this game where everyone is the detective. Everyone watches everyone else, trying to catch the murderer. Everyone can accuse someone of being the murderer, but if they guess wrong, they are automatically killed.