Ravenwood Detective Agency
Like every good castle, Ravenwood has its share of intrigue. Over the last few years we’ve even seen more than a few murders. So many, in fact, that we’ve had to form a squad of guests and volunteers to look into them: the Ravenwood Detective Agency.
Join our intrepid detectives as they search for clues, solve puzzles, avoid killers and monsters alike, and endeavor to solve the latest mystery plaguing our erstwhile castle.
Tickets for one of our mystery events are $100, and include dinner Saturday night, breakfast Saturday and Sunday (of course!), and all the mystery and hi-jinks you can handle! Due to the nature of these events, tickets are limited to those staying on site.
Upcoming mystery events are listed below, and stay tuned to our blog Quoth the Raven for announcements of new events!
Anatomy of a Murder Mystery
Our mysteries aren't your typical four hour dinner theater. When you attend one of our events, the mystery starts at dinner Friday night and the final clues aren’t wrapped up until breakfast on Sunday. The intervening 40 hours or so are filled with activity. You will be gathering evidence, searching for clues, solving puzzles, making dead drops, avoiding the killer (unless you ARE the killer!), and a myriad of other activities that you just can’t fit in a box.
Upcoming Mystery Events
Sherlock Holmes and the Steampunk Enigma – Dec 30th & 31st!
The year is 1897 on the Raven's calendar – give or take a century – and Sherlock Holmes is once again on the case. The greatest of all detectives has run afoul of many villains during his career, but none as precise and meticulous as the Steampunk Killer. And now he seems to be back, five years to the day from his original crimes.
Join the Ravenwood Detectives as they journey to a steam powered Victorian-era England to play the role of Watson in this, the case of Sherlock Holmes and the Steampunk Enigma.
Sherlockians and steampunk fans alike will ring out the old and ring in the new with this crossover murder mystery adventure. Steampowered magnifying goggles recommended!
Return of the Night of the Living Dead – Jan 31st & Feb 1st!
Driven from their homes by the outbreak of a mysterious disease which turns its victims into flesh eating monsters, a small party of human survivors have taken refuge in a lonely hilltop castle. It remains to be seen whether they've reached safety – or have walked into a trap – for the surrounding forest is filled with zombies in search of a midnight snack. Our survivors’ only hope is to venture out into the night and find the remains of recent victims. Zombies are messy eaters, and their saliva carries a strange toxin that holds the key to reversing this plague. And as if a zombie outbreak were not enough, one of the survivors has turned up dead inside the castle itself, and signs point to foul play.
Zombies outside the walls, and a murderer inside, is nowhere safe? Are you brave enough to face the Living Dead, and lucky enough to return with a handful of zombie leftovers? Can you cure the plague and solve the mystery? Will you fall victim to the killer, or become one of the walking dead?
Join us January 31st & February 1st for the return of the Night of the Living Dead!
A Case of Bad Magic – March 6th & 7th!
The Ravenwood School of Myth and Magic is a wonderful place. It attracts witches and wizards from the world over - students, professors, and traveling scholars alike. So it was not at all out of the ordinary when a visiting alchemist appeared at the front gates, toting a case full of magical potions and artifacts. The peddler of magical curios had travelled from afar to trade his wares and test some of his newer concoctions.
After classes let out for the day the students descended upon the merchant and his goods. Many left the impromptu market with a new treasure: a shiny new wand, a magical necklace, and many a potion promising a variety of wondrous results. As dusk fell the students returned to their dorms, the peddler was offered a guest room, and the School settled in for the night.
The next morning dawned on a chaotic scene. The student who had purchased the magical necklace found that she could not remove it, and that it was slowly but steadily growing smaller. The shiny new wand had exploded during a simple spell, seriously injuring its purchaser. Several of the potions had made their imbibers frightfully ill throughout the night. Two more students, both of whom had purchased potions, were nowhere to be found – although a new statue had appeared in the courtyard which looked suspiciously like one of them. Worst of all, a fourth year student had been found dead in his room. The cause of death is unknown, and nobody can remember if he had purchased anything from the peddler.
As for the peddler himself, when the faculty arrived to question him they found the guest room empty. Stranger still, it seems that nobody could quite remember the traveler’s name, where he’d said he was from, or even precisely what he looked like.
Just what was in that traveling peddler’s trunk? Can the lingering ill effects be reversed in time to save the endangered students? Perhaps most importantly, is this a case of intentional sabotage and murder, or just a Case of Bad Magic?
The Ravenwood Detective Agency is calling all agents, witches and wizards, novice and veteran alike to investigate. Join us March 6th & 7th for A Case of Bad Magic as our agents once again return to the world of wizardry!
Midnight Garden of the Living Dead - March 13th & 14th
Over the past several years the grounds of Ravenwood Castle have seen more than their fair share of undead. Sure, every remote castle has the occasional zombie problem, but Ravenwood Castle has been the site of repeated outbreaks, with wandering zombies sporadically infesting the nearby trails, the woods around the castle, and even the castle itself. The castle’s residents had thought they’d seen it all. That is, until the very grounds themselves succumbed to the undead plague!
It started with a sudden overgrowth of poison ivy and toxic mushrooms, which choked off the trails surrounding the castle. Groundskeeping teams dispatched to correct the issue returned shaken and spooked, reporting strange sights and sounds. Some of the groundskeepers even swore that the plants were following them as they made their rounds.
The troubles soon spread to the castle’s gardens. Castle residents awoke one spring morning to find the gardens – neatly trimmed the night before – tangled, overgrown, and infested with the rarely seen Venomous Tentacula.
The loss of the castle’s hedge maze was the final straw. One day an unidentified growth appeared in the center of the maze. From the castle ramparts the oversized plant could be seen swaying in the wind… which was particularly concerning as there was no wind that day. The Head Groundskeeper set off into the maze to investigate and remove the invasive growth. Shortly after his departure a bloodcurdling scream was heard from the maze, and the Head Groundskeeper has not been seen since.
The Ravenwood Detective Agency is calling all agents, veteran and novice alike to investigate this horticultural nightmare. Join us March 13th & 14th for the return of the Midnight Garden of the Living Dead!
The twisted minds at the Shadow Stalkers and Ravenwood Castle are always coming up with new themes to challenge the sleuths of the Ravenwood Detective Agency. Here's just a few of the mysteries our guests have faced to date!
Trail of the Living Dead
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Deadly Hand
The Killers Grimm (Dark Fairy Tales)
Sherlock Holmes and the Steampunk Killings
Murders in Masquerade (Classic Mystery)
Murders Outside of Time (Time Travel)
Young Frankenshteen (Mel Brooks)
The Night of the Living Dead (Zombies!)