Theatre: Pre-meditated murder planned in Grand Lake |

Theatre: Pre-meditated murder planned in Grand Lake

Was it Colonel Mustard with the lead pipe in the billiards room or one of your friends and neighbors, with a fork in the kitchen of The Bears Den?

Patrons, 18 and older, are invited to find the answer at The Bears Den and Paws Pub in Grand Lake as they enjoy gathering clues for a Murder Mystery Dinner Oct. 27 in Grand Lake. There are seven spots left, with a possible second evening ready to be scheduled if interest allows.

The Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner kicks off the evening, with regular plated dinner service starting at 5 p.m. The cost is $40 and there is a cash bar. Reservations are required.

The event, titled “Immortal Murders,” takes place at a ballroom party, where the guests are dressed up in costume.

The dinner is a sit-down service, with appetizers, tea, coffee, or soft drinks, and “Vampire” pork “with Eye of Newt and things like that,” said Vickie Johnson, the restaurant’s co-owner with her husband, B.J.

The two, who have owned the business for three years now, are big fans of Murder Mystery Dinners and went to them “every chance we could.” It also helps that Vickie is a skilled costume designer “on the side.” She said she must have almost 250 costumes, which are available for loan for the Bears Den parties.

Join in the fun or come later on for an adult costume party, which starts at 9 p.m. The costume contest offers many prizes. The first three best-dressed party-goers receive $200 cash (first place), $100 gift card (second place), and third place receives a $50 gift card.

Awards are also given to participants of the Murder Mystery Dinner. Someone will receive a Best Actor Award and Best Costume Award.

“It’s kicked off real big,” Vickie said of the program, noting that 400 participants showed up for last year’s Halloween event in 2006. “It’s good, clean fun.”

This is the second year The Bears Den and Paws Pub has been hosting monthly murder mystery dinners. They last about three hours, are offered October through May, and can host up to 22 people.

The business is also open to providing custom, private murder mystery dinners.

Previous popular themes include the Wild West, the 1950s, and “Who Killed Santa Claus,” which is set for an encore in December. Call (970) 627-3385 for dinner reservations or more information.

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