This year for our holiday party, we surprised everyone with an Escape from New York Escape room at @LaTriceJ’s house. @JoeyScoma was (of course) Snake Plissken, @Trisha was the crazy guy who carries around the President’s finger and told people the rules and objectives, @LaTriceJ was the Duke, and I was a stunningly handsome Bob Hauk (in a bald cap and mustache).
We said that Air Force One had crashed into Sherman Oaks, and everyone had one hour to solve all the puzzles in the house to find the President, the tape with the nuclear info on it, Snake’s pardon, and the antidote for Snake (if you’ve seen the movie, these things make sense).
We did different rooms of the house up like different locations in the movie: Police HQ, Air Force One, The Theatre, The Lab, and The Streets, and filled each room with 6 or 7 different puzzles which would, if solved correctly, would lead guests to a piece they would need to escape!
The Theater, for example, was @LaTriceJ’s living room. She has a lovely room with a sofa, a fire place, and a piano. It was beautifully decorated for the holiday.
On the wall, we hung pictures of characters from the movie Walk the Line. Different shoes hidden around the room matched different characters ie: blue sued shoes for Elvis, sequined high heels for June etc. If you found all the shoes and put them in order under the character’s pictures, letters on the soles said “Put your feet up but be sure to take off your shoes.”
This led guest to the ottoman. Inside was a lockbox with the word “Help” on the outside.
On the mantle were rolls of raffle tickets and a blank crossword puzzle. On the backs of the tickets were crossword clues that if put into the puzzle spelled “CURTAIN”. Taped to the back of the curtains was a small key.
Under the Christmas tree was a locked Ukulele case. The key from behind the curtain opened the case. Inside were cut up lines of sheet music.
On the end table was a scrap book. Inside were pictures of famous theatres from around the world and an envelope of names and addresses. One number in each address was highlighted. If guests matched the names and addresses to correct the correct theatres and looked at the highlighted numbers, it gave them the code: 3417.
Hidden in the sofa cushions was a four digit hide-a-key. If guests plugged in 3417 into said hide-a-key, it opened, and gave them more pieces of sheet music.
If the guests arranged the sheet music, they got “The Entertainer”. If they played it on the piano, the last note sounded funny. Something was taped to the string in the piano… Another little key!!
That key opened the lock box from the ottoman, and inside was THE PRESIDENT!!
Each room had puzzles like this, and the 30 or so guests of the party worked in groups and solved them all. They escaped, the President was freed, and Snake was given the antidote and was pardoned.
Below is a picture of the President’s finger. Inside it was a clue that started the whole game. It was my very favorite prop, and @Trisha keeps it on her desk.
Sorry for my novella of a post here, but it was a fun night and @Trisha, @LaTriceJ and I worked hard, so I wanted to tell you all about it!
Go watch Escape from NY so I can say this post was in fact about a movie!