Two Hull entrepreneurs have conjured up a novel and spooky treat for children, young people and fantasy fiction fans who will be missing out on Trick or Treat this Halloween.
Mystery Mail, a new concept from the team behind Escape Room Hull, offers players a place at Wizard School with the potential to become the next Sorcerer’s Apprentice, if they can solve the riddles and cryptic tasks enclosed in their intriguing envelope.
The initiative was launched during lockdown in response to the increased demand for home-based activities and has been a hit with those seeking to send thoughtful gifts through the post for special occasions, as many traditional celebratory parties have been cancelled or postponed. In addition to the ‘School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ game, the company offers a ‘Catch Me If You Can’ murder mystery thriller and is also currently developing a festive game for the forthcoming Christmas market.
Players receive a mysterious envelope in the post, containing a greeting card and the ‘immersive experience’ of a gripping story, a series of puzzles to solve and a handful of cryptic clues to get their minds ticking. Solving the brainteasers not only unravels the exciting conclusion to the story but also provides a secret password to access a personalised online message from the sender.
With many young terrors missing out on Halloween parties and Trick or Treat activities this year, the games offer some timely spooky fun whilst also stimulating their grey matter. The Mystery Mail team are even currently offering five free games via a competition on their Facebook page, with winners receiving their special gift in time for 31st October.
Matt Elms, co-creator of Mystery Mail said:
“This is a great opportunity to send family or friends a personalised, innovative and interactive gift that combines a traditional greeting card with a brainteasing puzzle and a surprise finale. The packs are ideal for birthdays and other special occasions, but this Witchcraft and Wizardry game fits the Halloween theme perfectly and offers an activity to those who might otherwise be missing out.”
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Mystery Mail games retail at £9.99 including free first class postage
The Halloween competition is available Mystery Mail Facebook page and offers five free games to those commenting on the competition post, with winners announced on 23/10/2020 - https://www.facebook.com/mysterymailuk
Images attached show the pack received by players.