Who Killed the Turkey? It’s Your Family’s Clue Game Holiday

Looking for ways to unplug during Thanksgiving weekend? Pull out a classic family board game and make it yours as never before.

Customize the Game
Already a family favorite, Clue can be customized to include family-centric plots, inside jokes and Thanksgiving themes. Where there’s a “lull” on Thanksgiving itself (especially if you have bored pre-teens!) put people to work on:

  • Re-labeling rooms on the game board to match those in your home using small sticky notes

  • Replacing game cards to change names of characters and weapons

Alternatively, young game-changers could create and test a whole new game board – here’s some help.

There are two goals. One is to personalize the new Clue to the family members who are spending time together on Thanksgiving weekend. The other is to make the game Thanksgiving-funny. Here are a few examples:

  • One of the rooms in the new game is the dog’s house

  • Characters Peacock, Plum and Green become Turkey, Pilgrim and Gravy

  • Murder weapons such as pipe and dagger become pie lifters and ladles

Create a Game Space
No matter the degree of Clue customization – or none at all – a nice game space is all the more inviting. If you already have a game room, that’s great. If not, try to designate an area of the house that can function as one for the whole weekend without being dismantled, so the family can keep coming back to it.

Sometimes space and seating can become scarce, especially when extended family and the kids’ friends come visiting, so try to be open to novel approaches such as setting up camp furniture in the garage.

Cozy up the game space with Thanksgiving party supplies such as a table cover, pumpkin paper lanterns and leaf cutouts, and put up a Paste Your Face turkey standee for taking photographs of game winners and “victims” for a silly keepsake of a family gathering they’ll remember for years.

When using other rooms in the house to search for clues, be sure to designate them in advance, and label the doorways wherever necessary.

Other Ways to Get a Clue
Perhaps you’ll be keeping to the old-fashioned way to play Clue, and/or planning a screening of the movie during Thanksgiving weekend, and/or you just like the look! In those cases we recommend checking out the Clue-themed game decorations and favors in our Game Night collection for adding just the right touches to your Thanksgiving Clue game holiday.

Thanksgiving Activities, Games, and Prizes

Thanksgiving Party Entertainment Ideas 

Before you know it, turkey day will be here and you might be the one in charge of entertaining friends and family on this beloved American holiday. Luckily, there are plenty of fun activities, games and prizes that can keep your guests entertained long after a big Thanksgiving dinner.  Plan to donate some of your time to benefit others, too!

Thanksgiving Theater Games

Do you have aspiring child actors in the family? Not only will the dramatic love creating their own stick puppets, but they’ll also relish coming up with a Thanksgiving play. Use the puppets as a learning tool about what happened on the first Thanksgiving when the pilgrims arrived in America. Even adults can get in on the fun and can take turns presenting their puppets to show the children what they know about the first Thanksgiving.

Free Thanksgiving Games

Adults and children will get a kick out of playing Thanksgiving charades, but keep things interesting and go beyond the usual Thanksgiving symbols like turkey, pilgrims and Native Americans. Have each person in the group come up with five things they are thankful for and write each on a separate slip of paper. Put all the papers in a bowl, mix them up, and have players take turns acting out whatever they pull out of the bowl. As a bonus, see if anyone can guess who was thankful for that particular thing.

Deliver holiday gifts.

Turkey Pins

Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like a turkey. Imagine a craft your guests can make and keep for Thanksgiving celebrations for years to come. Combine foam, feathers and googly eyes to create miniature turkey pins. Have extra glue, glitter, and sequins around for those who wish to add a little sparkle to their turkeys. For personalized turkey pins, cut out pictures you have of your guests and paste their faces on the pins.


This activity will get adults and children thinking about what they are most thankful for. After a delicious Thanksgiving meal, have each person say why they are thankful for the person to their right. Then, have everyone around the table name something they are specifically thankful for in the current year. Make it a Thanksgiving tradition and have someone serve as the designated “record keeper.” Each year, pull out the record of what everyone has been thankful for and enjoy reminiscing about Thanksgivings from past years.

Thanksgiving Football Fun

Not everyone wants to watch football all afternoon on Thanksgiving weekend, so make sure your guests have plenty of opportunities to participate in football-themed activities and games. Besides playing traditional touch-football in the yard, family and friends will get a kick out of a flick football game. This is a game that can be played inside if the fall air has gotten too chilly for a full-sized game outdoors.

Donate prizes and knick-knacks.

Thanksgiving Prizes- Don’t send them home empty-handed

Who had the best pumpkin pie this year? Who won charades? Did grandpa correctly predict the scores of the Thanksgiving Day football games? Don’t let anyone go home empty handed! A good host will find plenty of reasons to award prizes to each guest at their Thanksgiving party. Personalized items to commemorate the day always make for a special prize, as well as goodie bags. Fill orange and brown gift bags with candy and tie with Thanksgiving-themed ribbon.

Give Back to Those in Need

After giving thanks for all the fun you had playing games and working on activities together, donate your favors, toiletries, and nick knacks to Operation Christmas Child or another charitable organization.  Spread Thanksgiving love and well being to others!


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