Jinkies, a New Mystery to Solve for Family Fun Night

Thank you Warner Bros Consumer Products for sponsoring this post. Grab the family, turn down the lights, and activate the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater skill on your Amazon Alexa enabled device by saying “Alexa, open Scooby-Doo” and away you go! Gather ‘Round. Get Solving.

Looking for a new kind of family fun night? Back in the day families would sit around the radio to hear stories like mysteries read to those listening. This storytelling has gotten a modern upgrade with the new Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater. Your family gets to choose how this story will be told with the help of your Amazon Alexa. It is an immersive storytelling and voice technology experience unlike any other. It’s a new form of entertainment that does not require a screen or even a game board to play. We brought our Amazon Echo into the dining room and gathered round to hear (and guide) the story.

More about the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater  skill for Amazon Alexa

Set in the form of a choose your own story, your kids can flex their imaginations to select where the story goes and which character you want to hear. Depending on your path, there are numerous storyline combinations with hours of storytelling! Jinkies that is not even the coolest part! This skill brings the actual voice cast of Scooby-Doo and the Gang together to tell the story for you with the help of a narrator.

After you’ve enabled the skill for your Amazon Alexa you can jump right into this fun new experience just by saying, “Alexa, tell Scooby-Doo we’ve got a mystery to solve!” You can also just say “Alexa, open Scooby-Doo,” as long as you say Scooby-Doo it will catch it! I love how Alexa tells you that she is scared of ghost stories, so she is going to sit this one out. The narrator takes over and explains how the skill works and how to play along. There is an audible sound to let you know when you will need to make a decision to progress in the story. If the answer wasn’t clear, he will ask again. If you don’t answer anything at all, he will take a step back and repeat a little of the story so that you can catch up and make a choice.

Turn up the fun

While we were listening to the story, we built a fun Mystery Machine from Revell complete with a few characters. You can’t have a true mystery without some Scooby Snacks either. Here are some spooky food ideas for your family fun night.

There are some fantastic printables that you can download from the Scooby-Doo site to make your new family night a huge hit. They have crafts, coloring pages, and more to choose from to add to the fun.

The girls really enjoyed the storytelling experience and can’t wait to try it again in a different order to see how the story turns out. I love what this technology could mean for the future of storytelling as well. Being able to sit down and listen together and see the excitement on the kid’s faces when something fun happens in the story is great. The Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater is perfect for Halloween spooky storytelling!

Explore the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater Skill for Amazon Alexa to find out more.

Visit Amazon.com/ScoobyDoo for a great selection of Scooby-Doo products!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle. Buy me a coffee

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