Here’s how it works
Each monthly box is referred to as an episode. The first season, creepily titled The Woods, has five episodes in total. Inside, you’ll find clues, letters, ciphers, and other bizarre things that will walk you through the story line. You’ll investigate, decode, and research to try to make sense of the paranormal mystery as it unfolds.
Being a subscription box, you’ll pick your payment plan and an episode box will arrive on your doorstep each month.
I got to check out the first two episode boxes of The Woods early and wasted no time diving right in. First thing to note, the packaging was amazing and I was like a kid on Christmas opening the box up and looking through the contents.
Episode One introduces you to the story with a couple of letters, a ciphered message, some sage, and a few other items I’ll let you discover on your own. Just to tell you the level of crazy I am about these things, I took notes on everything I read, fact-checked using Google, and just in case there was a clue hidden inside the sage bushel, I broke it open. Spoiler alert: There is no Da Vinci Code surprise inside–don’t bust it open.
Once I started reading through the materials from the box, it became clear quite quickly the nature of the mystery. It actually made me feel a bit eerie as I immersed myself in it. A+, Empty Faces, for making me feel the vibe you intended to put out. I had to close the blinds and turn on an extra light.
The cipher was fun, albeit too easy. There’s a key of sorts that will help you break the cipher (you’ll know what I mean). Don’t use it. Kick the challenge up a notch and solve it without any assistance.
The story continues with Episode Two, taking you deeper into the mystery and really pushing the paranormal out there. You get new letters, items, and clues to dig through that build upon the first episode. At this point, I was all-in. It’s pretty addicting once you start digging into everything.
To buy or not to buy?
If you enjoyed Hunt A Killer and love horror and mystery, 100% yes. It’s a great way to take some time to yourself and use the detective skills you earned after binge-watching Criminal Minds for the third time. These boxes also make an incredibly unique gift (and they make that option easy on their site).
My only gripe is that I wanted the rest of the episodes right away. It felt weird to leave things open-ended after spending so much time with the boxes. But then again, I am someone who devours things of this nature like a kid in a candy shop. I am definitely excited to finish The Woods story, though. I just need to know what is going on!
If you’re ready to jump head first into Empty Faces, head here to prove you aren’t too afraid to take on the challenge.
Once you’re all set up and you receive your first box, you can join the private Facebook group where you can chat with other subscribers about the case.
Cold Case Foundation x Hunt A Killer
This is a little side note, but one I had to mention being a true crime lover. Hunt A Killer has partnered with the Cold Case Foundation, a real non-profit organization that helps to solve cold cases and also gives support to the families of the victims. For every Hunt A Killer box mailed, they donate part of the proceeds to the foundation. How cool is that?