Getting into the spirit of October it is time for some spooky fun. Where some like to go into haunted houses for a good scare I like to read stories and watch horror movies. However, there are some people who like to push the limits a little further. I am not talking about the new creepy clown craze that’s going on right now but in superstitious games. Read on for a list of the most dangerous games you should not play for Halloween unless you’re feeling particularly daring.
Due to these games being considered risky I’m going to also rate them with a risk and reward system. Beliefs in the supernatural or superstitions should stop anyone from playing these games. This list of games are not suppose to be played, period. This list is far more dangerous than playing Bloody Mary in the school bathroom!
The listed games all share a common theme. Played at night, they deal with ghosts, and they are intended to scare. You can find more games like this from creepypasta wiki or theghostinmymachine.wordpress.com. These are just a few of my favorites.
Have you ever wanted to host a party filled with guests but just don’t have anyone who wants to come over? With this game you can invite the dead to come hang out with you! Is there anything scarier than feeling a presence but not being able to see it? (The answer is yes — clowns). The hosting game is a game that you play alone in a dark room. Alone. By yourself. No one else. Except for your dead guests, that is. You will need:
Dark room with no windows/covered windows.
Piece of paper.
Analog watch or clock. Nothing digital. Apparently spirits don’t like cell phones.
First, you’ll want to go about your home and turn off everything. The house should be completely dark. The hosting game has an interesting ritual to it that I find entertaining. Going into your hosting room you turn on a light and place your piece of paper on a table. Then you leave your hosting room, go to the far other end of your home and call out that you will be ready soon! Head back to your hosting room and write on your piece of paper that your guests are invited, along with your name and a time frame that you will be hosting your new guests. Keep your piece of paper in the center of the room and then head to the door. Inform your guests aloud that you’re ready and that they are invited to come in.
Now for the good part. Turn your back to the door so you are facing the inside of your hosting room and turn off the lights. Out loud count to 10 and the strike your first match. If the match lights thank your guests for coming. Keep the match lit until you cannot let it burn any longer. If the match doesn’t light then keep going.
Remember not to look back at the door. Strike your second match and repeat as you did for the first match, greeting your guests and thanking them for coming. If the match does not light keep on going.
Now for the third match. If the match lights then thank your guests, count to 10 and listen while your match burns. It is said you should hear noises or feel a presence. When the time is up for your hosting then thank your guests for coming and bid them adieu. Turn on the lights and your game is over. However, if the third match does not light then you have uninvited guests. Turn on the light as fast as you can without looking back behind you. Don’t hesitate. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your uninvited guests have left but it does end the game. Have a priest come by and bless your house or use a sage stick if the third match doesn’t light.
The reward for this game is a simple one; company comes so you don’t feel lonely. There is a definite creep factor as you cannot tell if your mind is playing tricks on you or if you truly do feel a presence if your matches light. Risk is the possibility for a haunting on your hands. Nobody wants their life to be like The Conjuring so be sure to do a cleansing ritual.
One game that should not be played but is creepy enough that it makes the list is the Three Kings. If talking to spirits directly is something that you have always wanted to do then this is that game. Again, forget Bloody Mary. She’s got nothing on this game. Here are a few items that you will need:
Yourself – you are the one playing after all.
A buddy – someone who is usually very punctual in life.
3 chairs – there’s three kings, you don’t expect them to stand do you?
2 mirrors – how else do you expect to see the other 2 kings?
Windowless room – keeps you free from distractions.
Find out more details HERE.
For all the details be sure to check out the link above since the beginning of the game is very detailed. Setting up is part of whether or not you actually play the game. Anything goes wrong with the set-up for the game and it is important to stop from proceeding. However if you are able to continue then get ready for the interesting part.
During the game of the three kings you sit in a chair with two chairs on either side of you. Both chairs are holding mirrors and you are to face forward. Do not look at either mirror, you might not like what you see. Be careful, if you look into one of the mirrors a spirit could take possession of your body.
During this game you may ask questions and one of the entities in the mirrors may answer your questions. Although the name of the game is three kings there is actually only one king. The other two are the queen and the fool. It is up to you to figure out who is who, since they may give you conflicting answers to your questions. Will you believe the fool or the queen? What might surprise you is that you might be the fool all along.
The reward to this game is answers to questions — not necessarily correct answers but they will be answers nonetheless. As any game there is risk as well. The risk may be possession or hauntings. Any other risks haven’t been notated but then again dead men tell no tales, right?
Out of all 4 games listed in this post the man in the fields has by far the best reward system in place. Like with anything with great reward comes great risk as well. Personally this is my favorite of all the games as it has just the right amount of creepy especially for Halloween! The tale goes that pagans long ago and was considered devil worship. Being able to play this game is a little tricky geographically. Living on the countryside with a lot of land is the best place to play. Here’s what you need:
Candle or lantern.
Just like all the other games this is played at night. Roughly before midnight is when you want to begin this game. Keep your crucifix on your person, be sure there is no one in your home, and take your light source into the backyard with you. Repeat 7 times, “But who will scare the crows away?” after the 7th time you should hear a voice behind you utter, “That’s not your biggest problem.” The game is beginning.
Go inside and pick a safe room. Notice that everything in your home is open. Literally, everything. Go to your safe room and put your crucifix next to the door and start closing everything in that room. Close everything in your home before the clock strikes midnight.
It is important that during this game you do not look in the backyard. Occasionally you may see a man in your peripheral view who acts as the referee during this game. He is not the man in the fields and he will cause you no harm but do not look at him.
If there is just no helping it and you don’t have the willpower to not look in the backyard, then run to your safe room. The man in the fields will know that you looked and he will be coming for you. Go to your safe room, hold your cross, and pray until 6AM the next morning. If you manage not to look out into the backyard during the game and you successfully close everything in your home then good for you!
Close everything and go to bed to get some sleep. If you wake up in the morning then you won the game. Leaving anything open in the house when time is up be sure to go to your safe room and hope the man in the fields does not get in. Tale speaks of him being headless and will want only one thing from you — your pretty little head.
Frankly, the risk that you run into is beheading. Death is a pretty major risk if you ask me! However, there are three different rewards depending on the time you give yourself for the game. Playing the game in 3 hours and winning, you will have perfect health for one whole calendar year. Taking 2 hours to play the game and winning, you will have perfect health and be financially stable for one calendar year. The highest and riskiest reward though is if you give yourself 1 hour to play the game. Rewarded with a calendar year with no negative effects on you at all. Think of it as being the luckiest person in the world for an entire calendar year.
Very easy to see why this pagan ritual would be seen as devil worship. Correctly playing the game, the pagans would be granted incredible luck. So the question is: do you feel lucky?
Back in 2007 this game started popping up in Japanese culture but it wasn’t until 2008 that the rules became available in English. This game has been written about on different sites with people’s “experience” after playing this game. This game can only be played if you are truly alone. Generally the rules are the same but some differences are listed depending on what site you check (some say lock all the doors and windows in your house while others say leave them unlocked for a quick escape) I am going to post the items that every site can agree on.
You will need:
Stuffed doll – nothing that looks human as the spirit may not leave it. Opt for a stuffed animal that you’re not particularly fond of.
Need & red thread – this will bind the spirit to the stuffed toy since the red thread signifies blood vessels.
Rice – used to stuff the toy.
Fingernail clipping – gross, I know. There has to be some piece of you to add to the toy. Blood is a definite NO, but you could use some hair. Fingernail clippings are the most popular in all the text that I have read.
Knife/scissors – this item differs depending on where you read the rules. They both serve the same purpose.
Glass & salt water – ever see Supernatural? Salt is supposedly a deterrent for spirits.
Name for the doll – a name that does not belong to anyone you know. Possessing your friend’s mom wouldn’t be a good idea, would it?
Hiding place – you want to know where you’re hiding before you start the game.
Basic synapse of the game is to play hide and seek with a spirit that is attached to the doll of your picking. Taking out all of the stuffing you replace it with the fingernail clipping and rice, then sew the doll shut with the red thread. When ready to begin the game you stab the doll and proclaim out loud that you found the doll. You have the next turn and must hide. When hiding in your spot keep a mouthful of salt water to prevent yourself from being possessed.
When I first read of this game I thought it was really creepy. In fact, I read fictional stories about what happened while playing hide and go seek alone. The fictional stories creeped me out more than the actual game did. What makes this a scary game is the fact you’re hiding from a stuffed toy, quietly in a dark closet with a mouthful of salt water. It is your imagination that makes it terrifying.
Heed caution, it is stated that if the doll finds you before you end the game it may hurt you. Do not leave the knife/scissors with the doll when you go to hide. Obviously the risk to playing this game is scaring yourself and possible harm from a possessed doll if you believe in that sort of thing. Reward? Don’t really see one.
So what games will you be playing this Halloween? Are you a risk taker who wants to see how far you can push the limits by playing with ghosts or is bobbing for apples more your scene? The only risky game I’ll be playing this Halloween is “how-many-pumpkin-spiced-lattes-is-too-many”?