I love a good Halloween party. The costumes, the spooky refreshments, and of course, the games!
I think we all know about Bloody Mary and Light as a Feather Stiff as a Board, but you know how I like to stretch your knowledge, it must be the teacher in me! Here are five lesser-known spooky games you can try for yourself. Play at your own risk, however. I don’t claim any responsibility for your safety!
Sweet Tooth Gnome
The worst thing that can happen with this game is that a gnome will come and nibble at your chocolate bar. Personally, I don’t like to share my chocolate bar, so, no thank you. Furthermore, where does the little bugger go after he helps himself? Is he now loose in your house to nibble on other things? Like your hair in the middle of the night? Again, no thank you.
- In a room with a ceiling light, place a mirror on the floor directly under the light, so the light is reflected in the mirror
- Suspend the chocolate from the light with a long string so that it is dangling just above the mirror
- Everyone sits down in a circle around the mirror
- One person should then pose with scissors ready to cut the string
- One person turns off the light and quickly rejoins the circle
- The scissor holder cuts the string (you should hear the chocolate bar hit the mirror)
- Everyone chants “ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Tooth, Please come” three times
- Everyone must remain completely still and silent and wait, soon you will hear a rustling sound (that’s the gnome unwrapping the chocolate)
- When the rustling stops, count to ten
- You may now turn the light back on
You will see that the gnome has either eaten some of the chocolate, left teeth marks where he nibbled, or possibly leave more chocolate behind.
If you don’t mind being scratched by a ghost or possible demon cat, then this is the game for you! I mean, who doesn’t love evil unseen claws drawn across your tender flesh?
- Two players, player one lies down with their head in the lap of player two
- Player two gently caressing player one’s temples while telling this story (there are a couple of different versions, but I like this one):
“You are walking down a darkened road. You are alone with only the light of the moon to guide your way. Dark and lonely woods line each side of the road. Dry leaves rustle in the wind and the gravel crunches under your feet. You see a shadow moving in the trees. You hear something rustling in the underbrush. You pick up your pace, desperate to get past the woods. Then you see it. A dark shape of a large cat. Glowing red eyes focus on you. You run, but the demon cat chases you and jumps on you. It scratches you. One. Two. Three. Cat scratch, cat scratch, cat scratch!”
- The person sits up as the story-teller lifts the back of their shirt. Red claw marks will appear!
No, not the cute grammatically talented spider (did I just say cute in reference to a spider?). The name refers to the ghost of a little girl named Charlotte whose mother was supposedly hanged as a witch. If Charlotte likes your token, you will get the nice Charlotte. If she hates your offering, or you, you will get the bad Charlotte. According to players who have gotten the bad Charlotte, you don’t want her, at all.
- Find a dark room with a large mirror
- Place two chairs facing the mirror with some space between them
- Place a table behind the chairs
- Put your token offering (a toy for a girl) on the table. Be sure you can see it in the mirror when you and your fellow player are seated in the chairs
- Together, say: We Want to Play Charlotte’s Web
- You may hear her moving around the room
- You may see her take the toy in the reflection
- Together say: Goodbye Charlotte
- Whatever you do, don’t turn around during this game, you aren’t allowed to look anywhere except at the mirror. If bad Charlotte shows up and throws a tantrum, well, I did say to play at your own risk!
The Midnight Game
Remember playing hide-and-seek? A little tame for you? How about hide-and-seek with an entity who, if he finds you, will either trap you in a hallucination of your worst nightmare or rip your guts out? Now that’s a whole new level of motivation! This game takes real commitment, all night kind of commitment.
- Turn off all the lights in your house and stand at your front door.
- Write your full name on a piece of paper
- Prick your finger and put a drop of your blood on the paper
- Place the paper on the ground just outside the front door.
- Place a candle on top of the paper and light it (adult supervision please)
- Close the door
- At precisely the stroke of midnight, knock on your front door 22 times, you must have completed the knocking before the clock reads 12:01 am.
- Open the front door and blow out the candle
- Bring the candle inside and immediately relight it, you have just invited the Midnight Man into your house!
- Now you move around your house with the candle to light your way, hoping to avoid the Midnight Man.
- If your candle goes out, it means that the Midnight Man is near. If you can relight it within 10 seconds, you are safe and can continue to move around to avoid him. If not, your only hope is to surround yourself with a circle of salt where you must remain until 3:33 am. Otherwise, he’s got you! If you make it to 3:33 am without having to resort to salt, you win…I guess!
- During the playing of this game, you may also feel cold spots, hear whispering, or see the shadowy figure of the Midnight Man in the darkness!
The idea of summoning ‘who knows what’ not appeal to you? That’s ok; I have a game for you. This one isn’t real spirit communications; it’s just to scare your friends. Why? Because it’s fun!
- Gather everyone around a table or sit in a circle on the floor.
- Hang a bottle cap from string to use as the pendulum (unbeknownst to the crowd, you have placed a tiny piece of tape or other sticky substance to the bottom of the bottle cap and layered it in sugar before hand).
- Light a candle and hold the pendulum just above the candle flame by the end of the string.
- Tell your victims that back and forth means a yes answer and around in a circle means no.
- Have them ask the “spirit” questions and watch the pendulum move
- Move the pendulum closer and closer to the flame until it is passing through the flame. Do this a little at time, so the victims don’t notice.
- Eventually, the sugar will catch fire and send out a burst of flames scaring everybody!
If my sister and cousins are reading this, now they know I’m a fake!
If you play one of these games or have one of your own, feel free to post in the comments! I hope everyone has a spooky, fun, and delicious Halloween. Until next time, Never Turn off the Lights!