Creepy Corner: Spooky Games Edition

Before you know it, you're playing Hide and Seek with a possessed doll.
Publish date:
January 17, 2014
creepy corner, games, bloody mary, spooky

I was never the fun girl at slumber parties, at least when it came to Bloody Mary.

You know how it went. Somewhere around 2 am, after you've watched some terrible horror movie and consumed more sugar than an adolescent ought to consume in a week let alone a night, somebody always HAD to have the bright idea to play a game like Bloody Mary. Everyone would laugh, but there was always that one girl who would say, "Oh come on, I've done it. It's no big deal," and dare us to do it too. Then everyone would squeeze into a darkened bathroom, and amidst nervous giggles and "Shut Up's", recite "BLOODY MARY" quietly, three times.

I'm only privy to the saying of the "Bloody Mary" part from the other side of the bathroom door, because to this day, I have never, and will never play the Bloody Mary game. Yeah, yeah, I know it's probably a bunch of bullshit, but after seeing "Candyman" I just don't want to find for sure.

Like Ouija boards, spooky "summoning" games both scare and fascinate me. Why anybody would want to screw around with something that has even a minuscule chance of being real and/or terrifying is beyond me. But nonetheless, like "Ghost Adventures" and the gluten free cheese and jalapeño bread rolls I'm addicted to while watching "Ghost Adventures" -- I just want more.

Even though you will never ever ever be able to convince me to play some scary game where you spit on an old shoe, turn in a circle without looking over your shoulder, clap three times, then light your hair on fire -- BUT ONLY FOR 3 SECONDS! -- to invoke the spirit of Donkey Dan or whoever, I'll always be game to hear all about the gruesome details of your experience.

And then I won't sleep that night for fear that merely MENTIONING Donkey Dan had summoned him. Summoning games and home invasion. There you have it. Those are my creepy weaknesses.

So for your creep corner pleasure (and any future slumber parties you may attend) here are some spooky games for you to play at your own risk. (Please don't. I'll feel really bad if you get possessed.)


I found this on a site called Really? As I was looking through some of the content, recent posts including "Satanic Spells" and that chilling "Smiling Man" story, I wondered what kind of sick bastard put together a site like this for kids? It was honestly one of the creepier sites I've come across, and that's saying a lot.

Anyway, in the "Ghost Games" section I came across a game called "The Hosting Game." In it the player, alone at night in a pitch dark house, summons a ghostly party.

Preparations: Select one room in your house. The room must be a small, empty room with no windows. It can be a closet, a bathroom or any other type of room. This is the hosting room. From there you turn off all the lights in the house, except for a light in the "hosting room," write a spooky invitation to the ghosts telling them to "bring your friends" and place it in the room.

Next: Stand in the doorway, facing into the hosting room and say, "I am ready. You may come in."

You then shut the door, and stand outside the "hosting room" with three matches, lighting them until one lights on the first try. Once the match lights, stand very still and listen -- you will supposedly hear voices and sounds coming from the "hosting room"! BUT DON'T TURN AROUND! They don't say why not to turn around but apparently IT'S VERY BAD.

To end the game you simply say, "Thank you for coming. Goodbye." Then turn on a light. Game over.


Alright, if "The Hosting Game" is admittedly a little G-rated, I offer you "The Midnight Game." Here's a game that is all over the internet with warnings plastered on every mention, "DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME, but if you want to here's how…"

Come on. "Old Pagan ritual," walking around in the dark with just a candle, staying one step ahead of "The Midnight Man," drawing a circle of salt around yourself for protection? Whether it's tricks of the mind or an actual entity, I'd dare you to not get just the littlest bit freaked out.

Anyway, here's the long and short of the game: It must be exactly 12:00AM when you begin performing the ritual, otherwise it will not work. The materials required include a candle, a wooden door, at least one drop of your own blood, a piece of paper, matches or a lighter, and salt. If you are playing with multiple people, they will all need their own of the aforementioned materials and will have to perform the steps below separately.

Write your full name (first, middle, and last) on a piece of paper and put at least one drop of blood on the same paper. Allow it to soak in. Turn off all the lights in the house. Go to your door and place the paper with your name in front of it. Take the candle and light it.

Afterward, place the candle on top of the paper with your name. Knock on your own door 22 times (the hour MUST be 12:00AM upon the final knock), then open the door, blow out the candle, and close the door. You have just allowed the "Midnight Man" into your home.

Immediately relight your candle. This is where the game begins. You must now lurk around your completely dark house with the lit candle in hand. Your goal is to avoid the Midnight Man at all costs until exactly 3:33 AM. Should your candle ever go out, it is because the Midnight Man is near you. You must relight your candle within the next 10 seconds. If you are unsuccessful in relighting the candle, you must immediately surround yourself with a circle of salt. If you are unsuccessful in both of these, the Midnight Man will induce a hallucination of your greatest fear until 3:33 AM.

If you are successful in relighting the candle, you may proceed. If you are successful in creating the circle of salt, you must remain within the circle until 3:33AM. You must continue until 3:33AM without being attacked by the Midnight Man or being trapped within the circle of salt to win the Midnight Game. The Midnight Man will leave at 3:33 AM and you will be safe to proceed with your morning.

Staying in one spot the entire game will only result in the Midnight Man finding you. It is highly advised you continue moving throughout the game. DO NOT turn on any lights during the Midnight Game. DO NOT use a flashlight during the Midnight Game. DO NOT go to sleep during the Midnight Game. DO NOT use another person's blood on your name. DO NOT use a lighter to substitute for a candle. It will not work. DEFINITELY DO NOT attempt to provoke the Midnight Man in ANY WAY. Happy lurking.

Lastly, if you're still feeling a little frisky after playing with "The Midnight Man," there's always

HITORI KAKURENBO or "Hide and Seek alone."

Basically you slice open a stuffed animal or doll, pull out its guts, replace said guts with rice and fingernail clippings, sew it up with red thread to signify "blood vessels", drown it, stab it (so it knows it's "it" AND has a weapon), and pray it doesn't find you in a screwed up game of Hide and Seek. That's right, you're playing Hide and Seek with a possessed, armed DOLL. If that's not the stuff of nightmares I don't know what is.

Have you, or anybody you know, every played a spooky game? Did anything happen? Know any good scary games? Come on, tell us! It's been a while! See you at 3:33 am.