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8 Haunting Paranormal Games/Rituals You Can Play With Your Friends

Are you looking for some fun while you’re hanging out with your friends? Do you want to scare them so badly with some haunting rituals that will leave your bones quaking and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? These five games will leave you wanting to do them but also hesitating to actually follow through with them because of how terrifying they actually are.

Origin of Paranormal Games

The origin of haunting paranormal games is believed to be ancient satanic rituals but have been modified after being performed for a hundred of years and took a lesser grim version of the original occult. Rituals were used to summon the Devil, ferocious demons and deadly spirits to spread terror among the humans as well as to worship Satan. Although the rituals where carried out with the uppermost secrecy due to the sacrifices required to summon demonic beings, as years went by some of the rituals would be revealed to some of the public. An as a result of human curiosity the rituals were adapted by certain people as years went by. Until the 19th century, when they took the form of haunting paranormal games which children would play for fun as well as thrill. But the evils that such games have the potential of unveiling is still of the same magnitude.


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Part of the rules for The Midnight Game that can be found online.

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The Midnight Game is the most haunting, most terrifying game out there that a person can play with their friends. Many believe this game to be an old Pagan ritual that was used as a punishment to those who disobeyed the religion.

Posted above is the beginning of the rules, but the others can simply be found online for those who are daring to play this game. The whole point of this game is to summon The Midnight Man at exactly midnight and surviving until 3:33 a.m.

If you survive the game and the time strikes 3:33 a.m., congratulations! You won the game! You have to walk around your house after following the very simple rules that are clearly outlined online and make sure you avoid him at all costs.

People claim that while playing this game, they have experienced hallucinations and are left with mental scars.People also say that if The Midnight Man catches you then he will either send you into a nightmare dimension or will rip your internal organs out. Be careful if you play this game, you may never know who is lurking around the corners of your home, waiting to attack.


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Part of the ritual that people need to do to play the game.

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This game is also called “no sleep” and is extremely popular. This particular game enables the person playing it to go into another dimension. To play this game, the individual needs to play in a large room (preferably the basement) without a single stream of light coming through any doors or windows. A pack of candles, two large mirrors, three chairs and any object from your childhood is needed for this ritual.

You need to set everything up and once it’s complete, leave the door open to the basement and head up to your bedroom. Don’t forget to set your alarm for exactly 3:30 a.m.! If the alarm goes off exactly at 3:30 a.m. and the things in your basement remained as they are, then you can proceed with this game.

To proceed with this game, you need to be seated on your “throne” at exactly 3:33 a.m. with a lighted candle in your hand. DO NOT LET THE CANDLE GO! PROTECT IT FROM A FAN WITH YOUR BODY! When you are seated, look straight into the darkness and DO NOT look into either of the mirrors nor the candle. At this point in this game, you’ll start to feel and hear a presence from somewhere within the room.

People report that it is almost like having a conversation with your conscience or an entity that has manifested as a part of you. This particular entity or conversation will be about your past and the unresolved issues you may have. Some claim that this particular ritual is some kind of psychological experiment that puts you in a lucid dream. How would you feel talking about your past? Do you think this ritual is something that puts you into another dimension or do you think it’s just some type of psychological effect on you?


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Make sure to use an empty elevator like this one to play the game! 

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This particular ritual came from Korea and if this is performed correctly, then it will take you to another dimension by an elevator. To play this game or to conduct this ritual, you will need to find a building that has at least ten floors and has a working elevator. Ensure that no one else will be riding this elevator with you, and then you can proceed with the ritual! Once inside, you will have to do a 4-2-6-2-10-5 combo on the buttons of the elevator.

When it comes time for the elevator to go to the fifth floor, a woman would enter the elevator with you. WARNING: DO NOT SPEAK OR LOOK AT HER! Afterwards press the button for the first floor.

The elevator would begin ascending to the tenth floor inside of going down to the first floor. Once at the tenth floor, you may explore the world that awaits you. Further instructions can be found online and be sure to follow the instructions carefully if you want to have the full experience!

The woman may ask you where you are going but DO NOT ANSWER HER! After walking around in this new world, you may return to the real world by entering the elevator again and using the same combo as before. If you do pass out during this game, you will find yourself inside of your home- but be warned. Everything may not be as it seems.


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This is what the hooded man looks like when people play the game.

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This ritual is similar to the Elevator ritual because it essentially takes you to another world other than ours. For this one, though, you need to perform a cleansing ritual before starting the actual game either burning sage or spreading salt on your front door. When night approaches, make sure you are in a room with a telephone.

From here, you will be making a call for a cab. If succeeded, a black cab parked outside of your house will appear. Exit your house, get into the cab’s back seat (make sure it’s empty!), lock the door behind you, and go to sleep. If awoken and your watch reads exactly 3:30 a.m., then you will find yourself falling asleep for the second time.

When you wake up the second time, you will be on an unfamiliar highway and the Hooded Man will be behind the wheel of the cab. People claim that other passengers have climbed into the back seat with you, but you should never, EVER acknowledge them. If you want your ride to end, whisper to the hooded man that you have reached your destination, you will fall asleep and then wake up in your house.

When you wake up, you will dial a number and say, “Thank you for the ride.” After this, proceed to do another cleansing ritual. People exclaim that you can continue the ride for as long as you want, but caution the ones that want to further it because the world becomes more absurd as the ride goes and in worst-case-scenario situations, some say you may never be able to escape that world anymore.


An old bathtub inside of an old abandoned house.

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Also known as Daruma-san, this game is another ritual from Japan. This particular game involves summoning a ghost that will follow you all day long and attempt to catch you. To do this, you have to go to a bathtub before bed, strip yourself of all of your clothes, fill the tub with water, and turn off all of the lights.

When you get inside of the bathtub, make sure you are facing the faucet. Then, close your eyes and begin to wash your hair while chanting “Daruma-san fell down” over and over again until you are done washing your hair. From there, you will see a mental image of a Japanese woman standing in front of you in the bathtub before she falls on a rusty tap which then goes through her eye.

When you feel a presence near you, ask out loud, “Why did fall in the bathtub?” DO NOT WAIT FOR AN ANSWER! Keep your eyes closed, stand up (carefully) and exit the bathroom with closing the door behind you. Leave the bathwater overnight and get some sleep- that’s where the real game begins! When you wake up, you will feel a presence around you all day.

DO NOT ALLOW HER TO CATCH YOU! Put some distance between you and her by catching her in a glimpse behind your right shoulder and shout, “Kitta!” while doing a karate chop motion with your hand. If you fail to do this properly and fail to catch her before midnight, then you will for sure see her in your dreams.

6. Ouija Board

Some of the top rules of the Ouija board. 

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This is one of the most iconic paranormal games known to man, however, people sometimes don’t realize how dangerous this “game” really is. The Ouija board is used to connect with spirits that have crossed over to the other side, and somehow demons use this board as a way to enter our world and possess the people playing with the board or haunt their homes. Researchers have warned people about the dangers of the Ouija board because of the unknown dimensions we could be releasing into our world. They say if people do play with the Ouija board, then they need to follow the rules of it and should never ask a spirit for proof if they are there.

If you ask the spirit to blow out candles or give you a sign they are here, then you just gave them permission to enter our world. That’s something no one wants to happen because you never know what kind of spirit is going to cross over to our side. If you do “play” with the Ouija board, be careful who you talk to and the questions you ask, but most importantly, make sure you ALWAYS say goodbye when you’re done using it. Not saying goodbye allows the portal to remain open, letting any type of spirit roam into our world.

7. The Closet Game

Make sure your closet is completely dark for this terrifying game. 

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This game has been deemed the scariest of all paranormal games because you are not just summoning a spirit to your house, you’re summoning an actual demon. In order to make this happen, you need to stand inside of a closet and make sure all of the lights are making, meaning you’re in complete darkness. Once you’re in the dark, you need to hold up an unlit match and say “show me the light or leave me in the darkness”. If you hear someone whispering in your ear, light the match immediately, but if you fail to do so, its said that a demon will drag you into a deep, dark abyss that you cannot escape from.

This could also happen if you look around when you hear the whispering instead of lighting the match right away. Once the match is lit, you have to walk out of your closet without looking back. You have to make sure that the match remains lit and that it doesn’t blow out or anything. From that day forward, whenever you go into your closet, you have to make sure that there is a light always on because the demon you had summoned now haunts your closet and waits for the day there is no light to snatch you and bring you to the dark abyss.

8. One Man Hide and Seek

What the doll should look like after you add the rice and red thread to it. 

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This particular game originated in Japan and is originally called the Hitori Kakurenbo. While playing this game, you are playing hide and seek with a spirit possessed baby doll. To do this game, you need to find a babydoll, remove all of the stuffing from the inside, fill it with uncooked rice, and add either your fingernail or a piece of your hair to the inside of the doll. To close the doll up, you need to sew it together with red thread and then wrap the red thread around the doll. The next thing you need to do is name the doll any name you’d like and leave it in a bathtub or basket that is full of water.

After putting the doll in the water, you need to go around your house, turn all of the lights off, fill your mouth with salt water, and return to where you had left the doll. Be warned, though, the doll may not be where you left it. If it is not in the tub, you need to go and look for it and when you find the doll, you need to pour the salt water on it and then burn it. After this, you hide in your house somewhere and wait. People who have played the game claim that you don’t have to wait long because you will soon know that someone is looking for you in your own house.

Though these haunting paranormal games would seem very horrifying, one is somewhat tempted to play this game to see what horrors would be revealed into the realm of reality. One might believe these haunting paranormal games to be just funny games who give a bit of a panic and nothing else, and will be tricked into playing the game; might be the trick of a demon who is hungry for a soul! But one cannot avoid the inescapable.

If you think you have guts in you and mettle in your veins, go ahead and try what pokes your mind. Some of the games can be played easily inside a room like The Three Kings Ritual. Never forget to take the safety measures. Ignoring the rules of a haunting paranormal game is absolutely out of the question, failing to comply with the rules will result in… well, you’ll find it out yourself.

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