Weird Paranormal Games to Do at a Party

by Melissa Sherrard
Weird or paranormal games and activities are great for parties.

Weird or paranormal games and activities are great for parties.

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Some party games center around strange or paranormal subjects, which typically aren't topics associated with care-free get-togethers. These paranormal games are a great way to intrigue party-goers, but they can also turn into slightly frightening experiences for the unprepared. So whether you want to entertain teenagers having a sleepover or a group of adult peers at a cocktail party, consider including some of these weird, paranormal party games to keep your guests on the edge of their seats.

Bloody Mary

The party game known as Bloody Mary calls on players to try their hands at summoning the vengeful soul of Mary, a woman whose origins has many possibilities, most notably that of Mary, Queen of Scots. To participate in Bloody Mary, players take turns standing before a mirror or reflective surface, lit only by a candle's flame, and chanting the name "Bloody Mary" three times. This ritual is thought to conjure the gruesome image of a female spirit in the mirror, thus bringing terror or ill fortune to the summoning individual. Variations of this spooky game include the number of times players should call out "Bloody Mary" and whether players should spin or stand still while summoning the spirit.

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board

"Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board" is a mysterious levitation game that teenagers and adults alike can participate in. To play this paranormal party game, one person is either seated in a chair or lying flat on his back; at least four other people should surround this person to form a square (one at the head, one at the feet and two on opposite knees). The participant who is to be levitated must remain still and relaxed, while the people who will lift the participant place two fingers of each hand under that person's body. Next, all participants should close their eyes, concentrate and begin chanting "light as a feather, stiff as a board," and then try to lift the central participant as if he were lighter than air.

Ouija Board

Playing with a Ouija board is perhaps the world's most well-known party game that delves into the realm of the paranormal, and modern versions of traditional "talking boards" are available in virtually every mainstream toy store. Ouija boards typically feature the complete alphabet, the numbers zero through nine as well as the words "yes," "no" and "goodbye." To "play" the Ouija board, players loosely hold on to the pointer, or planchette, with a few fingers and begin to ask simple questions. Answers seem to magically appear as the pointer slides around the board, but whether its motion is propelled by the players or the paranormal is still a matter of debate.

Hold a Séance

Holding a séance, which is a ceremony in which participants endeavor to communicate with the deceased or other spirits, has been a favorite party activity of paranormal enthusiasts for hundreds of years. To begin, participants should choose a neutral location or one that holds a connection with whomever they are trying to contact. Participants should then sit in a circle, close enough to hold hands, and dim the lights. The intended purpose of the séance should be proclaimed clearly by the leading medium (to be determined prior to the sitting), and then all participants should concentrate on allowing thoughts, information and emotions to flow through them and share these experiences with the group. It will be left up to party-goers as to whether the séance was successful or not.

About the Author

Melissa Sherrard acquired her Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Florida in 2007 and has been writing professionally ever since. She also has extensive hands-on experience planning weddings and other private functions. She has created original print materials including announcements, invitations and programs for weddings, corporate events and private functions.

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