7 Spooky Activities for Your Next Sleepover or Party

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It’s the weekend! You and your friends have been planning a long overdue get together, and you want to make it count.

Instead of the usual pillow fights, truth or dare, spin the bottle, and prank phone calls … we have a better idea.

Turn your sleepover into a spooky night. Spooky entertainment doesn’t have to be limited to Halloween. We promise you’ll be too scared and excited to sleep!

Here are our recommendations:

1. Use an Ouija Board

Ouija boards have been around for centuries, and their popularity has only grown in recent years. So what are they, and how do they work?

Ouija boards are essentially just boards with letters and numbers on them. Users place their fingers on a planchette, or pointer, and ask it questions. The planchette then moves around the board, spelling out answers.

Some people believe that the Ouija board is a portal to the spirit world, and that the spirits of the dead can use it to communicate with the living. Others believe that the Ouija board is just a game, and that the movements of the planchette are just the result of subconscious movements by the players.

Whatever you believe, there’s no denying that Ouija boards are fascinating, and can be a lot of fun to use. If you’ve never tried one, why not give it a go?

Here are some tips on how to use a Ouija board at your next sleepover:

  1. Choose a quiet, dark room to use the board in. This will help set the mood and make the experience more intense.
  2. Place the board on a flat surface. Everyone should sit around the board, with their fingertips resting lightly on the planchette.
  3. Ask the board a question. The group should focus on the question and try to keep their minds as open as possible.
  4. Wait for the planchette to move. Once it starts moving, spell out the answer to the question.
  5. When you’re done, thank the board and put it away.

Ouija boards can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to be respectful of the spirits you’re communicating with. Follow these tips and you’re sure to have a spooky good time!

Here’s a retelling from Paranormal Witness of an ouija game gone wrong.

2. Two-sentence horror stories

“You begin tucking your kid into bed and they tell you, “There’s a monster under my bed.” When you look underneath your kids lets out a scream as something pulls you inside.”

-underthebed

Didn’t that send chills down your spine? Some of these 2-sentence horror stories prove that less is more. A good author lets your imagination fill in the terrifying details. Some of them are so dark you’ll want to keep the lights on. 

If you are interested in these short scary stories, check out this reddit page.

For a more immersive experience, listen to the Sandman as they narrate 34 short horror stories for your listening pleasure.

3. Sinister writing prompts

 “When writers die, they go to the worlds they created. Unfortunately for you, you spent your life writing horror.”

-Nostradamus18

Another exciting thing to do would be to pick a writing prompt that catches your attention and try to make a story around it. This could be an enjoyable activity, and you get to showcase your writing and storytelling skills. So, get your pen and papers and channel your dark creativity.

If you want more scary story prompts, click here

Not exactly sinister, but Fiction Room’s narration is just so effective it sends shivers down your spine.

4. Horror movies

There’s nothing like a good horror movie to get the adrenaline flowing and the heart pumping. If you’re looking for a few scary movies to watch at your next slumber party, here are three of the best.

  1. “The Conjuring” is a chilling tale of a family who is terrorized by a demonic presence in their home. Based on a true story, this movie will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
  2. “The Exorcist” is another classic horror film that is sure to send chills down your spine. The story of a young girl who is possessed by a demon is both horrifying and fascinating, and the movie is still just as scary today as it was when it was released in the 1970s.
  3. “The Babadook” is a newer horror movie that is quickly gaining a cult following. This Australian film tells the story of a mother and son who are terrorized by a monster from a children’s book. The Babadook is a truly haunting creature, and this movie is sure to keep you up all night.
SpookyRice’s recommendations for the most disturbing movies is definitely a hit! If you’re a little bit of a chicken like me, you can always watch their recaps of the most unsettling movies (aka the Green Inferno) to spare yourself the nightmares.

5. Disney or any alternate cartoon stories

At a certain point in our lives, we have all been entertained by Disney or any cartoon characters. Be it treasured core memories during childhood or providing a certain kind of comfort in adulthood.

What if, after a significant amount of time surfing the internet, you come across a story where your favorite character, who you remember to be so familiar and warm, suddenly becomes a disturbing monster.

Be careful because this might end up questioning all of your childhood memories.

Discover the real horror hidden behind the Disney magic with this video from Top5s!

6. Real-life or personal horror stories

Nothing gets more authentic than a personal encounter, right? A nice way to scare the bejeezus out of someone may be to tell them a story about your supernatural experiences.

Take turns narrating a tale that could be your own, your other friends, or your relatives. If you don’t have any, you can practice your improv skills. Turn on your scariest voice, and make one up on the spot.

Or add a fun twist to the game: two truths and a lie wherein there could be two stories that really happened while one is simply a figment of the imagination and let them guess.

This video by Kaylart is a must-watch for those typically driving at night.

7. Chilling True-Crime Documentaries

They say the living are scarier than the dead. The horrific crimes committed by some of the most notorious people will make you agree.

If you and your friends are looking for a true crime fix, here are three stories that are sure to keep you up all night.

  1. The James Bulger Case In 1993, two-year-old James Bulger was abducted from a shopping center in Liverpool, England. His body was found two days later on a railway line. His killers, 10-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, were arrested and convicted of murder. The case caused international outrage and sparked a debate about the UK’s youth justice system.
  2. The West Memphis Three In 1993, three 8-year-old boys were brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. Three teenage boys, Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin, were arrested and convicted of the murders. They became known as the West Memphis Three. After 18 years in prison, the three men were released in 2011 after new DNA evidence came to light.
  3. The Jonestown Massacre In 1978, more than 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide at the Jonestown settlement in Guyana. The cult leader, Jim Jones, had brainwashed his followers into believing that they would be killed by the US government if they didn’t drink a cyanide-laced drink. The tragedy is one of the largest loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster.
For those wanting to hear more about the James Bulger story, here’s the full documentary from 60 Minutes Australia.