I am looking for some ideas for a Halloween sleepover for teenage boys. They are very hard to scare, they are 13 to 15 years old. I am thinking of having a seance and playing with a Ouiji Board - to contact the spirits (with some help from my husband to make things go bump in the night). Any ideas?
Angel from Catlettsburg, KY
Unless you want to open up a huge can of worms and invite every single spook within a hundred mile radius to your home (and none of them friendly) don't play around with a Ouija Board. It's not a game, it's real---just ask around. The best thing to do is to sit around and tell ghost stories, rent scary movies and maybe take a jaunt to your local graveyard. There are many places on-line where you can find local haunts, most of them free.
I agree with April except on one point. I don't see anything fun about going to a cemetary. there has been so much vandalism in cemetarys and a bunch of kids don't need to be roaming around there. also, as a person who has most of my family now in various cemetarys, I don't appreciate people making fun and desecrating the grounds.
I agree re: getting involved with Ouija boards. Please stay away from things like that. Also, I would not encourage going to cemeteries for the reasons the Glen's mom mentioned and the fact that some kids may not feel comfortable going there but may feel peer pressure to join in. (I have 13 & 15 year old boys). I think just some old fashioned fun, good treats --maybe a funny/scary movie, scary sotries etc. would be appreciated. Just my 2 cents.
You can host the spooky story get together in a dark decorated room - the more scary items the better. Take a large black plastic tub, that looks like a witches cooking pot - use cooked spaghetti as veins, grapes (pealed) for eyes etc and as it is dark start by explaining that a body was found down at the river etc and you were able to regain parts of them and they have to pass them all around the room. You can make two teams and the one that completed passing the things around - without dropping them- wins a candy apple etc. You can also get them to see who can tell the best spook, crazy or wildest tale and then they win a prize too. Our kids and their friend enjoyed that and then Halloween movies with pop corn afterward ... or ... hay rides etc.
Enjoy and have fun.
I agree with others. Stay away from seances and Ouija boards. Also from Cemetary's. There are many other ways to amuse them. Maybe consider a corn maze. Or rent some scary movies and have lots of treats.
As a paranormal investigator, I have to agree with the others, skip the seance and the ouija. There may be nothing to it, but it really isn't worth the risk. Instead, why not let the boys set up a "haunted driveway" or garage so they can scare the trick-or-treaters? Let them decorate and pass out the candy, then after all the beggers are in bed, scary movies, etc. For my boys I just stay out of the way...give them a video game and relax! Diane paragonparanormal.com
There are some wonderful older scary movies out there. The original "the Haunting" made in 1960 is in black and white and to this day bothers me when I watch it. Carnival of Souls was another one from back in the '60s. Sometimes getting an old Abbott & Costello-type film is funny. Kids today will go "awe, not a black and white, it won't be any good!" However, if they start with it and watch it, they'll soon find out that many of them are really quite good, and they'll surprise themselves by enjoying it. And the Abbott & Costello stuff is so corny, it's funny! My step-sons and I watched Face at the Window recently. One of the other boys' grandmother wouldn't watch it with us because she was scared to death when she watched it back in the '60s. However, when we watched it, it was so corny and "dorky" it was actually quite entertaining - not scary at all. The boys were fascinated with the story. The boys will get into that stuff - really. Maybe you can rent some Alfred Hitchcock movies, or the One Step Beyond series or even Twilight Zone series.
The idea of spaghetti and peeled grapes is a good one. Even if the kids know what it is, it's still funny. They like to think that they can outsmart you. Have your husband (out of sight) rig up some stuff to move with a fishing line while you're telling a scary story, or visaversa.
Usually at that age, boys will entertain themselves. They love to think that they're grown up though, so don't be offended if they do outsmart you. They'll appreciate your effort.
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