Top 5 Most Frightening Games

As a child…did you and a group of friends ever play scary challenges or games that maybe you shouldn’t have played? Most of us have, I’m sure… Below are some of the most terrifying games that are commonly played today.

Note: I am not endorsing the participation of any of these games, nor have I personally played them. Participate at your own risk.

Bloody Mary

We have ALL heard of this legendary game…But what are its origins? Bloody Mary used to be played differently than how we know now. Today, you stand in front of a mirror in a dark room and repeatedly chant her name which provokes the horrific, feminine entity to show up and she has been said to curse you out, scream at you, strangle you, claw out your eyes, drink your blood, or even steal your soul. Historically, to participate, young women would walk up a flight of stairs holding a candle and a hand mirror shrouded in darkness. As they studied the mirror, a man’s face was supposed to show up – being the face of their future husband. It wasn’t the dark, foreboding ritual we know today as it was believed to be a way to tell the future.

The Candy Man

Although similar to Bloody Mary, this one comes with more of a backstory. Supposedly, the Candy Man was once a slave in the times of slavery as well as a talented painter as he once painted a portrait of the plantation owner’s daughter. The daughter soon fell for him, but when her racist father found out, he got the slave chased out of town by a mob. When they caught up to him, they chopped off the ‘Candy Man’s’ arm and threw him into a beehive after covering him with honey. Before passing away, he stated that he would come back for revenge and cursed the men that killed him – which leads to the game. It is said that he appears when his name is called five times. Basically, you stand in front of a mirror in a closed, darkened room and call his name (The Candy Man) five times and he’ll appear covered in blood and bees with a hook where his arm used to be.


This purpose of this game is to determine how you’re going to die. Yeah, I’d rather not know honestly. But to play, you’ll need at least one other person. Stand behind them and instruct them to close their eyes and pound lightly on the person’s back with your fist. You’ll need detailed instructions to be able to chant to them correctly. They should see a color when you complete the final step in chanting, which then correlates to how. You can find the full details on how to play the game HERE.

Seek and Kill

This game is basically a scary game of hide-and-seek. You’ll need to play with one or more people for there isn’t a way to play it by yourself.

Anyway, each of you pick a weapon of choice and determine which one of you seeks. You turn all of the lights off but the seeker holds a flashlight. From there, you play hide and seek but it’s called seek and kill because weapons are involved and you’re in total darkness. (You don’t actually hurt each other of course, it’s just for an added fright.)

The Midnight Game

By far probably the scariest in my opinion, the following game is based on a supposed Pagan ritual for punishing those that went against the gods, as it involves inviting a demon into your home. To this day, the game is still played all over, provoking the Midnight Man to show himself. Below are the details of how to play the game, though once again, I do not endorse.

You’ll need:

  • a candle and lighter or matches
  • a piece of paper (depending on how many people are playing)
  • writing utensil
  • salt
  • a door (wooden)

What to do:

  • Start just before midnight
  • Write your whole name (first, middle, last) on a blank sheet of paper, then place a drop of your own blood onto the piece of paper (HAS to be your own, can’t use someone else’s) and let it settle into the paper
  • Turn off every light in your home
  • Lay the piece of paper on the floor in front of the wooden door (closed)
  • Light the candle and place it on top of the piece of paper with your name
  • Knock on the door 22 times, the last one being exactly at midnight.
  • Open the door, blow out the candle, then shut the door again
  • Take the candle and relight it immediately.

Now, it Starts:

  • Holding your lit candle along with the lighter/matches, proceed to walk around in your home.
  • If your candle goes out, you MUST relight it immediately and continue.
  • If you fail to relight the candle within ten seconds, sprinkle a circle of salt around yourself and remain until 3:33am.

Finishing the Game:

  • It is safe to stop walking around or step out from your circle of salt at 3:33am. At this time, the Midnight Game is over.

Signs of the Midnight Man:

  • the candle going out
  • a decrease in temperature
  • seeing or witnessing a dark shadow or figure
  • subtle whispers


  • provoke or taunt the Midnight Man
  • use a flashlight or lighter as a candle replacement
  • stop walking/moving
  • leave your house while playing

Make sure you follow each instruction correctly if you are going to participate. You must avoid meeting the Midnight Man as it is the point of the game. It is advised that you do not provoke him in any way, for unfortunate results are said to occur and do not stop moving, otherwise, he will catch you. In doing so, it has been passed on that he will evoke hallucinations and rip out your organs “one by one” and/or send you into a nightmarish dimension, never to be seen again.

Have you been brave enough to play this game or others that I’ve discussed?

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Thank you for reading! As always, you can share your experiences in the comments below!

Disclaimer: The information above is a combination of prior knowledge and research. No works were plagiarized, only referenced as a source of information. While anyone is welcome to comment, I attempt to make this a positive and friendly community where we can share our experiences. Any derogatory or negative comment(s) will be deleted. As always, reader discretion is advised.

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