Friday, September 2, 2011

The Dark Secrets of Girl's Slumber Parties


It's all about tickling each other, pillow fights and teaching each other how to french, right? Guys, PJ parties for gals usually took a rather dark turn. Here's just some of the games you might have found at them (had you been allowed)

We might have lit some candles, darkened the room, let the curtains flutter at an open window, played some dark creepy music. The evening could have involved playing records backwards to hear "Paul is dead," or having a seance. Other times, it would likely be the games listed below:

Ouija: It's practically a rite of passage for adolescents to give the Ouija or a séance a try. Have a seat. The two users should sit facing each other, with knees touching if possible, with the board on their laps. Don't use a table. Decide on a questioner or medium. Even though both people can ask questions -- or anyone else in the room can -- only one of the users should be the medium (the one to formally ask questions of the board). Place your fingers on the planchette. You and your partner should place the fingers of both hands very lightly on the planchette, or pointer. Move it. Purposely move the planchette around in a circle on the board for a moment or two to get it 'warmed up.' Attitude. Don't let the board control the session. The medium should begin by announcing that the session will only allow an experience that is positive or toward a higher good and that negative energies are not welcome. Begin simply. Start with a simple question, one that requires a yes or no answer. Be patient. You might not begin to get answers right away. Give the board a chance to 'warm up.' Be polite. When the board starts working, thank the board or entities for showing up and communicating with you. Don't ask stupid questions. Avoid questions such as, 'When am I going to die?' If the board answers, 'in 6 months,' you might just worry about it needlessly. Don't ask for physical signs. Many experienced users warn against asking for physical signs that the 'spirit' is real or present. Don't believe everything the board tells you. Just as with any other source of information, don't accept whatever the board says to be the truth or accurate. Close the board. This is an important step. When you're done with your session, slide the planchette to 'GOODBYE' and remove your hands.



Light as a feather/stiff as a board: One participant lies flat on the floor, and then the others space themselves around him or her, each placing their fingers underneath his or her body. The person closest to the head commonly begins by saying "Once the roads were icy and cold", which the others repeat; then "A woman lost control of her steering wheel" is spoken and repeated back. Finally the last sentence "When they found her she was light as a feather, stiff as a board" is said and the phrase is chanted by the others repeat. Some people report[1] that the apparent weight of the person lifted seems lower than expected or that the person becomes completely weightless.

Bloody Mary:
Inside of a bathroom with the light turned off (candle optional), a person stands in front of the mirror and whispers “Bloody Mary” several times in a row and a bloody-faced woman is supposed to show herself and even grab for you from the mirror. Some variations have you chanting “Bloody Mary come to me.”

Truth or Dare: Get the players into a group, sitting on the floor or around a table. Choose one player to start the game. This player asks "Truth or Dare?" of a second player in the circle. Have the second player choose between answering a question and performing a dare. Ask the question or present the dare. Ideally, both the questions and the dares should be mildly embarrassing, but not mean or dangerous. Remember, your turn to answer or perform will come around soon. Continue the game by having the person who last told the truth or did the dare ask "Truth or Dare?" of another player.

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15 comments:

  1. Sign me up for a couple of those events at the top there! ;o)

    I've heard some scary stuff about ouija boards.. even from skeptics!

    ~shoes~

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  2. There's no secret. It's all about pillows, and boobies, so I've heard.

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  3. Well, both are present, but not necessarily intermingling. Hee hee

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  4. Yeah, my friends and I did all that spooky stuff. (surprise, surprise, right?) ;)

    I remember a time we were playing Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. I was in 3rd or 4th grade and it was a big sleepover. Pretty much every girl in the class was there. Well, I got to be the lucky person to get lifted. Those girls got me lifted so high, that my body was pressed against the ceiling! A basement ceiling isn't so high, but still. It was the freakiest experience. The chanting added to the effect. I really did feel weightless. I guess that's just one of those stories with no logical explanation!

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  5. JH; I just know that I would have hung with you in elementary school!

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  6. What's your take on Ouija boards? I had a bad experience on one when I was a teenager and never tried again - of course I didn'y follow ANY of the guidelines you suggested here! Would you use one tonight if the oppertunity presented itself??

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  7. I think the Ouija board is a very American slumber party activity. It seems to have been marketed as a benign board game in the U.S. In the U.K. and Australia, it is regarded more as an occult object. I also think Bloody Mary is a particularly American urban legend, too. I'd never heard of it until it was mentioned in an episode of Supernatural.

    We did play Truth or Dare here, but really, most of the time was taken up with scantily dressed pillow fights... wink!

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  8. LGH; You crack me up! We were admitted scantily dressed and painting our toenails and then talking about boys and calling them on the phone--back before they had caller ID and boys would know who just called them and hung up.

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  9. Haha! Yeah, ringing boys featured pretty heavily at our slumber parties, as well!!

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  10. Ouija board indeed! You're not fooling me - I know it's all bon-bons, wine, gossip and chick flicks. Followed by the inevitable pillow fight, which of course leads to an all-girl orgy. (Don't you ruin my fantasies, darn it!)

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  11. The top picture has permanently scared me for life!

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  12. Matt, didn't you in another post say you were swearing off women?

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  13. that's exactly what we did when I was kid. the light as a feather, stiff as a board thing freaked us out. it totally worked.

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