Dream of the Dead (game)


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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to play


  • I was recently browsing the Occult section of the University library (has to be done) and while flicking through a book on rituals I found details of a game that can be played on Halloween (Samhain if you’re pagan). It sounds a lot like the urban legend of sleeping with a piece of wedding cake under your pillow to dream of your future husband/wife, but since you all seem to like creepy games I thought I’d upload it. I’ve edited it a bit as the original kept referring back to previous sections of the book and I’m not typing the whole thing!
  • You should only play this alone.
  • It can only be played on October 31.
  • If you wish to dream of someone in particular you can place a photograph beneath your pillow.
  • There are supposed names of Gate Keepers out there that you can use during the game. Apparently this makes it more likely to work. Also, the book did mention in another chapter that these games only work if there are ghosts in the area – if it doesn’t work the first time then it’s possible that it may work somewhere else. As always, I haven’t done this. I don’t know if it will work and it is up to those reading if they want to risk trying this game.


  • A photograph (optional).
  • 4 candles of any colour.
  • A lighter/matches.
  • A smudging stick.
  • Salt.


  • You must be asleep before it becomes November 1. You should not attempt to sleep before 22:00 as a lengthy sleep will render your physical body vulnerable. If you do not fall asleep before it becomes November 1 then you should still complete the closing ritual detailed below.
  • Surround your sleeping space with salt, leaving a doorway through which you can enter at the appropriate moment.
  • Turn off all sources of unnatural sound (televisions/radios). The dead like dark, quiet places.
  • Place the candles in a rough circle large enough for you to sit inside. Light them.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Sit in your circle. Once you are seated, close your eyes.
  • Imagine yourself surrounded by people; all of them invisible, all of them dead. You should picture them approaching, forming a circle around you in the darkness just beyond the light emitted by the candles.
  • Once this is fixed in your head you should speak loudly and clearly. ‘On this night of nights I call the Gate Keeper, divider of the realm of the living and the dead. I demand communion with the peaceful dead.’
  • Should the candles extinguish then your request has been denied and you should try again next year.
  • If you hear screaming or feel a sense of menace then you should immediately blow out the candles and never try this game again in that location. Proceed at your own risk for that place contains restless or violent spirits.
  • If the candles remain lit and all is quiet then you may continue. Speak again. ‘Peaceful dead, I call upon you to enter the place between places. I wish to learn of you and from you in my dreams tonight.’
  • Blow out the candles and proceed immediately to your sleeping space.
  • Once you’ve entered you should close the circle with salt.
  • Go to sleep. If at this point you feel any sort of pressure on your physical body then you must immediately abort the game by following later instructions. You should avoid sleeping in this place for a few days and in this time should ensure the area is smudged frequently. Never play this game again or any other that involves invoking spirits for there is something watching you and waiting for an opportunity.
  • Once you are asleep you should find yourself in a lucid dream. There is no definitive answer on where you will find yourself, it might be an open field, or may be an old house. Throughout this dream you will find yourself visited by people who wish to speak with you. Listen to each of them respectfully, even if their stories bore you or their words make you angry or sad.
  • They may speak of themselves, or of your life – past or future. Some may be unpleasant or aggressive verbally, but as long as you have followed the instructions properly then they should not harm you physically. Some may promise you things in return for favours. It is left to your judgement whether you wish to fulfil their wishes, but be aware that it could be dangerous. The dead can lie as easily as the living and their motives are often beyond our understanding.
  • You should awake on November 1, usually a little after 12.00am or thereabouts.
  • Immediately say. ‘Peaceful dead, I thank you for your attention, but ask you now to return from whence you came. I banish you from this space.’
  • Light the smudging stick and ensure the area is cleansed before breaking the salt circle. You may wish to cleanse the area for a few more days if it is a place you spend a lot of time e.g. your home.
  • Be aware that although the gate is now closed, the dead remain. You have spoken to those who already haunted the area in which you played the game and now they know who and where you are. You may wish to remember this before playing any future summoning games.

Safety first

Make sure the candles are properly extinguished before going to sleep.

Risk level

Low if you follow the instructions.

Would I play


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