Do you feel lucky, punk? Huh? Do ya?
Ritual creepypastas are a special variety of spooky because they dare you to do some rather unnatural things, usually alone, usually in the dark.Some of these are less severe than others, whereas others can cause fullblown panic attacks. Here are my personal favorites, including a couple that I have done, and ones I find to be very well written.
Excluded from this list are protection rituals against Japanese spirits and urban legends, because I feel like it doesn’t do them justice.
Honorable Mention: The Man in the Fields Ritual
Most pasta monsters play fair. The Man in the Fields is NOT most pasta monsters. He does not want to give you a chance, he does not want to make deals, he wants you DEAD. Personally, I found the odds in this story to be near impossible. You have to go through a house in the countryside and close everything that could possibly be opened. Think about it…the leftovers in the fridge, the closet door that creaks open on its own, the box of cereal you bought a couple days ago. Still, the creatures themselves are interesting enough to make the list, in spite of how insane the odds are.
10: Blind Man’s Bluff
Sometimes the unknown is creepier than something lovingly detailed. It is never explained who or what “They” are in this ritual, but you apparently do not want to see them, nor do you want them to know that you are afraid. It seems like an interesting enough game, but the disclaimer at the beginning takes away some of the intrigue that the author creates. You’re not supposed to TELL people you made it up.
9: The Midnight Game
It wouldn’t be a ritual list without the Midnight Game! And a true account of what happened when I actually did this. Absolutely nothing, other than me jumping at noises outside my apartment and walking around like an idiot while holding a battery-operated candle. Guess that’s why I didn’t get “spook’d”, right? The Midnight Man HAAAATES technology. It’s still pretty interesting and memorable, having obtained a near cult following, so it belongs here.
8:The Dead Poet’s Game
One of two games involving alcohol on this list, it involves going to a place where a poet died, drinking alcohol, and probably freaking yourself out. If there is one thing more entertaining than scaring yourself, it’s scaring yourself while you are plastered. Still, the concept is pretty interesting, and it was fairly creative when describing what can happen to you if you screw up. It’s one of the few “play a game with a spirit” type of stories that I actually enjoy.
7: Doors of your Mind
I have yet to play this one, but it is very interesting in that it seems more like a guided meditation than a “ritual”. You go into a trance and open doors of your mind in order to see what is inside and try to make sense of it. Of course, there are specific “dos” and “don’ts” but it seems less detrimental to one’s health than many creepypasta rituals. I would like to try this sometime. Seems like a good opportunity to freak out my beloved boyfriend.
6: The Three Kings Ritual
Also known among my friends as the “Chaoticneontiki is an idiot” ritual, this involves mirrors, candles, a cell phone, a religious object, and scaring the crap out of yourself in the the dark at 3:30 a.m. As I said in a previous list, I did actually do this. Nothing happened other than me clutching my Buddha bracelet and screaming at sudden noises outside of my apartment, but it surely is a good way to spend the night if you feel like not sleeping for a few days after…
5: 11 Miles
Just making the top five is an unsettling ritual consisting of the road trip of a lifetime…that might just end in eternal damnation. As someone who does not drive out of a fear of a potential accident or hitting an animal, this journey through what is essentially hell well…unnerves the hell out of me. Driving alone at night, as I have been told, is a creepy enough experience, so anyone that tries this has a good chance of freaking themselves out.
4:The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp
As both a lover of fine art and absinthe, I am, of course, inclined to like this ritual pasta. It involves going to a dingy bar in Paris, ordering the “best absinthe” and then traveling to a gallery most strange and macabre. What I find most fascinating is that it is unknown if the entire journey takes place inside the imbiber’s head, or if the gallery of a madman actually exists. It’s quite an interesting tale. If you’re traveling, why not give it a go?
This ritual creepypasta is presented as a story, rather than as a list of steps, making it unique. It follows the story of a man who travels to the Greywater Gardens to deposit a secret. This is a very atmospheric tale, and you can easily visualize the gardens in your mind, along with the old man who lingers there. The ending to the story is like a punch to the gut, and really rounds out a tragic, but eerie tale.
The only thing I enjoy more than creepypastas with excellent atmosphere and storytelling are creepypastas grounded in reality. Macbeth is just that. It is unknown why this play became cursed, but many theater arts majors I have spoken to refuse to even say the name aloud OUTSIDE of a theater.The fact that this ages old curse has been adapted for a modern internet audience is utterly amazing to me. The fact that there are people who would actually dare refer to “That Scottish Play” by name in a theater for a chance at good fortune is utterly baffling to my theater friends.
And my personal favorite ritual pasta is…
1: He Waits for You
Only ONE story could be chilling, unsettling, and twisted enough to outdo an ACTUAL ritual. This story evokes so many emotions in the reader, which makes it unique compared to the general sense of dread that these stories actually exude. What other creepypastas do you know of that evoke a sense of sadness and loneliness while also disturbing you? What I find most interesting is that we never find out exactly what “he” is, other than perhaps the best example of “the grotesque” I have read in a creepypasta. This author does a fine job of evoking a sense of pity for “him” while keeping “him” still unsettling. The ending is the perfect chilling note to end on.