The 100 Candle Game

This is a game I saw showcased on the A&E show Paranormal State. It was believed to have been a right of passage and test of courage for Samurai in feudal Japan. I suggested we play it at our Halloween Party this year and I was glad I did. It involves lighting 100 candles (we lit as many candles as there were guests). You then turn off all the lights in the house, all of them. Next each person takes a turn telling a TRUE ghost or supernatural story. The tale doesn’t have to be a first hand account but it must be true. After each person tells their story they blow out their candle. As each story is told the room gets darker and darker until you are sitting in pitch darkness. It is said that the “game” is an evocation and by the time the room is shrouded in darkness a spirit will manifest itself. We played our 100 candle game in a house known to be haunted and by the end of the game, three different people reported seeing the same thing; a glowing orb in the upper corner of a closet. One of them also said that they had seen a tall black shape pass in front of the orb. The owner of the house said that while one of the stories was being told he saw something moving in his kitchen. All of us were in the living room at that time and no one else was in the house. Also when I was telling my story all of us heard a loud popping noise come from the kitchen.

It was a truly creepy experience and as the room got darker and darker the excitement and fear grew. It’s an easy game to set up, you just need some friends and some candles and you’re all set. Just be warned that when you’re done you may have a few new guests amongst you. HERE is a link to a small article on the games origins.

Published by Jack

Graphic designer fixated on retro video games, horror movies, trading cards, bootleg action figures and professional wrestling.

16 thoughts on “The 100 Candle Game

  1. This game I also heard about on Paranormal state… I am one of the many paranormal researchers who are curious to learn about more… It is a passion we all share… I really wish to find some more accounts on this game as I have been studying all sorts of paranormal games and much more….

    Thanks so much for writing about your experience!

  2. First of all we’re pleased that a fellow dark traveler has stumbled upon our little corner of the world. Secondly, we too have done quite a bit of searching for stories of others experience with the 100 candle game. Our “game” was quite an experience to say the least. Just gathering with friends to tell ghost stories is fun in and of itself, but to couple that with some unexplained phenomenon was the perfect capper to our Halloween festivities.

  3. Hey…I just watch the rerun of the Candle Game on paranormal state. It is great to read about someone that has tried and witnessed something. Thanks for Sharing.

  4. Hi Karen. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. The 100 Candle Game was definitely the highlight of our Halloween festivities last year. By the end of the game everyone involved was thoroughly freaked out. It was such an experience we will probably do it again this year.

  5. Hey!
    I too saw the 100 candel game on paranormal state and I can say i was very intriged by the realism of it!! Me and my friends get a major kick out of supernatrual things, but i always seem to wonder a bit deeper then my friends do! Supernatrual has always interest me! My only set back about this game is that your manifesting a group of spirits and spirits have been known to attach to a human and might possible stay around after the game…. Basically what im asking is do the spirits leave once the game is over or is there something you have to do to settle the conjonred up spirits?? Whenever we start up a discussion or ghost storytelling we start and close with a prayer of protection from any possible violent entitys!! The game looks like lots if fun, but if anyone could help with my wondering question any help would be mosy apprecitive!! THANKS!

    1. DeMarcos,

      Thanks for checking us out.

      When we played the 100 Candle Game we took absolutely no precautions prior to, during or after the game. There were some definite manifestations but as far as I could tell there were no evil entities and no one that had been present complained of any odd occurrences since then. The house we played in was reputed to be haunted and it would be hard to tell if any activity witnessed there was something that had been present prior to playing. I say give it a try. Say a prayer of protection and let me know how it goes!


  6. Hey Jack!
    Thanks soo much for your help!! I look foward to to play the game! I’ve already started finding friends that would be down with it!! Im actually thinking about having my digital camera and snap pictures during the game and see what i capture! I will most def let you know how the game turns out!! Thanks so much!

    1. Taking pictures sounds like a good idea. However, I feel that it would take a way from the feeling and atmosphere of the game. What I would recommend doing is set up a video camera instead. That way you can still document everything and not have to actually snap pictures while your guests tell their stories. Let me know how your game goes and if you do indeed capture anything on film or video I’d love to see it.


  7. Hey jack!!
    I sure let you know how the game goes and ill make sure uf i indeed capture anything i will surely share!! Thanks soo much!!

  8. I wish I could play this game, but I’ve limited friends and only a fraction of them would go along with it. I also doubt us being able to come up with more than a handful of encounters… so much for 100! Sounds fun!

  9. i played 100 candles and i must say that it was one of the most terrifying moments in my life ive always believed in the paranormal but ive never experienced anything like i did … now im a firm believer and i honestly dont reccomend anyone actually playing this game . u never know what your going to get yourself into … best advice … go a different rout .

  10. Hey jack!

    this game sounds interesting, I’m defiantly going to suggest this to my friend at her Halloween party this year. Any other games like this to scare a bunch of teenage girls?
    All of us believe in the paranormal…well, with the exception of one or two. Last party she had we tried the Ouija board but nothing happened. We lit candles, read the instructions, sat around the table, and had our fingers lightly on the glider piece. Did we do something wrong or did spirits just not want to talk that night? So if you could answer these questions before Halloween this year I’d be very thankful!

  11. I do agree that this game would be fun but I would advise erring on the side of caution with any games like this you never know what kind of entity may be contacted id reccommend reciting the lords prayer before and after along with commanding whatever entity may be contacted to leave in the name of jesus christ reason I recommend doing this is I used a quija board when I was in high school and contacted what I believe was a melevolent entity and had to seek out the advice of my pastor on how to banish it so to speak but anyway have fun stay safe

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