The Most Dangerous Games: The Midnight Game

Shadow manPreviously: The Three Kings.

It is believed that the Midnight Game was once an old pagan ritual used as a punishment for those who dared to disobey the gods. While this claim is unsubstantiated, the game has still become a popular activity for thrill seekers. As with all of Most Dangerous Games, proceed at your own risk – if you must proceed at all. It is recommended that you do not, under any circumstances, play this game.


  • At least 1 principal


  • 1 candle
  • 1 lighter or book of matches
  • 1 piece of paper
  • 1 writing implement
  • 1 pin
  • 1 wooden door, closed
  • Salt


The Invitation:

  1. Begin prior to midnight.
  2. Write your full name – first, middle, and last – on the piece of paper with your writing implement. Prick your finger with the pin and squeeze until a drop of blood appears. Dot the blood on the paper and allow it to soak in.
  3. Turn off every light in your home.
  4. Place the paper with your name and blood on it in front of the closed wooden door. Light the candle using the matches or lighter and place it on top of the paper. If you are using a taper, make sure it is placed in a candle holder .
  5. Knock on the door 22 times. The final knock must occur precisely when the clock chimes 12am. Open the door; then blow out the candle and close the door.
  6. Relight your candle immediately.

The Main Event:

  1. Keeping your candle in hand and your salt and matches or lighter close by, begin to move about your home.
  2. Should your candle go out, you must relight it within the next ten seconds. If you are successful, continuing moving about your home. Do not stop moving until 3:33am.
  3. If you are unsuccessful in relighting the candle, immediately surround yourself with a circle of salt. Remain inside the circle until 3:33am.

The Ending:

  1. At 3:33am, it is safe to stop moving or to step outside your circle of salt. You may also turn on the lights. The game is over.

Additional Notes:

The Midnight Game may be played with more than one player. In this instance, all players are principals; as such, each player must perform the Invitation individually.

The Invitation welcomes an entity known as the Midnight Man inside your home. The goal of the game is to avoid meeting the Midnight Man in the dark. Continually moving about your home will make it more difficult for him to find you; should you stop moving at any point, he will catch you. Accounts differ as to what befalls players caught by the Midnight Man. Some claim he will induce a hallucination of your worst fear until the end of the game; others claim he will remove your organs one by one. Both outcomes are to be avoided at all cost.

Indications that the Midnight Man is near include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sudden drops in temperature.
  • The sound of a soft whisper with no discernible source.
  • The appearance of a humanoid figure within the darkness.
  • The candle going out.

Should you experience any of the first three occurrences, leave the area immediately. Should you experience the fourth occurrence, following the previously given instructions, re: relighting the candle within the next ten seconds, will keep the Midnight Man temporarily at bay. Should you fail to perform this action correctly, the circle of salt will do the same.

Do not fail to do either. There are no known methods to abort the game.

At 3:33am, the Midnight Man will leave your home. After he has left, you may safely end the game.

Do NOT turn on any lights during the game.

Do NOT use a flashlight during the game.

Do NOT go to sleep during the game.

Do NOT use a lighter instead of a candle during the game.

Do NOT use a person’s blood other than your own during the game.

Do NOT attempt to leave your home during the game.

Do NOT attempt to provoke the Midnight Man during the game.

And most importantly: Do NOT assume that the Midnight Man has left your home for good at the conclusion of the game.

The Midnight Game: FAQ.

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19 thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Games: The Midnight Game

  1. I have no idea of how to abort but I think it would be blowing out your candle and turning on the lights, then doing a purification ritual or cleansing ritual like spreading salt, and destroying the materials used, tear up and burn the paper (spread the ashes so the MM can’t use it anymore) use up the candle, the salt used to purify or cleanse, discard your writing material and toss the pin. Lighter and matches used up. I don’t know if it works but seeing that in candle rituals, blowing it out and turning on the lights seems to end the ritual or abort it most of the time, and very few games here use cleansing at the end but it’s a stay safe thing assuming that the MM isn’t going to be out forever.

    1. I don’t think blowing out the candle and turning on the light’s would even work. This is a game of hunter and hunted inside of a confined space and that would only serve to anger the Man; it would be more effective to blow out the candle and create a circle of salt before waiting it out. And if playing as a group and all decide to end the game together, all should be in the same room and blow out the candle, create a circle of salt, and sit and wait together. Or all of them work together to create a large enough circle that everyone may be together inside. In the case of intentional abort through this fashion, it probably would not matter if you blew out the candle or not. Just do not turn on the lights. It is bolded in the text to not turn on any lights. And furthermore, it also states that you should not assume that after the game is over, that the Man has left for good. So I think that goes double after provoking him by turning on a light, he may continue to terrorize you or the other player(s).

    2. As a pagan Wiccan, we used this for Samhain (halloween) you’re supposed to knock 24 times, for every hour. The midnight man is believed to be Charon or Hades.🙂

  2. Hey. What if we’re in the salt circle and can’t move and we see a figure, hear voices or experience sudden drops in temperature??

  3. What if we can’t get the candle to light in 10 seconds and we’re in the salt circle and relight the candle. Clear the salt and start over?

  4. can you create several salt circles before the game? then run to the closest as needed? What about an uninvolved observer, will it work if someone follows you around whos not in the game? or if there just in the house?

  5. Salt is said to ward off evil spirits and, if I’m not mistaken, is used in many protection spells. Pepper is used mainly for banishing. I’d stock up on both before I attempted this ritual. That way I could protect myself during the game and then banish the entity from my home/life afterwards.

  6. This is an odd question and I apologize if no one knows the answer. Every set of instructions I read says the front door must be wooden. I have a wooden front door; but there’s a window taking up half of it. Does that still count, or must it be entirely wooden?

  7. Suppose for example I attempted to play the game then somebody walks in through the wooden door I chose. What happens? I live on my own and sometimes my parents pay me surprise visits and I obviously don’t want them to get hurt in the process….

    1. I have one doubt.. What will happen if we leave the house in middle of the game or turn on the lights and go to sleep in between?? Escpecially when we leave the house can anyone clear this doubt

  8. Maybe you should do this ritual when you know no one is going to come knocking on your door to surprise you. Even better, don’t attempt this ritual. I have a question for you all, why do you want to play this ritual, are you curious of what might happen? What is it, because I cannot come to terms with it. Me being a person who wants to try everything wouldn’t even attempt to do this, maybe I’m too scared, haha.

  9. DO NOT number 5
    what if I did use someone else’s blood? could I use the blood and name of someone I hate to give them horrific hallucinations or possibly kill them?

  10. If I fill hula hoops with salt beforehand, could I throw one over my head and be considered safe?

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