Spooky games that border on the paranormal are a mainstay at slumber parties around the world. From light as a feather, stiff as a board to the classic Ouija board, we’ve all played at least one, but there are others out there, perhaps less well known, and one of the spookiest is Red Door, Yellow Door.
Alternately called Doors of the Mind or Black Door, White Door, and well, any other combination of colors, you can think of, Red Door, Yellow Door takes two to play, but it’s perfect for an audience of scared young people late at night so it’s no surprise that it’s made a resurgence in recent years.
The rules are simple, but the outcome could be dire, or so the urban legends claim.
One player is the guide, and the other is the subject. The guide sits on the floor, cross-legged with a pillow in their lap. The subject will then lie on the ground with their head in the guide’s lap and their hands raised in the air.
The guide should, at this point, begin to massage the subject’s temples in a circular motion chanting, “Red Door, Yellow Door, any other color door” over and over again, joined by any witnesses to the game.
As the subject slips into the trance, they will find themselves in a room in their mind and at that point, they should lower their arms to the floor signalling the guide and any witnesses to stop chanting. The game has officially begun.
The guide will, at this point, begin to ask questions of the subject in order to get them to describe the room. Any witnesses at this point should be silent so that there is no sound except for the voice of the guide and the voice of the subject answering the guide’s question.
The guide might ask what colors the doors to the room are, how they feel about the doors, and instruct them to go through varying doors into other rooms. The subject is encouraged to answer all questions honestly until the guide decides to end the game, but there are some warnings and signs of danger to keep in mind.
According to Scary for Kids:
- If you encounter people in the room, it may be best not interact with them. They may be evil and try to trick you.
- If you find yourself in a room full of clocks, leave immediately. Clocks can trap you.
- You can go wherever you want, but it is safer to go up than down.
- Light things and light colors tend to be better than dark things and dark colors.
- If you should find yourself trapped in a room, you must try to wake up. If you don’t, you might be trapped forever.
- If you die in the game, you will supposedly die in real life.
- If you encounter a man in a suit who makes you uncomfortable, end the game immediately.
- If the guide is having a hard time waking the subject from the trance, they should shake them roughly to bring them into wakefulness.
Sounds creepy, right?!
The whole point of the Red Door, Yellow Door, seemingly, is to explore the inner workings of your own mind, and to also understand that there are also dark sides to everyone. Some of the things you might encounter inside the game may be those very things about yourself that you don’t wish to face.
Have you ever played Red Door, Yellow Door or any variation of this spooky game? Let us know in the comments!
The Strange and Mysterious World of Time-Slips
Once upon a time, so they say, a man was running from the police down Bold Street in Liverpool, England when just as suddenly as they’d given chase, the police officers were gone. Slowing down, the man looked about and noticed that the city had changed around him.
The cars were all of a much older model…the shops were not the same as they had been before…and the clothing definitely looked like everyone was headed for a fancy dress party. The man stood there for several moments looking around himself but he noticed that just a few feet beyond him, the street looked different.
He walked forward and found himself back in his own reality, though he could look back over his shoulder and see the street scene and older shops behind him. Fearing for his sanity, the man went to a local newspaper and together with one of the employees did a bit of research, only to discover that the storefronts he saw belonged to businesses from the 1960s!
This is one of many stories I found when I sat down to research the idea of time travel and the phenomena known as time-slips.
What’s a time-slip? I’m so glad you asked!
The word and its meaning have evolved only slightly over the years, but what it has come to represent is a phenomenon in which people have reported slipping both forward or backward through time. These instances seem to occur repeatedly in specific areas, though no one seems to know why.
So, how would something like this occur? How is it that it only happens to some people and not everyone who walks through a specific area? How often do these phenomena occur?
Let’s deal with the how first.
Modern science, and specific areas of quantum study, have opened our minds to a vast new way of looking at the world and universe around us and especially in the way that we consider time.
Most of us have viewed time as a linear truth. One second marches onto the next to create minutes and hours and days and months and so on. However, much has been made of theories that place time more as a layered concept. This layering would point to multiple times present at a singular location at any given moment.
Interestingly enough, this theory has been applied to ghost sightings as well. Perhaps we are not seeing the dead, the theory says, but rather living people in a different time and possibly even a different dimension altogether.
Some say that this explains away psychic phenomena while others argue that psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, etc. are still differently skilled and able to tap into these varying layers of consciousness and existence in order to experience them on a regular basis.
This leads us to how certain people experience this phenomenon while others do not.
Paranormal investigator and author, Joan Forman has spent much time writing and speaking about the trigger factor. These are elements within the environment which might trigger a time-slip for a particular person in a particular place.
MJ Wayland, on his website, recounts the story of one of Ms. Forman’s experiments into time-slips and trigger factors. Wayland points to the trigger factor occurring when one is interested in one’s surroundings without concentrating wholly on them. This would, in theory, put them firmly in the category of experiences where the subconscious causes an effect on the conscious, and he relates Joan’s story in this way:
“Joan entered the courtyard of Haddon Hall, pausing to admire the architecture. Without warning she ‘saw’ a group of four children playing at the top of the stairs, a girl about nine years old caught the attention of Joan. She had shoulder-length blonde hair, a white Dutch hat and a long green-grey silk dress with a white collar. Joan watched with in fascination the children playing in the yard “fully aware that she was not seeing with the physical eye, yet conscious of watching real action.
Joan decided to find the identity of the oldest child and entered the Hall looking at every family portrait. In the middle of the ancestral paintings, a picture of the girl she had seen was hung; it was Lady Grace Manners who died in the 1640’s.”
Later on, in the same article, Wayland points to one Alice Pollock who, while experimenting with psychometry inside Leeds Castle in Kent, suddenly found the carpets and modern lighting stripped away around her. She witnessed a woman pacing back and forth in the room, though the woman did not seem to notice her in kind. The vision or time-slip lasted only a few moments after which time Pollock set about researching her experiences. She determined that the woman she had seen was Queen Joan of Navarre, wife of Henry V, who was once accused of witchcraft.
These time-slips don’t always lead to the past, however.
It was reported in the early 20th century that a man by the name of Sir Victor Goddard, a Marshal in the Royal Air Force, was flying his plane in 1935 when he passed over an airfield that was somewhat dilapidated. A freakish storm suddenly came out of nowhere and Goddard was forced to fly back toward the airfield.
When the storm dissipated as quickly as it had appeared, he found himself flying over the fresh green fields of what appeared to be an entirely different airfield together. The planes, which he’d never seen before, were shiny and newly painted a yellow color that, once again, was outside his experience in the Royal Air Force.
With a shimmer, the field was restored to its dilapidated state and Goddard could not explain his experience until some years later when a brand new plane was introduced to the RAF that matched the ones he’d seen that fateful day. They were even the same shade of yellow!
Is it possible that Goddard somehow flew into the future during that freakish storm, and if so, how did he return?
Time-slip theory has also been applied to the Bermuda Triangle as an explanation for the mass disappearances that have happened over the years. They also point to the phenomena of lost time experienced by those who have reportedly encountered alien life as a possible part of time-slip phenomena.
For time immemorial, tales have been told of places where the veil between worlds is thin, and pagans around the world celebrate holidays like Samhain when we mark the thinning of the veil between the living and the dead.
Could it be that time-slips take place in locations where this metaphysical veil has thinned for whatever reason? Could it also be that this means that time travel is actually possible?
I can’t say for sure, but I am certainly intrigued by the concept even though researching it has put “The Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show in my head on repeat. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!