How to Play The Closet Game: Scary Paranormal Ritual

How to Play The Closet Game: Scary Paranormal Ritual

The Closet Game

The Closet Game is a popular Paranormal Game that has circulated the internet for some time. Like many other rituals and games of this nature its origins are difficult to trace, yet it has gained popularity on platforms such as Reddit and Youtube. The main aim of the game is to summon a demon, or a similar type of evil entity, into a closet. It seems to play on our primal fear of the dark and of course that the boogeyman exists hidden away in dark spaces, such as your bedroom closet.

Danger playing the Closet Game.
Playing the Closet Game could summon something dark into your closet.

The game is relatively easy to play, yet those braving it should proceed with caution. While these games likely exist for the sole purpose of scaring young children, anytime you reach out to supernatural forces you may get a response.

Step 1:

Make sure to have a box of matches and a closet to play. Ensure that night has fallen and the room your closet is within is in complete darkness. This game is best played within a quiet environment, so make sure that all electronics and distractions are turned off or muted.

Play this paranormal game in the dark.
All lights must be turned off to play the Closet Game.

Step 2:

Enter your closet completely alone and shut the door behind you.

Enter the closet to play a paranormal game.
Enter the dark closet to summon this dark entity.

Step 3:

Turn around so that you are facing the door of the closet. You must remain here in the complete darkness in silence fo the next two minutes.

Step 4:

Take one of the matches from its box and be prepared to light it. Then repeat the phrase “show me the light or leave me in darkness.” Now you must wait.

Step 5:

After this has been completed you must wait patiently, remaining completely silent and listen carefully to your surrounding environment. It is at this time you may begin to hear unexplained whispering. If you hear these whispers you must light your match immediately. Reacting too slowly to strike the match could result in something evil grabbing you from behind and dragging you away into another realm.

For safety strike the match.
Strike your match as soon as you hear whispering.

You might also hear nothing. If this is the case you must under no circumstances look behind you. You should wait a little while longer before also proceeding to light your match.

Step 6:

When you are ready to leave your closet and end the game you should do so carefully. Open the door to exit and take care not to let the light from your match extinguish. If it happens to go out, immediately light another match. You do not want to be left in darkness as you leave the closet. Once you are outside of the closet, switch on a light. The game has now come to a conclusion, yet your closet may never be the same.

Playing the scary Closet Game.
Playing the Closet Game to see if anything strange happens.

Going Forward:

From now on you are strongly advised never to look inside of your closet or even open the door to it unless you have a light switched on. You could now have summoned a dark entity or even a demon into your closet. It will remain there going forward. Supposedly, some who have played the game have reported strange activity to occur in and around their wardrobe. They have supposedly even been met with glowing red eyes peering back at them if the closet door is left open at night.

Put the light on to look inside your closet.
DO NOT enter or look inside your closet without the lights on after playing this game.

If you enjoyed learning about this paranormal game you may also like to check out the Hosting Game.

Thanks for reading!


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Comments (28)

  • Alex

    Posted by Alex on November 18, 2020

    i tried this once it was scary but nothing happend my light didn’t go out but i didn’t hear whispers and nothing came after me i dont know if it was actually real thats the reaon i tried it, but nothing happend idk if i did it wrong but im pretty sure i did everything the rules told me to do


      Posted by Amy on November 20, 2020

      Thanks for letting me know how it went, Alex.

  • Gopika

    Posted by Gopika on November 24, 2020

    I am really scared cause i have a closet, its doors are really loose they dont close properly and they open by themselves. T-T


      Posted by Amy on November 27, 2020

      Aw I hope you’re ok. If you’re scared please don’t play this game. But I must say it’s origins aren’t known and I don’t know of anyone being harmed. Take care.

  • Tiberius

    Posted by Tiberius on November 30, 2020

    What if u dont hear whispers at all, do u still have to light the match


      Posted by Amy on December 6, 2020

      It is most important to make sure you end the game correctly by turning on the light when you end the game.

  • Magnolia2026

    Posted by Magnolia2026 on April 16, 2021

    i will be scared to death i refuse playing the closet game i will have a hard attack


      Posted by Amy on April 17, 2021

      Thanks for reading about the Closet Game.

  • Brayden Palm

    Posted by Brayden Palm on May 2, 2021

    Does a lighter work as a match


      Posted by Amy on May 4, 2021

      Never tried it, the rules I have read say matches specifically. Be safe

  • lyra

    Posted by lyra on May 9, 2021

    am going to play this game at night and today. wish me luck


      Posted by Amy on May 17, 2021

      Good luck and play safe!

  • Yinistar

    Posted by Yinistar on June 14, 2021

    I didn’t play it but one of my friend has say don’t try this game but I ask why he told me everything and he say keep my lights on when after playing this game( I was like what?)


      Posted by Amy on June 15, 2021

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Janessa

    Posted by Janessa on August 22, 2021

    Did it work for you Amy?


      Posted by Amy on August 24, 2021

      Thanks for your comment, you can see what happened in the video over on Youtube.

  • Nicole

    Posted by Nicole on September 21, 2021

    Played the game, absolutely nothing happened. Don’t let your mind play tricks on you.


      Posted by Amy on September 25, 2021

      Cool! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Flo Kiwara-Munro

    Posted by Flo Kiwara-Munro on March 8, 2022

    hi amy i just finished playing the game and it worked right after i finished my anxiety kicked in and it freaked me out and how do i get my clothes out


      Posted by Amy on March 22, 2022

      Hi Flo. Legend has it you can open the closet if you have a light on. But keep in mind this is a paranormal game based largely on legend only. There is no definitive proof that it is real or poses any serious harm.

  • Griff

    Posted by Griff on March 25, 2022

    I was wondering if a candle works for this game and I personally never tried this before so tonight is a definitely gonna be a first I’ve heard from a friend that it worked for him and now he is terrified of opening his closet and even going in there especially at night but I’ve tried the Midnight Man game so I doubt this will be that scary compared to that


      Posted by Amy on April 3, 2022

      The rules specifically say matches, so I cannot say, but I would take the game with a grain of salt. Many of these games are based on legends and urban myths and I don’t know of any confirmed case of anyone being harmed. Having said that though, the risk of fire or injury from candles and matches is definitely real so always be careful.

  • Jack Pozega

    Posted by Jack Pozega on July 26, 2022

    One of my friends sibling died after playing a card ritual. I won’t touch these type of things because of that.


      Posted by Amy on July 26, 2022

      HI Jack, I’m sorry to hear about your friend, but please do take these games with a grain of salt – I don’t know of any cases of death, injury or harm that have been confirmed to be directly caused by playing any paranormal games (or any paranormal activity in general). I mean, one could injure themselves or cause harm through use of candles, for example, so always take caution in that regard, but I don’t believe that any paranormal activity, itself, has ever been proven to be a cause of any harm to any person.


    Posted by AMETHYST on December 15, 2022

    I tried I no longer can sleep but I did hear whispers and lit the match but my phone went off and my friend came in so I’ll try it again sometime 🙂


      Posted by Amy on December 22, 2022

      Take these games with a grain of salt. They are based on lore, can be a bit of spooky fun, but I don’t know of anyone that has actually been harmed playing these games. The most dangerous part about it is probably the candles, so always take care.

  • Bella Sears

    Posted by Bella Sears on March 3, 2023

    I have not played this game before, but I have played Bloody Mary at my school. Now, I’m terrified that Mary is attached to me, and I really want to play this game. But, I’m scared that whatever is in the closet will also become attached to me…


      Posted by Amy on March 13, 2023

      Take these games with a grain of salt. I’m not aware of any confirmed cases of anyone getting harmed playing any of these games (Bloody Mary included)

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