Ghost Paper Challenge: How To Play

Ghost Paper Challenge: How To Play

The Ghost Paper Challenge

The Ghost Paper Challenge has become one of the most popular paranormal games on the internet. It appears the game’s origins don’t span back too far in time, though it gained popularity with many Youtubers jumping on the trend a couple of years ago. The game is quite simple and players should take care when playing, as with all games.

How to Play the Ghost Paper Challenge

Step 1:

Gather supplies to play this game. You will need a piece of paper, pen or pencil, candle, matches and a room with a door. You should also be aware of the time as this game needs to be played at 3 am.

Supplies for the Ghost Paper Challenge.
Gather your supplies to play the paranormal game known as the Ghost Paper Challenge.

Step 2:

Prepare to play by turning off all the lights in your home. Enter the room you wish to play and close the door. Place your piece of paper on the floor in front of the closed door. Light and place your candle next to the paper. Now, wait until 3 am.

Step 3:

When the clock hits 3, knock three times on the door and repeat: “spirit of the door, I welcome you; make yourself present and come through.”

3am is when you play the Ghost Paper Challenge.
You must knock on the door at 3am.

Step 4:

Now you can begin to communicate. Use your pen or pencil to write down a question on the paper. Then place the pen on the paper and slide them both halfway under the door. You should now wait.

Waiting for response while playing the ghost paper challenge.
Slide your question underneath the door and wait for a response.

Step 5:

If the paper does not move, your attempt to summon a ghost has failed. You should then skip to the last step to end the game. If the pen and paper are moved, you have been successful and should proceed.

Step 6:

If you do not receive the paper back, you should immediately end the game. If the paper slides back, you should read your response. If the spirit seems angered by what you have asked end the game.

End the paranormal ritual known as ghost paper challenge properly.
Ending the game.

Step 7:

If successful, you may repeat this until you have asked three questions. You should then end the game. To do so, thank the spirit, and blow out your candle. You should also make sure to keep the door shut until the sun rises and daylight is present.

Warnings About Playing

As with all games it pays to be cautious as you never know when you will receive a response when reaching out to the spirit world. However, it is highly likely this game was created for some lighthearted fun.

  • Though this is primarily a one-player game, it can be played with more participants inside the room. You should still limit what you ask to just three questions.
  • If you receive a response that seemed agitated by what has been asked, you should end the game immediately and thank the spirit.
  • You can ask anything you want, but you should always be respectful.
  • Never ask more than three questions.
  • Don’t open the door at any point during the game and even once you have finished playing you should wait until sunrise to open the door again.

If you enjoyed this article you might also like to learn about other games like the Picture Game and Red Door Yellow Door.

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Comments (14)

  • unknow

    Posted by unknow on June 12, 2021

    am i suppose to say spirit of the door, I welcome you; make yourself present and come through.” 3 time ?


      Posted by Amy on June 13, 2021

      Hello! The rules that I am familiar with only state to say this once, though it probably won’t hurt to repeat it a few more times.

  • Ghost of the spirits

    Posted by Ghost of the spirits on July 6, 2021

    Es ist wichtig es 3 mal ” Geist der Tür, ich heiße dich willkommen, mach dich present und komm durch” zu sagen und drei mal zu klopfen da es für 3 Uhr morgens steht und so die eigentlichen Regeln des Spiels ist.


      Posted by Amy on July 7, 2021

      Danke für den Tipp!

  • goku

    Posted by goku on September 13, 2021


  • Chase Fiasco

    Posted by Chase Fiasco on October 9, 2021

    will it work with a regular light?


      Posted by Amy on October 10, 2021

      You could always try, I guess, but these were the rules I was familiar with.

  • Sophia Baker

    Posted by Sophia Baker on October 11, 2021

    When we say thank you/ goodbye to the spirit, do we say it out loud or write it down and wait for a response?


      Posted by Amy on October 13, 2021

      I think we said it out loud.

  • Billy Flack

    Posted by Billy Flack on February 12, 2022

    Thank you for this information, it worked very proudly.


      Posted by Amy on February 13, 2022

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • andrea

    Posted by andrea on March 15, 2024

    what happens if the spirit is not happens with what we asked but we don’t blow out the candle?


      Posted by Amy on May 27, 2024

      These games haven’t been proven to work so I would take them with a grain of salt. If you have any interesting experiences, be sure to share.

  • Lavender

    Posted by Lavender on March 28, 2024

    Can’t wait to try (even though I found this about 2 years later.)

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