A pink version of the popular Ouija board game has some critics seeing red.

The children's sleepover staple — sold by Hasbro since 1967 — now comes in hot pink, an edition released two years ago that gets tweens to call on "spirits" to spell out answers to life's pressing questions.

It's designed for young girls ages 8 and older, but some say the mysterious product is a "dangerous spiritual game" that opens up anyone, particularly Christians, to attacks on their soul.

The game continues to be sold at Toys R Us locations in the U.S. and Canada for $19.99.

COMMENT: I am not one to get overly excited about alleged occult activities. But messing with Ouija boards can have very scarey consequences. I am 100% certain that things happen that shouldn't happen and my certainty is based on 100% trustworthy evidence. MadPriest says DON'T DO IT! And, for goodness sake don't encourage your kids to play with fire. They could end up getting burned.


STUPID OR SICK? – YOU DECIDE (2) — 28 Comments

  1. Jonathan – I SO second you on this.

    There is just no telling what one will be getting mixed up with when using a Ouija board, I don’t care how pink and cutesy they make it.

    WTF what Hasbro thinking?!

    Tracie the Red

  2. I have always been completely freaked out by Ouija boards and totally agree that no one should go near them, let alone kids.

  3. My memories of playing with a Ouija board are of harmless questions- and my friends and I pushing around the indicator thing, but never admitting it. So, I don’t quite get the ebofear.

  4. My memories of playing with a Ouija board are of harmless questions

    Yes. But you’re most likely still possessed by Beelzebub himself. You probably have just been putting it down to indigestion.

  5. I think the action Ouija boards is rooted in depth psychology. However, it can be dangerous to access the unconscious without guidance. Spiritual directors should know quite a bit about this, and I’d like to hear from some of the ones who have experience.

  6. I think it is psychologically and spiritually harmful, but then so are most fundamentalist churches.

    Just say no to weird stuff that freaks you out and messes with your brain!
    (phew! now I can calm down…)

    The letters I have to type read “Satatin” – an anagram of “It Satan” – go figure:)

  7. The girl at her party did think
    “Lets all play with my ouija” – (it’s pink)
    So they laid on the ground 
    And all moved it around
    What a night! (Here’s the internet link).

  8. I am tired and confused – unable to sort out the snark from the sincere. Aside from finding this peptobismal board exceedingly ugly, it’s still just a Ouija board is no different than “seances,” crystal balls, palm reading, Tarot, or fundie interpretations of the Book of Revelation… Fearing them makes as much sense as being afraid to look into a mirror in a dark room and say “Bloody Mary” three times for fear that you really would conjure her up from the grave…

  9. Ouija boards, palm readers, tarot cards, tea leaves, Piwacket, Harry Potter, and Pat Robertson …what do they have in common?

    As Church Lady would premise …..Oh I don’t know …. could it be SATAN?!?

  10. Yes. Because, if you just keep the kids away from the Ouija boards, nothing bad will ever happen to them. Forget cigarettes, booze, unprotected sex or drugs, just – for God’s sake! – keep them away from the Ouija boards.

  11. David G – JK Rowling is a Christian. And I always thought Pyewacket was a great name for a cat, just as Vinegar Tom and Grizzel Greedigut are great names.

    Other than that, I think you’re probably right.

  12. As a matter of fact I pray for Rowling, among a largish list of people. Everyone thinks her life must be so enviable, and in a way it is, but the more material wealth you have, the more it’s like static getting in between you and the still small voice of God, as I think Jesus pointed out, though not in those words. I get the impression she gives quite a lot of it away, but I still worry that one day she’s going to announce she’s lost her faith, and the effect of that on all her millions of young fans would probably be disastrous.

  13. I’m with renzmqt. I’m not superstitious in the least and feel the same way about Ouija Boards as I do about astrology, homeopathic medicine, or Bigfoot.

    The Real Universe® is more than sufficiently wondrous and amazing w/o making sh*t up 😉

  14. I had a ouija board in jr. high school. I could make the pointer move without touching it, as long as the other person was touching it. Nasty things happened.

    Those things are not toys and should be burned. We finally tossed mine out because my mom had had enough.

  15. Dear Madpriest, I probably am possessed, which is why I’m a Presbyterian minister I’m sure- but I must admit- I could never push around the indicator with my mind.
    Have a nice day

  16. Or perhaps, Jan, you have always been a little angel and so impervious to the machinations of the evil one. Whilst it’s an open secret that Presbyterian Gal is wicked to the core like most of the other ne’erdowells that hang around my blog 🙂

  17. MP–I just wanted you to know that your post on this issue has really encouraged me to think about my theology of evil.

    I have spent many years thinking about my beliefs about God–but I’ve sort of avoided thinking about the other side of the coin. I even taught a class a few years ago on the “Devil in Art and Literature,” and didn’t really come to any conclusions about the nature of evil. It’s a hard subject to think about.

    As for the Ouija board….I can understand people’ skepticism. I’m not generally a very superstitious person myself. But I do believe that if you start messing around with spirits, you can open the door to evil–whether you mean to or not. And, ISTM, that evil is only waiting for an invitation to come in.