Paranormal experts and religious authorities have long warned against the use of Ouija boards, claiming they invite demonic possession and other unwanted attention from the spirit world. Fortunately, there’s a built-in barrier that prevents many of the uninitiated from finding one of these so-called tools of the devil online: spelling. Of all the mysteries surrounding the Ouija, how to spell it seems to be the greatest. In my research for this article, I’ve come across weegie, weegee, and – my personal favorite – wigi bored (tip: If you spell it that way, you’re probably not ready for transdimensional communication).
All the spelling confusion could be avoided if people simply used one of the generic terms – spirit board or talking board. Quija Board is actually a trademarked name intended specifically for the boards produced by Hasbro, Inc. Despite that, Ouija is how people refer to a wide variety of spirit boards – from mass produced plastic and cardboard products, to custom made works of art. Here are six interesting and unusual designs for sale that represent the full spectrum. Trust me, they definitely won’t leave you bored.
1. Hasbro Glow in the Dark Ouija Board
Talk about a no-brainer. Breaking out the old Hasbro Ouija board game has always made for good, scary fun at sleepovers and Halloween parties. Now you can make things extra spooky by turning off the lights. The downside? It’s much harder to tell if someone is deliberately moving the pointer.
2. Custom Witchcraft Spirit Board
This cool wooden spirit board features a classic witchcraft scene – complete with owls, bats, a talking tree, and other mysterious shadowed spirits. Given that this remarkable spirit board is handcrafted, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that it costs more than anything you’ll find in the board game aisle of your local department store. However, if you’re willing to pay the extra cost, you can pick up this and similar designs Etsy.com.
3. Mini Dollhouse Spirit Board
This miniature Ouija board is designed to 1:12 scale, a size that makes it an appropriate decoration for dollhouses. If you think that sounds twisted, keep in mind that back the late 1800s when spirit boards first became popular, they were actually considered pretty harmless. For a dollhouse modeled after that era, one of these custom miniatures actually adds a striking and historically accurate detail.
4. Habro Pink Ouija Board
Clearly this pink Ouija is marketed toward young girls and their sleepovers. The only thing missing is the likeness of a certain cat with a bow on her head. I could continue poking fun at this girly spirit board, but the customer reviews at Amazon do the job for me – if you want a few laughs, head over there.
5. Glass Top Spirit Board
This octagonal spirit board is geared toward wiccans. It’s centered around the Tree of Life, a pagan symbol of interconnection between our world and the spirit realm. With its glass top, the planchette (pointer) slides along more easily – keeping the conversation with The Other Side flowing freely, I guess you could say.
6. Custom Art Nouveau Spirit Board
If you’re really serious about spiritualism, or just unique artwork, you might want to consider getting a custom designed Ouija board like the one pictured here. You can have one of these beautiful art nouveau spirit boards made for you by an artist on Etsy. Just don’t plan on getting this exact design – each one is custom made, and no two are exactly alike. With one of these, the spirits will know exactly who’s calling.
Bonus: Ouija-Inspired Products
The original Ouija board not only spawned many creative variations, but also loads of novelty items. Here are a few clever Ouija-inspired products that you might want to consider picking up for yourself or a friend. Click an image to conjure up the product page where you can buy these.