When I was 17 me and a group of friends found out about an old abandoned building that was near to an old unused mental health hospital or care home (I can't really remember which it was but the name was Winterton and it was in a village called Sedgefield). We thought it would be a cool place to hang out so we went to see what it was like. It was a two story building made of grey stone (sorry for the technical talk there) and all the windows had been boarded up. We found a big window on the ground floor where the board had been pulled loose at one corner and we went inside. After having a look around the whole building, we thought it must have been a wing of the hospital reserved for children or teenagers as there was a room where the walls were covered in graffiti-type art and cartoon characters (the only one of which I can remember was Kenny from south park), but it didn't look as if other people like ourselves who had came here after it was abandoned had done it.
Anyway it was a pretty creepy place which gave it a certain charm, so we started hanging out there fairly often and one day one of my friends suggested we do a Ouija board and being young and foolish we all agreed. We made our own using bits of paper with the letters written on them, a glass tumbler and a monopoly board (which we turned upside down for professionalism). We got it all set up in one the rooms upstairs and lit a few candles so we could see what we were doing and we all put one finger each on the glass tumbler. After a while of us asking questions it seemed like nothing would happen but then the glass started to move and it indicated that it was going to hurt one of my friends (who I will call Rob). We were all a little freaked out by this and stopped immediately. We then burned the letters we had made and smashed the glass (I had heard that you are meant to do this although I can't remember where from) and we started running out of the building.
On the way out one of my other friends (Steven) admitted it had been him moving the glass and we all had a laugh about it but just as we were nearing the bottom of the stairs we heard heavy footsteps upstairs that sounded like someone running and they were moving closer to us so we all ran full speed out of the building and across the field. I never went back to there again after that.
A little later that day most of my friends had went home and there were only four of us left (one being Rob and another being Steven) and we went to Rob's house as he had to go home for dinner but he said that we could wait in his garage. After waiting for a while we decided we would do another Ouija board (I really don't know why) even though we knew Steven had been moving the glass before. This time we apparently got in contact with a young girl that had been murdered and we were asking a few questions when the glass started moving faster and faster around the board. I thought it was Steven again moving the glass, but he looked just as shocked as us and then the glass got really hot and I took my hand away and I had a really bad blister on my finger for about three days. I am not in contact with any of my friends from those days anymore, but from the day we did it until the last time we talked about it both of my friends that were there swore blind that it wasn't them moving the glass and neither of them felt it get hot. Also I think I should add when the glass got hot it wasn't like a gradual building of heat it was an instant thing.
Ouija Board Story
This story isn't about me but it is a story I was told by my mother, and I don't know if it is true but my mother definitely wouldn't make something like this up. It is a story she was told herself about her father. He and a group of his friends were getting drunk one night in a graveyard (of all the places to get drunk) and they started doing a Ouija board. At some point I guess they must have offended something because the glass shattered and a piece of it got stuck in one of them (I won't go into details with the age limit being 13) and he died right there.
To be honest I think this sounds a little farfetched. I mean I suppose it is entirely possible but it just sounds to me like one of those stories that are made up to scare children away from doing something. I just thought I'd share this one with everyone and let them make up their own minds about it and hopefully my stories about Ouija boards will deter other people from trying them as they are definitely not toys that should be messed with for a laugh.