The Charlie Charlie Challenge is a new spooky trend/game among teenagers. All you need to play is a piece of paper, two pencils and an open mind. Place the pencils on top of each other, perpendicularly, in the shape of a cross. Then write the word “yes” in the top two quadrants, and “no” in the lower two. Then ask “Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” or any other question you’d like to ask a spirit that might be hanging around. The pencil on the top will eventually move to either a yes or no quadrant, signaling the presence of a spirit — or simple gravity.
Where did this spooky phenomenon begin? No one knows. And let’s face it, kids don’t really care. Various religious groups are warning against Charlie Charlie, with one priest telling parents it “invites the demon.” But Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Stephen Schlozman (author of The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse), told Fusion that Charlie Charlie attracts teens’ attention because “kids are interested in the dares that aren’t actually all that dangerous, but have that feeling of danger to them.”