SALEM, Mass. - It's that time of year to light a few candles, dress all in black and summon the spirits from the afterlife.
For some, the Ouija board is the perfect "game" to play when the calendar turns to October.
For others, it may just seem like a bunch of hocus-pocus.
But for Rick Schreck, it was the time to try and beat a world record for the world's largest Ouija board.
It took him 99 sheets of plywood, 20 gallons of wood stain and paint, and a year to build the massive game he's dubbed "Ouijazilla," CNET reported.
Schreck assembled his board on Salem Common over the weekend under gloomy skies, the Talking Board Historical Society said on Instagram.
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Salem Common officials took a drone photo of the board to see the scale of it.
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The planchette, or the pointer, weighs about 400 pounds and is glided around the board either by the people asking the friends on the other side questions, or the spirits themselves, CNET reported.
Schreck had permission from Hasbro, Inc., the company that has the rights to produce the Ouija board "game." Originally Parker Brothers, which is now owned by Hasbro, started production on it in the '60s, basing it on a design created by William Fuld, according to the Museum of Talking Boards.
The world record for the largest Ouija board was held by the owners of Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania, according to Guinness World Records. The board was painted on the flat roof of the former hotel.
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