Why am I angry? Well, I can't seem to find one!
I was first alerted to spirit boards by Creepy Town at this spookily low price through a tweet by @revpeterlaws, of Creepy Cove Podcast fame. The horror-movie-loving Reverend wrote: "You can now buy Ouija Boards in @Poundland. Comes with planchette plus a demon/a spirit/a nothing - depending on your worldview."
He mentioned that the picture he posted had been taken by his Facebook friend Rachel Evans, and you can see that photo here too.
So, I immediately went onto the Poundland website to have a look and to check if my local store had any in stock. I was very upset to find none. I Googled to see where else had one, but all I discovered was the Daily Mail being shocked at the budget chain selling them, and quoting a doom-mongering clairvoyant saying they are bad. I've blogged in the past with my thoughts about the dangers of Ouija boards. All I'll add now is that these Poundland items were apparently marked for sale to over-18s only, which is fine in my opinion.
Following my own failure at tracking down a £1 Ouija board, I messaged all my friends. Apparently several of them had rushed out to Poundland to get one, but not been lucky. They did come back with other rather nice Halloweeny things, including bleeding skull candles and Halloween wreaths, but no spirit boards.
Although I was quite keen to review one for my blog, I don't actually need a new spirit board. I bought a very good quality one from Treadwell's at their Samhain event last year. You can see that in the lower picture on this post. I'll be using it along with my other scrying tools this year, as is traditional in witchcraft on the night when the veil between the worlds is thin.
Throughout the month of October I'm posting pictures of Halloween treats I've seen in shops and online as well as sharing photos of other people's wonderful finds. If you've spotted something worth mentioning, do leave a comment.
EDIT 10 OCTOBER: Apparently the Ouija boards were removed from sale at Poundland on October 2, following complaints. What a shame.
The top photo is copyright Rachel Evans
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