A paranormal investigator has slammed Poundland for selling Ouija boards as part of its Halloween products.
Paul Marsters has warned that deadly demons could be released by the boards if they are in the hands of anyone but mediums.
Paul, who is a member of True Paranormal Events UK, said he was “gobsmacked” when he saw the spirit board on sale for £1 in his local budget store, Hull Live reports.
He said: “Ouija boards are most certainly not a toy and should not be available for kids to buy in pound shops for Halloween – never mind adults that are not trained in how to use them.
“It does not matter if they are plastic or wood, if the planchette spells the word ‘Zeus’ it is a demon trying to come through and you should not even say the name, never mind continuing to communicate with it.
“All hell could break loose if the demon attached itself to anyone and follow them around. Nasty spirits can scratch and attack people and should not be messed with as people could get seriously hurt.
“So I was gobsmacked when I saw that Poundland were selling these Ouija boards and was profoundly shocked and just fuming really.”
Mr Marsters said other paranormal investigators have spoken of their anger that spirit boards are being sold for all.
He said the paranormal community say the devices can “destroy people’s lives” and “spirits can cause suicides as some are more ‘sinister’ than others.
“We won’t even touch Ouija boards – we only have mediums to do that who are trained as they are just too dangerous and you don’t know what it will entail using them,” he continued.
“We only use glass work to communicate with the spirits in that way.
“Everyone in the paranormal spirit field is angered – the risks of untrained people using Ouija boards is unimaginable so it is ludicrous that Poundland are selling them off.
“On Halloween night the veil into the spirit world is very thin and people are buying these Ouija boards just for Halloween so I dread to think what will happen when these boards are in the wrong hands.”
Paul, a paranormal investigator for seven years, said he could not see an age limit on the product but Poundland it is restricted for over 18s.
A spokesman told Hull Live they are marketed for adults and due to their popularity they are now sold out.
He added: “While the Spirit Boards were marked for adults and were blocked from being only sold to children at tills, they were part of our extensive Halloween décor range this year in only around 90 of our 800+ stores.
“In any event, they’ve now just about vanished.”