Get In The Halloween Spirit With These Scary Urban Legends From Across the Latinidad

With Halloween nearly here, we are fully immersed in spooky season. What better time to encourage a little good-natured fright. While haunted houses and scary movies are a good source for a quick thrill, we also have an underutilized resource when it comes to all things hair-raising. The many countries that make up the Latinidad are full of terrifying urban legends that are sure to give you a chills. No doubt you’ve heard of La Llorna and El Cucuy ⁠— two of the most well-know monsters from Latin America ⁠— but there are many more monsters to explore this Halloween season. Here are the most spine-tingling urban legends the Latinidad has to offer.  

1. La Lechuza

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La Lechuza is a shape shifting witch with the body of a giant owl and the face of a woman. Originating in Mexico and South Texas, the legend around La Lechuza states that she was a woman who sold her soul to the Devil for her magical powers. She attracts her prey by mimicking whistling and the sound of a baby’s cries. When people venture out to discover the source of the noise, she swoops down and catches them with her sharp talons. Legends also say that she can conjure thunderstorms and that those who survive her attacks always die under mysterious circumstances soon after. 

2. El Silbón

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A lost soul legend dating back to the 19th century, El Silbón comes from Colombia and Venezuela. He is the spirit of a young man who killed and disemboweled his own father for killing his wife. For his crime, El Silbón’s grandfather whipped him and set two ravenous dogs upon the injured man. Before he died, his abuelo condemned him to wander the world carrying a bag of his father’s bones. Also known as the Whistling Man, his whistles warn victims before he attacks. The further away his whistling, the more danger and the only thing that can stop him from attacking is the sound of a dog barking. 

3. El Basilisco chilote

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Originating from Chilota mythology, El Basilisco chilote is a fearsome animal that lives in Chile. Having the crest of a rooster and the body of a snake, El Basilisco hatches from an egg incubated by a rooster. The creature digs a hole underneath a home and then feeds off the saliva of the house’s inhabitants. This causes the house’s occupants to all dehydrate and die. The only way to defeat El Basilisco is to burn down the house it dwells under. 

4. El Sombrerón

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Most famous in Guatemala but also found in Mexican legend, El Sombrerón is a bogeyman figure similar to El Cucuy. Though he is known by many names, his characteristics usually describe him as being a short figure dressed in all black with a large sombrero and boots that make lots of noise when he walks. Weirdly, he likes to braid hair; especially the long hair of women who draw his attention. If he falls in love with a women, she won’t be able to eat or sleep until she returns his feelings.

5. Luz Mala

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Unlike the other legends on this list, this one isn’t a personified spirit or mythical animal. No one knows for sure what the Luz Mala is but its story is most popular in Argentina and Uruguay. It appears as a ghostly light or trio of lights appearing off towards the horizon. Sometimes the light is still and other times it is said that the light will chase the observer. The legend says that if someone digs under where the lights appear, they will find metallic objects or indigenous pottery. However, a deadly gas will escape the ground and kill anyone who attempts to claim the treasures. 

6. El Peuchen

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From Chile, El Peuchen is a mythological shapeshifter which usually takes on the form of a flying serpent. The creature makes a whistling sounds as it flies through the sky. El Peuchen’s stare paralyzes its victims so it can suck blood from their bodies and is often accused of attacks on local livestock. The only thing that can defeat El Peuchen is Mapuche Medicine Woman.

7. El Pishtaco

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From the Andes, El Pishtaco is a man-like creature especially well known in Peru and Bolivia. Originating from the time that Spanish conquistadors came to South America, the monster typically appears as a white-skinned stranger. El Pishtaco will sneak up on its prey and suck the fat from their body using an appendage that comes from its mouth. Pre-Hispanic natives in the Andes prized fat so this legend is an allegory for the White Man stealing their wealth and treasures. 

8. La Ciguapa

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Hailing from the mountains of the Dominican, La Ciguapa is a human-like, female-appearing creature. With long, silky hair that covers her body, this legend has blue or brown skin and legs that face the opposite way than they should. Magical beings with nocturnal habits, La Ciguapa are supposed to be bringers of death but other tales warn against becoming bewitched by staring the creature in the eyes. Both beautiful and grotesque, there are still sightings of La Ciguapa to this day.

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President Trump Declares Día de Muertos a ‘National Remembrance Day’ For Americans ‘Killed By Illegal Aliens’

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President Trump Declares Día de Muertos a ‘National Remembrance Day’ For Americans ‘Killed By Illegal Aliens’

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On October 30th, President Donald Trump released a memo declaring November 1st a “National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed By Illegal Aliens”.

Almost immediately, Latinos recognized that Trump’s “day of remembrance” directly coincided with another significant day of remembrance–Dia de Muertos.

The proclamation stated that the purpose of the rememberance day was to honor the lives of Americans who were “so egregiously taken from us by criminal illegal aliens.” It continued: “As sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and as American citizens, these precious lives are an irreplaceable piece of our national community.”

Trump concluded the statement by saying that we “recommit to ensuring that those responsible for these tragedies face justice, while taking every action to prevent these horrific acts from occurring in our Nation.”

Naturally, many Americans saw this as a direct slap in the face to Latinos who celebrate Dia de Muertos on the same day.

It is no secret that Trump has openly derided Mexican immigrants on multiple occasions, calling them “drug dealers”, “criminals”, “rapists”, and “bad hombres”.

Throughout his term, he has sought to limit all forms of immigration from the Southern border–even asylum seekers. His reasoning is that immigrants from Mexico are violent and dangerous, but statistics paint a different story. Studies have shown that crime rates are actually lower among immigrants than they are among native-born Americans.

This type of cultural insensitivity reminds is reminiscent of Trump’s Oklahoma campaign rally over the summer. As a refresher, Trump held the rally in Tulsa on June 11th–also known as Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of Black Americans from slavery. The fact that the rally was held in Tulsa also added insult to injury. Tulsa is the infamous site of the Tulsa Race Massacre, where jealous white Americans slaughtered residents of Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” en masse. Either Trump didn’t do his homework, or he was blatantly inflaming historical racial wounds. Either way, the decision was thoughtless.

Of course, many people on Twitter were shocked and appalled by Trump’s ‘National Remembrance Day’ proclamation.

This proclamation reeks of blatant race-baiting and overall disrespect for this deeply sentimental Latin American tradition.

This Latina doesn’t seem to be convinced that the date Trump chose for this “Remembrance Day” was coincidental.

The anti-Latino sentiment coming from Trump is undeniable this time.

This Twitter user couldn’t help but point out the hypocrisy of calling certain immigrants “illegal” when the OG illegal immigrants were white colonizers.

Where is the remembrance day for the millions of Indigenous people killed by European colonizers? Or the millions of Africans who were stolen from their ancestral homes and forced into slavery?

This Twitter user pointed out the statistical disparity between Americans killed by “illegal aliens” and those killed by COVID-19.

We wish Donald Trump would’ve used this same energy when it came to containing and controlling the spread of the coronavirus across the United States at the beginning of this year.

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This Cannabis Dispensary in Santa Ana Had a Dia De Los Muertos Event and Here’s Everything You Missed

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This Cannabis Dispensary in Santa Ana Had a Dia De Los Muertos Event and Here’s Everything You Missed

Dispensaries, especially unlicensed shops, are not known to be the friendliest of places. For first timers, it can be quite intimidating to go into one and be presented with a plethora of products, where do you even begin? As you stand there trying to figure out what everything means, the pressure grows as fast as the line behind you and the budtender gives you simple responses that don’t even answer your inquiries. You probably ended up leaving with more questions than you went in with and picked the best sounding products, but don’t really know what you got or what to do with it.

Tropicanna is here to change that narrative.

The dispensary, which is located in Santa Ana, serves and delivers to the greater Orange County area, including Anaheim, Irvine, and all the way to San Clemente. You can spot the shop from blocks away, the bright turquoise and pink building is easily discernible among the surrounding storefronts. The inspiration for the decor and color scheme is tied back to the original Tropicana Club in Havana Cuba, mixed with Miami vibes and culture for a modern and Instagrammable experience.

“At Tropicanna, we want people to have fun and feel at home,” co-owner JP told mitú. “When people walk into the shop, we want them to forget about all the other bad experiences they’ve had. We’re here to help, whether it be with medicinal or recreational cannabis, we want everyone to feel comfortable enough to ask all the questions they have and leave our store confident with their choices.” 

Having been to various dispensaries, I can confidently attest to the fact that their customer service team is unparalleled. Seriously. At no point in time did I feel rushed, and when I talked to the reps it was like I was talking with a friend. The shop is well stocked in all types of products, and the customer service reps were able to help me figure out which ones were right for me based on the experience I wanted to have. I even ended up leaving with a couple of products for my mom (she needs her chocolatitos to help her go to sleep).

Not only is Tropicanna changing the customer experience game, they are also inviting the community to get involved and participate in the various events they host, the most recent of which was for Dia De Los Muertos.

“We would be nothing without our community,” continued JP, “so we wanted to let them know that we appreciate them and are proud to be a part of it. That was where the inspiration for the event came in. At the end of the day, at Tropicanna we want to stand out in the experience we provide but also community presence.”

The main event setup was in the parking lot, but there was plenty to see inside the shop. As soon as you walked in you were able to sign up for a giveaway, which was complete with products from the vendors stationed outside. Cempasuchil flowers and calaveras were everywhere, most of the staff was in full calavera makeup, and there was even an altar!

If you purchased any products from the companies that were sponsoring the event, you got some free treats from the vendors outside. 👀

Food was provided by @chef_flip_fantabulas

Chef Rudy, the founder of @cannabiscateredevents, has figured out how to take delicious food and elevate it. He’s at Tropicanna every Tuesday with a weekly rotating menu. This time he made carne asada esquites that were so good, just thinking about them is making me hungry. The meal was not infused, but Chef Rudy encourages customers to season and infuse their food at home with products you can purchase inside Tropicanna! Check out his IG for more info.

Nomad Cocktail Co.

I needed something to wash down my esquites, so I went over to @nomadcocktailco and got a mocktail. Maddi, the business owner and former bartender, works with products from @kan_ade_ and Cannabis Quenchers to create specialty drinks that are as delicious and potent as they are pretty. My favorites were the piña drink with the chamoy rim and the blueberry pomegranate, complete with a cempasuchil flower 😋 Check out @nomadcocktailco and @kan_ade_ for more!

La Familia

By far one of my favorite brands, La Familia is Los Angeles based and Latino owned and operated, which is rare in the cannabis industry. I first discovered them when they launched their infused chocolates, which come in flavors like Mazapan, Fresas con Crema, and Cajeta, just to name a few. This time Tania Noyola, the brand ambassador, introduced me to some of their newer products such as their Chocolate Abuelita cookies and their Churro Rice Krispie (both super yum), and their aguas frescas, which come in flavors such as Horchata, Mango, Fresa, and even Limón con Pepino! Rumor has it they even have some chile covered gummies dropping in the next few months. @lafamiliachocolate is definitely a brand you’re going to want to keep tabs on.


Wonderbrett is another Los Angeles local vendor and they brought with them artist @eternallovetribe, well known for collaborating with BJ The Chicago Kid and bringing his design to life. The design is now the packaging for one of Wonderbrett’s most popular strains, “Black Orchid,” which is “perfect for relieving stress, anxiety, insomnia, and pain.” It was really cool to watch @eternallovetribe’s art process as they created a custom piece for the event. Check out Wonderbrett’s website here.

Humboldt’s Finest Farms

What makes Humboldt’s Finest Farms different from all the other brands? For starters, they are a co-op of 3 farmers who are all about sustainability and giving back to the community. From the way they grow their plants to the biodegradable packaging, everything that Humboldt Farms does is with intention. Their goal is to produce the highest quality products in the most natural way. Click this link to check out their website.

Dreamt Products

Another minority owned business! Created by Latina scientist, Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, Dreamt Products began when the founder started suffering from insomnia. Dr. Vazquez Mitchell had been working with cannabis since she was 17 years old, and decided to take her experience and combine it with her education to find a natural solution to her problem. Today, Dreamt Products has tinctures and vapes designed to help you get the sleep you need. Click here to find out more!

If you still had room for dessert, Afters Ice Cream was there to satisfy your craving.

Naturally, I went with their mango sorbet and added tajin and chamoy. Not available infused, but still delicious 😉

If you missed the event, don’t fret! Tropicanna told mitú they’re planning on having at least one event every month. As far as what else we have to look forward to in November, they’re having major markdowns for Black Friday and will be having even more for delivery on Cyber Monday. Check out Tropicanna’s website for more info!

Tropicanna can be found at 1628 S. Grand Ave, Santa Ana CA 92705

Questions? Call (714)701-8186 for more information.

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