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Here Are 20 Latino Legends From Our Childhood That Still Terrify Us As Adults Because That’s Latino Parenting

Around Halloween white friends love to share the scary stories there parents told them when they were growing up. Some of them are low key adorable little tales that don’t stand up to stories our parents told us. Low key, the monster stories our parents told us are very traumatizing. Yeah, we have a boogeyman, but he’ll actually kidnap you in a giant bag and take you back to his cave to drink your blood, as a medicinal cure for his suffering.

All the legends we hear have one common thread: listen to your mother, don’t leave the house at dark, don’t misbehave and eat your food or you’ll die. Hell, don’t even let an ankle dangle off your bed or la mano peluda will pull you under the bed and we’ll miss you so much, muñeco lindo. Our parents are savage but it made us the people that we are today.

La Lechuza

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The most important and relevant legend for modern times is La Lechuza. She’s an old witch that turns into a big ass bird who loves to attack las borrachas. Beware of owl sounds, because that could be La Lechuza luring you in to eat you. This is especially terrifying if you are in Texas where she loves to hunt.

La Luz Mala

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This is how your parents proved to you that every single horror story they tell you is true. See that light in the photo? Es la luz mala.

She shines a few feet above the ground and only comes out at night. If you look directly at the light, you die. Legit. You just die.

La Ciguapa

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She’s naked. She has very long hair. Her feet are backwards. Que horror. But it gets worse. Boys, don’t look in her eyes or you’ll be cast under her spell, follow her into the woods and you’ll never be heard from again. It isn’t clear what happens to you once you go into the woods, but know that it is not good if you never come out of the woods.

El Cucuy

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He’s the Latino boogey man, but unlike the white version, El Cuco or El Cucuy will straight up eat you alive. Nobody knows what he looks like because he is always lurking in the dark and attacks when parents aren’t watching. However, your parents are also the ones who call him if you act up too much. Talk about a crappy relationship. Rest assured that the only place you’re safe is frozen stiff in your bed until the sun comes up.

La Mano Peluda

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This one got me real good. In case all these stories of blood sucking rats and weeping murderous women don’t make you nervous to leave your bed, a single disembodied hand is lying in wait under your bed to snatch you. I was terrified as a kid to even let an ankle dangle off my bed. My whole room was terrifying. Now, I still get weirded out if my foot or hand hangs off the bed.

La Cegua

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You know this is literally an “old wives’ tale” because the story goes that if you, a drunk cheating man, let’s a beautiful woman on your horse, her head turns into a horse skull with red eyes and big yellow teeth. She might not kill you, but she’s got your wife’s back and will definitely attack you in the most brutal fashion. Let that be a warning to you men out there with wandering eyes.

La Carreta Chillona

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La Carreta was made by a Spanish priest who pretended to be a miracle doctor in San Salvador, El Salvador, but he was a coldblooded killer. After his death, he came back as a ghost. Now, if you see the cart — made out of the bones of his victims — you’ll wake up dead the next day. Moral of the story: stay put in that bed when the sun goes down.

Acalica

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Acalicas are just tiny flying men that live in the caves of Bolivia. They also control the weather. As creepy as they look, they’re the butterflies of the old legends we’ve heard growing up.

La Llorona

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We all know that La Llorona is threat No. 1. The story goes that she drowned her children to get back at her cheating husband. Now, her ghost tries to kidnap kids at night, especially if they are sneaking out of the house, to have as her own and never be heard from again. She cries at night ove rthe death of her children hoping to rebuild her family with yours.

El Culébron

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Basically, Harry Potter’s basilisk was based off this casual childhood story we’d hear on the regular. The only difference is that this snake is super hairy with an extra big head and only comes out at night to eat anyone in its path.

El Chupacabra

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Leave it to a Boricua to make fake news a thing before social media was around. The story goes that one Puerto Rican woman saw a vampiric giant rat creature ya ya, es verdad. Don’t go too far from your parents or it’ll come to suck your blood. Like, it is technically meant o suck the blood of goats but when you are 5 and misbehaving and get threatened with this beast, things change…fast.

 El Poira

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Colombians hold on tight to the tale of El Poira. He is a short man with long golden hair and large hands and feet. He lives in an underwater lair and seduces women with the promise of forbidden treasures.

El Cadejo

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I resent the bad rap that this leyendo gave stray dogs. El Cadejo is basically a Latino werewolf. He’s a massive black dog with red eyes that only comes out at midnight. Better be home before midnight or you’re on your own.

 El Sombrerón

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El Sombrerón is the kind of creepy only Guatemala could give us. He likes to braid the manes of horses and young women he’s trying to serenade. The story goes that he was serenading a certain Susana, and no matter how hard her parents tried, they couldn’t keep him away.

Once they cut her long hair, he moved on. So watch out ladies, if you date someone your parents don’t like, they might chop off your hair.

El Duende

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Every country has a different version of El Duende that stems from colonial Spain, which actually had a law that said that anyone who moved into a home infested with duendes was allowed to abandon the home.

Duendes exist to kidnap you and eat you if you didn’t take out el pollo, clean your room, or come home on time.

Pishtaco

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Nope, not a fish taco, sadly. Pishtacos are basically drawn from the real life white devil colonizer. They’re white men “invaders”, sometimes priests, doctors, tourists, etc., and they roam the Andes to kill peasants and drain them of their body fat.

Cuidado con el Pishtaco. We happen to like our body fat in el Latino gang.

El Silbón

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El Silbón was just your average boy who became spoiled and one day brutally murdered his father and cannabalized his organs. Now, he wanders whistling around the countryside looking for more little boys to eat. When you hear his whistle is far away, that means he’s actually really close.

Really, it made the sound of the wind a major trigger well into adulthood.

Yacumama

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The Yacumama stems from an Amazonian indigenous legendary sea anaconda with horns. Tribes would blow a horn before entering the water to scare off the beast. Eventually, the story evolved into the yacumama masking itself as an elderly woman that will approach kids collecting water at the river and dragging them down into the abyss.

Don’t go in the water, kids! Yacumama is down there!

Peuchen

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You think it’s like the Yacumama, but it’s actually a flying vampiric snake hailing from southern Chile. Only Machi, the Mapuche medicine women can defeat the peuchen, so don’t even try, niño. Plus, if you stare into its eyes, you’ll become paralyzed while being drained of your blood.

Massacooramaan

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A lot of our monsters are hairy, because we’re hairy af. The Massacooramaan is a giant, hairy monster that lives in bodies of water, specifically in the Caribbean, and will go after people in small boats.

So don’t get any ideas and start thinking you’ll travel the seven seas. Stay home.


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Vanessa Bryant And Her Daughters Win Halloween With These Incredible Costumes

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Vanessa Bryant And Her Daughters Win Halloween With These Incredible Costumes

Life goes on.

Over nine months have passed since basketball great Kobe Bryant lost his life alongside his daughter Gigi and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

In the months since his death, fans have paid tribute to the former shooting guard who left behind three other daughters and his wife Vanessa and watched as his family has slowly attempted to pick up the pieces of their lives without them. Since then, they’ve celebrated holidays and their own birthdays. But holidays like Halloween present unique challenges, since they’re so focused on family.

However, leave it to Vanessa Bryant to show us what true resilience looks like. Over the weekend, she and her family celebrated Halloween in the best way possible and we’re living for their joy.

It’s official: they win Halloween!

Although it’s been a turbulent year – to say the least – for the Bryant family, Vanessa once again showed us all just how powerful and resilient she is by putting together an adorable family photoshoot to celebrate Halloween. Even though it’s the first Halloween without Kobe and Gianna Bryant, the family were all smiles.

Together as a family, they did a double photoshoot for Halloween this year that featured two sets of matching costumes between Vanessa and the three girls – the themes being Madeline (the beloved and popular children’s book series) and a Halloween classic, Star Wars.

The get-together seemed like a pretty joyous event, but of course the shadow of Kobe and Gigi still loom large, which makes the shoot pretty heart-breaking at the same time. Like we mentioned, this marks the first Halloween without them around — and yet, the Bryants carried on with the family tradition of dressing up like champs.

For their Matilda photoshoot, the family pulled out all the stops.

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So many of us grew up reading and watching Matilda, so this is an awesome idea for a Halloween costume. For their adorable photoshoot, Mama Bryant dressed up as the boarding school teacher, Miss Clavel, while Natalia and her baby sisters, Bianka and Capri, donned the traditional uniform of Madeline and her classmates, from the house in Paris covered in vines.

Needless to say, they look incredible, almost like they were torn right out of the page. It’s crazy, because this is actually more realistic and faithful to the illustrations than the live action movie from the ’90s.

Their Star Wars shoot was a total blast to the past.

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For their take on Star Wars, the family channeled some of the film’s most popular characters. Vanessa was a shorter version of Darth Vader, Natalia was a much taller version of BB8 — and the two little ones were a Storm Trooper and an Ewok, respectively. These outfits were like the family-friendly ones you might find at a Target or something, which played well for the camera.

Of course, their Halloween celebrations were not the only touching and heartwarming firsts that they have had since the death of Kobe and Gianna.

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On May 5, Vanessa celebrated her first birthday since the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter. She turned 38 years old.

In June, the family celebrated their youngest member, Capri’s first birthday. Vanessa penned a touching heartfelt tribute to celebrate the special day, which came five months after their loss. 

Vanessa has also tried to keep the memory of her loved ones alive with a heartfelt tattoo. In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband. 

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

The year has been a turbulent one for the Bryants, and fans are delighted to see that they are healing and finding their own ways to be happy together.

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You Sent us Your Real-Life Spooky Stories and We Are Definitely SPOOKED OUT

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You Sent us Your Real-Life Spooky Stories and We Are Definitely SPOOKED OUT

We asked and you guys delivered! We went on our social media last week asking you all what real-life scary stories you had happen in your own lives, and we had chills reading your submissions. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorites just in time for Halloween itself!

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Sent in by: Diego

There was a summer during high school when I got sucked into one of my friend’s late night supernatural obsessions. This was in Arcadia. My best friend had the habit of dropping his then girlfriend off at her home, very late at night, around 3:00am. And every night on the dot he did so. But when this happened, a mysterious man wearing a heavy jacket and boots in the sweltering Southern California heat would emerge from the trees of the neighboring park. He wore a hood and a surgical mask that covered nearly all of his face, but he was always so flushed that his skin had a reddish color. My friend took to calling him “Doctor Satan”, like the Rob Zombie movie. He would always emerge at 3:00am, walk a circular route around the neighborhood, and then disappear back into the park by 4:00am. He would never ever stop anywhere.

One night, after weeks of my friend telling me and everyone else in our friend group the story, we decided to pile into a car and wait for Doctor Satan. On the dot at 3:00am, Doctor Satan emerged. He walked quickly. Too quickly. We followed him in our car, but he soon rounded a corner and we lost sight of him. We raced along his usual route only to find him again, at least a mile ahead of us. It was impossible for him to have outrun us like that. We were in a car! And then after an hour, he disappeared again. We all laughed it off with teenage bravado and didn’t really speak of it again.

Fast forward to a week later, my friend tells us he’s been having the worst nightmares: all of them with Doctor Satan. He told us dreams where she chases him down and removes his mask to reveal horrible deformed mandibles full of sharp teeth. My friend thinks it’s weird, but then the room gets really quiet. One by one we reveal we’ve all been having the same dream.

Sent in By: @holacheska_

When I was a teen, I was visiting my family in Peru. One morning when I was brushing my teeth, as one does, I put my toothbrush back in the holder as I turned around to the opposite wall to dry off my mouth. Suddenly, I felt something hit my back and heard something hit the floor. When I turned to look down, I saw my toothbrush on the damn floor. I felt a cold chill go up my spine and I ran out screaming to my mom and tias.

Sent in by: @thisissayra_

One morning, I woke up before my sisters. It was summer vacation so my parents had gone to work and we all stayed home alone. I went downstairs to grab breakfast and I heard voices talking around the corner and along a hall we had. I thought it was my sisters trying to scare me. When they didn’t enter the kitchen after I called out to them, I walked over (still hearing the voices) but no one was there. I thought they were playing a joke on me and had run upstairs to hide back in bed, so I ran upstairs to catch them but they were knocked out asleep still. I touched their feet just to be sure (we had tile floors so their feet would be cold if they had gotten out of bed) but they were warm. Later my uncle told us he also had heard the voices of children in the same exact hall. We took a picture where we saw a figure and face of a child in that same hall. Freaky!

Sent in by: @661crafter

One night I’m in the restroom washing hands. Our hallway is pitch black.  As I turn off  the bathroom lights, I see and hear my grandson (2 years old) run past me to his room. I motioned to him with my hand “Let’s go”, indicating we should go to bed. As I’m signaling to him, I see him walk towards me. I keep walking. As I turn the corner, I see my grandson sitting in his high chair eating dinner with the rest of my family. My husband then asks, “Who are you talking to?” I was too scared to look back at what was following me. I’m 100% convinced that ghosts do exist.

Sent in by: @mrs_valentine13

When I was 8 years old,  I was in the shower and I turned around to a shadow walking on the wall. It had a top hat, a long trench coat, and a chin that looked long, kinda like the devil from power puff girls (I’m old,  The powerpuff girls were not around back then! lol). Then when I was 9 years old, I woke up after midnight and saw a girl that looked exactly like me standing on the bars of my baby sister’s crib. She didn’t move, she was just standing there. I was so scared. I put my head down and started praying Padre Nuestro and Ave Maria. When I looked back up, the girl was gone.


Sent in by: @flowerrosales 

When I was 37,  my older kids were out and I had my little one still at home with me. It was minutes away from midnight and we both were sitting on the couch. The couch was  L shaped and my child was lying on it opposite of where I was sitting. I dozed off a few seconds because it was so late and opened my eyes to see that there was a ghost staring at my daughter. She had long fingers and she was grey with jagged teeth and long curly hair, wearing an all grey dress. She looked right at me, her white eyes appearing like she just had one pupil. Quickly and suddenly, she dispersed into thin air. I was so shocked I couldn’t move. A couple minutes later, all my older kids walked in and I told them all what just happened.

Sent in by: @wendy.29

In my old house, TVs, radios, and other electronics would suddenly turn on or move out of place. My older sister’s friend’s son told us he saw a man in all black going to our bathroom, smiling at him. A few days later, my friend’s ex- boyfriend, without me telling her and her ex what was going on in my house, got up and asked me if he could use my bathroom. I said of course he could. He returned back into my room and told us he saw a man wearing all black walking straight to the bathroom. So, he decided to follow the man but he soon disappeared. WTF!!! But we were used to it. We would joke around with the ghosts and say “If you’re gonna turn on the tv, change the channel too.”

Sent in by: @i_lov3_da1s13s

I once lived next to a cemetery. One summer night, I heard a dog’s cry after the screeching of a tire. I thought maybe the dog was hit by the car. I opened the front door and went outside. I lived on the second floor, so I walked  east of the walk way but saw nothing. I also walked to the west side of the walkway and still saw nothing. On my way back to the door of my apartment, I said to myself; “One more look before I close my door.” When I looked over to the cemetery, I saw a silhouette marching towards the gate of the cemetery. It marched back to where it started, lifted itself up a little, spinned around and POOF!. It disappeared into the ground. I was in shock! I called my husband at the time, to come and look and he saw it, too! He said to leave it alone and I went back to bed, still in shock!! The silhouette did it two more times until it finally jumped over the gate and a leash appeared in its hand with a dog at the other end, walking across the street. My heart was racing, I started to shake and I couldn’t see it anymore because the other building got in the way. I ran inside my apartment, locked my door, got into bed and pulled my blankets over my head.I prayed so hard and all I can hear is my husband snoring. I was so scared. It’s an old cemetery and it has tombstones from the 1800s. There were war vets buried there, too. I’ve watched 3 burials happen during the time I lived next to it, but I have never seen anything like that happen there before or after that night.

Sent in by: @alonzo_12010

 My father went night hunting with his grandpa when he was about 10 years old in El Salvador. The night was pitch black. Overtime, my dad got separated from him. In search to find his grandpa again, my dad walked towards the river and heard a woman crying. He said he saw a woman all in white with long black hair. He was so scared. He quickly ran off and eventually bumps right into his grandpa.

Sent in by: Diego  

This is the story of my husband Mike taking me to see a local legend of his Rialto hometown. We had just started dating and he told me about something he called The Ghost Road. It was an industrial access road or something, past Fontana, past Rialto, towards San Bernardino (This was before the 210 freeway was finished). So, it was pretty remote. It was a one lane road with hills on either side, connecting two major roads. Legend had it that a bus full of children died on that road, and if you drove through it with your lights out, they would light the road for you and keep you safe. So one aimless night, we checked it out. We would end up visiting that road a total of three times before the month was over and something strange happened: Every. Single. Time. 

The First Visit: The first time we went, we did the ritual. You were supposed to enter the road, drive until you were around the middle of basically nowhere, and turn your radio and your lights off. We did that. Sure enough, the road began to turn a strange deep iridescent blue color. But, I jumped the gun, being too scared to sit in the dark and begged Mike to turn the headlights back on. When he flicked them on I saw little bodies all over the road, scattering to either side of us. Children’s legs and arms wisping into the darkness around us. Needless to say, we freaked TF out and drove out of there ASAP. The road was dark and winding towards the end, so we could only drive so fast. As we neared the exit, the faint sound of children screaming grew louder and louder.

The Second Visit: Being dumb and reckless teenagers, it wasn’t long before we were back. In trying to process what we had seen and heard, we told our story to friends and one friend would not take us on our word. He insisted we take him to the Ghost Road to see it for himself. So, we found ourselves piling into his Jeep and going back again. We hadn’t been there long when we saw headlights appear behind us. They were high off the ground and bright, like from a bus or semi truck. We collectively thought: Just our luck. Some trucker is using this access road and our plans for ghost encounters are shot. So we went forward, the only way out. Except as we did this, the lights got closer and the truck behind us was accelerating fast. We thought it was trying to run us off the road. It kept tight on us even at the curves towards the end of the path, impossibly maneuverable for its size. We blasted out of the exit and onto the main road again. And then, we waited. The truck never emerged. There’s no way we wouldn’t have been able to see it from how close it was to us. There’s no room on the road for a vehicle of that size to turn around. It just disappeared.

The Final Visit: While we really should have learned our lesson the first two times, my friend told his girlfriend and younger brother about our encounter with the ghostly truck and they were soon demanding their own Ghost Road tour. All five of us climbed into a single car and found ourselves back there yet again, in the dead of night. But strangely enough, nothing happened this time. We couldn’t really even see anything, the five of us packed into that car causing all of the windows to fog up. After a while of nothing, we gave up and called it a night. But when we got home, we found the windows slightly ajar in the December cold started to then clear up. And then we saw it. Every surface of glass on the car was covered in handprints: small hands, adult hands, children’s fingerprints, etc.  And on the driver’s side windshield was the impression of a small face squished on its side, as if trying to peer inside. It’s now been over a decade since the last Ghost Tour we did. We never went back.

From all of us here at We are mitú, we wish you a safe and Happy Halloween.

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