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These Urban Legends Are The Things Of Nightmares And We Pray They Aren’t Real

Even in this day and age where #fakenews and hoaxes have caused a lot of damage, us Latinos have to admit that a good urban legend or conspiracy theory is super entertaining. Let’s be honest: our gente are sort of superstitious and a bit chismosas by nature (maybe it is that Catholic upbringing many of us have, maybe it is our hypercreative mind). Truth is that urban legends have taken deep root in our collective mind.

We can think, for example, of the hundreds of hours that people have spent looking for the Loch Ness monster, or all the people who argue that they have definitely seen Big Foot.  

So what is an urban legend or myth?

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The Oxford dictionary describes it as follows, although we gotta tell that the definition is pretty Anglo and us Latinos take these leyendas urbanas much more seriously : “urban myth noun: a humorous or horrific story or piece of information circulated as though true, especially one purporting to involve someone vaguely related or known to the teller”

El Chupacabra

But can it be real? Not really, but there could have been a spike in the population of predatory species in Northern Mexico, or a drought that forced animals to hunt beyond their usual territory.

El Chupacabra is like the epitome of the Latino urban legend. In 1994, just as Mexico was living perhaps its most turbulent political time since the Mexican Revolution, sightings of a terrible beast in rural areas started to be reported. Goats and other livestock were reportedly found dead, their blood completely sucked dry. Mass hysteria followed! Critics said that this was just a government plot to distract the population. Even the cult 1990s sci-fi show The X-Files aired a Chupacabra-themed episode!

La Ciguapa

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But can it be real? Well, it depends on whether you believe in the supernatural or not… It is a pretty good moral story against male lust though.

This is a Dominican myth that has scared people from the island for centuries. Legend goes that there is a nymph-like creature living in the caves of the Dominican Republic, and that they hunt men by luring them with their beauty. They kill and eat their victims. 

And of course, La Llorona.

But can it be real? It is real in its metaphorical nature, as it speaks of motherly love and suffering.

Ay, mis hijos! For some, La Llorona is only a myth, a story to scare kids with. Others swear that they have seen her roaming the night with her mournful cry. She is supposed to have been a woman who was abandoned by her husband and was left alone to raise her two kids. She instead drowned them, overwhelmed by their needs. 

El Coco

But can it be real? No, but the need to go to sleep in time to let your parents have a life of their own is real! 

If you grew up Latino you heard of El Coco, also known as El Cucuy. It is a horrible monster than visits kids at night when they just refuse to go to sleep or if you misbehave. If we think about it, this is pretty traumatizing and even though some Latino mothers find in El Coco their best ally, it kinda sucks! 

La Luz Mala

But can it be real? Well, yes, it exists, but as a meteorological phenomenon rather than a supernatural hell.

In rural Argentina people get afraid of “La luz mala”, which means “The Evil Light”, when the air is dry and an orange, heavy light can be seen suspended on the air. Story goes that it is the souls of the damned and that it spells trouble, a bad omen that will bring suffering to those who see it. Other versions indicate that the light comes from an indigenous pot and that if you find it you will become rich. 

The Black Witch Moth or Mariposas Negras

But can it be real? They are spooky as hell, yeah… but you could basically find any correlation between death and any given factor.

There is one animal that many Latinos fear even more than a wild lion: mariposas negras. If you bump into one of these huge butterflies you are coming into direct contact with death, and someone close will pass on to another life. In Japan, this species is believed to bring good luck and in the Bahamas it announces money will come your way. 

El Culebrón

But can it be real? Well, scientists are discovering new species all the time, so this could actually be one of those.

This myth originates in Chile. Basically, it is a giant snake that lives in a cave and comes out at night, eating just anything on its path. To make matters even creepier, this supersnake is supposed to be covered by hair. Ay, no mames! 

Ditch The Sexy Witch Costume This Year In Favor Of A Not-So-Basic Getup: We Rounded Up Our Fave Mermaid Inspired Makeup Looks For Halloween

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Ditch The Sexy Witch Costume This Year In Favor Of A Not-So-Basic Getup: We Rounded Up Our Fave Mermaid Inspired Makeup Looks For Halloween

We’re all a little basic sometimes. And don’t get me wrong, I love a quick costume that I can pick up at a local Forever 21 as much as the next girl. But we all know the costumes that get overdone year after year; the witch, the sexy nurse, the black cats, the angel… they’re just straight-up basic. So how about this year you try something that doesn’t feel outdated or boring? Like a mystical creature from the depths of the sea.

2019 has been the year of the mermaid, so why not channel your inner sea-princess this Halloween?

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2019 has been the year of overhyped mermaids. From the wild reactions people had to Halle Bailey playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s live action remake announced earlier this year, to the premiere of The Little Mermaid Live! —another remake of the classic Disney film to be broadcasted on live TV. What’s more, mermaids are one of Pinterest’s top costume searches, even in 2019.

So we say, clad yourself in pearls, seashells and glittery scales. You could go modern and sleek, Nicole Kidman-style in Aquaman, or classic and romantic like Disney’s children’s classic. This costume gives you lots of room to let your creativity run wild and make the mystical character your own. 

We wanted to offer some help, so we rounded up our favorite mermaid makeup inspo for you to get planning your Halloween getup:

 Technicolor Barbie doll inspired mermaid.

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Think 90s Mermaid Barbie doll. No Barbie-inspired makeup look is complete without Barbie Pink and Purple. For this look, beauty blogger, Wiktoria went all out with those Barbie-inspired hues. Iridescent products are key for any mermaid interpretation, so don’t be shy. Bring the color from your cheekbones to the side of your face and brows for a colorful, artful take on the underwater look.

Pearls are a mermaid’s best friend

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When constructing a sea-themed costume, pearls are a must for a luxe, boujee mermaid look. Case in point: James Charles. And because we’re guessing you’ll be tired after you’re done struggling to glue those pearls on your face, keep the rest of the look natural. Maybe add blue tones to your eyes for an under-the-sea feel, and top it all off with metallic blue lips.

Iridescent scales 

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Yes, this looks like you need a certain level of makeup experience and expertise to pull off the technique. But we promise you, it’s a lot easier than it looks. Recreate the look of self-confessed makeup geek, Naz Rahman, by using fishnet stockings. Hold the stocks over your face and dust the iridescent shadows through the holes. Easier than you thought, amirite?

The Little Mermaid with a twist 

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…if the fishnet tip is still too much work. Draw the scales with colorful eyeliner. Put those Euphoria-inspired neon liners to good use this Halloween before the fad ends. 

Barely-there mermaid look

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This one is for that last minute invite to a Halloween party. If you didn’t have anything planned and need to whip up a costume at the very last minute, we got you covered. Do your everyday look, and brush a bit of pink or blue shadow over fishnet stockings for subtle scales. Stop by a craft store on your way to the party and glue a few pearls over your temples and forehead. Now you’re ready to go trick-or-treating!

The princess of the ocean

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I mean… wow. Why no go all out like makeup artist influencer @moninamua? Let that creativity run wild, it’s Halloween! Visit your local craft store and bag some sequins, paper shells, and pearls to recreate this look. 

Simple and Classic

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For a more subtle and classic take on the sea-creature, get yourself a pair of seashells to cover your boobage and keep the hair and makeup natural and beachy. Add a metallic eyeshadow and matching lip for a little bit of a pop —it’s Halloween after all! Don’t keep it too boring, girl.

The artsy take 

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This is for the gals that want a less literal costume. Create a wave-inspired effect across your face and add touches of glitter to evoque a sense of bubbly rippled-water.

Extra Extra 

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If “Go hard or go home” are words you live by, then this level of commitment to a theme is for you. Make a statement with pearls, a whole crown, a wig, blue body paint and purple lips. Then proceed to cash that ‘Best costume of the night’ prize, you earned it. 

Dead mermaid bc Halloween, duh!

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The occasion calls for a costume, but also for scary vibes —it is all hallows’ eve after all! So if you’re looking for a dead-something or another, add some fale blood and under-eye bags to your mermaid look, et voila! You’re welcome. 

Christina Aguilera Attended ‘The Addams Family’ Premiere Dressed As Morticia Addams and Now Some Fans Are Calling Her The ‘Queen of Halloween’

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Christina Aguilera Attended ‘The Addams Family’ Premiere Dressed As Morticia Addams and Now Some Fans Are Calling Her The ‘Queen of Halloween’

Christina Aguilera is looking scary good. On Sunday, the iconic pop-star arrived at the premiere of the Addams Family movie dressed very similar to the grande dame of the Addams family herself, Morticia. Never one to phone it in on the red carpet, Aguilera fully committed to the look, wearing a long, slinky black dress with a laced-up plunging neckline. She paired the look with a soft smokey eye and a matching black manicure. Her signature blonde hair was styled into a center part with blunt bangs. 

Not only did Xtina look incredible, but she also looked like she was having a great time.

Aguilera was attending the Addams Family premiere to promote the song “Haunted Heart” that she wrote and recorded for the film.

“Haunted Heart” is a haunting, jazzy track that puts Xtina’s powerhouse vocals to good use. The song has been described as “dramatic” and “soulful”, and definitely catches the essence of this story of an offbeat family while also staying true to Aguilera’s pop roots. Not only is the song a bop, but Aguilera also appears to be having the time of her life promoting it. Aguilera took to her social media accounts to share behind-the-scenes pictures of the big night. “Growing up, I always loved the #AddamsFamily. It’s been so fun to watch the story of this classic family evolve over time,” Aguilera captioned one of her pictures. “That’s why it meant so much to record my latest single #HauntedHeart for this new rendition of the movie”. 

Aguilera indeed made the “Addams Family” premiere a family affair, walking the red carpet along with her partner and two kids–all of whom happened to be dressed as members of the Addams Family too. Aguilera’s fiancé, Matthew Rutler, dressed in a simple pin-striped black suit that was almost an exact replica of Gomez Addams’. Meanwhile, her children, Max and Summer Rain, dressed up in near-identical outfits Pugsly and Wednesday Addams. We applaud Aguilera for convincing her children to agree to a group family costume. Basically, the entire Aguilera brood was embodying #familygoals, and her fans were living for it.

The red carpet premiere of “The Addams Family” isn’t the only place Aguilera has been having fun creating spooky looks. 

Her social media accounts are also filled with other appearances where she is impressively pulling off the Halloween aesthetic. On Saturday, she wore a sexy gothic pin-up ensemble complete with dark lipstick and finger waves, to her performance of “Haunted Heart” at Freeform’s “31 Nights Of Halloween Fan Fest”. The all-black outfit with dramatic winged liner gave off major silent-film-star vibes. We can always count on Xtina to serve us with some old Hollywood glamour. 

Excitingly, Aguilera is not the only Latinx person involved in “The Addams Family”. For the new animated movie, Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac lends his voice to the role of Gomez Addams–a role previously made famous by Puerto Rican actor Raul Julia in 1991. Needless to say, it’s refreshing to see Latinxs consistently involved in such a long-lasting and durable franchise. 

As for Christina’s fans, they were blown away by her Morticia Addams-inspired look.

There’s nothing the people love more than one icon paying tribute to another, and Christina and Moritcia have more in common than meets the eye. Like Morticia, Aguilera has never been shy about unabashedly expressing her sexuality. Both women prove that a woman can be seductive and sensual in addition to being a fully-formed human being. We call that a match made in heaven. 

Some fans felt moved to christen Christina with a new title:

If Mariah Carey is the Latina Queen of Christmas, then Xtina is definitely the Latina Queen of Halloween we didn’t even know we deserved. 

This Twitter user loved how Xtina’s family seem as committed to embracing the Halloween spirit as she is.

You know the old saying: “The family that dresses up in costumes together stays together”. Or something like that.

A lot of fans were living for the way in which her children were posing–especially her daughter, Summer

It looks like Xtina might have to keep an eye on her throne–her daughter might be coming to snatch it. 

This fan made an accurate point about how comfortable Aguilera looks in her Morticia costume.

Can we expect anything less from a superstar who has been performing since she was a little girl? Sat what you want about Xtina, but everything she does, she does 100%.