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11 Latin American Legends Abuelita Told Us About That Used To Scare The Living Crap Out Of Us

Most kids grow up afraid of The Big Bad Wolf, but that’s pretty pathetic compared to the monstruos our parents used to tell us about…

1. El Cuco or El Cucuy

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Most of us still have no idea what El Cuco looks like and, at this point, I don’t think I want to. This monstrosity was always trotted out when parents wanted you to STFU and go to bed. Yeah, mom. It’s real easy to go to bed when you think a shapeless monster is going to come out of nowhere and eat you.

2. La Luz Mala

La luz mala me llevo…

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This mysterious light was the perfect tool to keep us right by mami and papi’s side. See something in the distance? Well, you better stay away or you are going to die from a toxic gas under anything the light shines on. Like, did you want me to move out or not?

3. El Silbón

#ilustración #leyendasVenezolanas #elsilbón

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There is no logical point to using El Silbón to terrify children, but that doesn’t stop parents from telling their children just how terrifying this man can be. Worse? He is only dangerous if you hear him from far away. His whistle (more like the wind) was all abuelita needed to keep your butt in bed all night. Oh, and he has a special taste for womanizers.

4. La Ciguapa

Leyenda de las Ciguapas: Onaney la Ciguapa. La leyenda de la Ciguapa está muy presente en el imaginario rural dominicano, principalmente en las cercanías del Parque Nacional Los Haitises. Cuenta la leyenda que el Cacique Canoabo quien era esposo de Anacaona, la Cacica de Jaragua, tenia por amante a Onaney, princesa ciguaya de Samaná. Onaney a favor de la paz, invitó a Canoabo a buscar un entendimiento con los españoles. Tras su triunfo en la batalla de la Navidad, el cacique estaba preparándose para otra batalla contra el almirante Cristóbal Colon y su capitán Alonso de Ojeda. Durante la batalla, Canoabo decidió negociar con Colon según los consejos de Onaney, pero, cayó en una trampa y murió. Se dice que tras la muerte de Canoabo, Onaney agobiada por la pena y la culpa se refugió en la cueva de La Línea junto a sus doncellas. En sus recorridos por el bosque caminaban de espaldas para confundir sus huellas y no ser descubiertas. Esto último dio lugar al mito de las Ciguapas, seres legendarios y protectores de los bosques. Se representan como mujeres de pelo largo y lacio, que caminan de espaldas y devoran a los que quieren hacer daño a la selva. Fuente: http://www.ecoguiadominicana.com/inc/fiche.php?id_lieu=22 #laciguapa #leyendas #leyendasdominicanas #leyendaslatinoamericanas

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La Ciguapa is a naked, long-haired woman whose feet are backwards. Honestly, that’s enough for me to run for the hills, but this tale was used to make sure none of the boys would wander out at night. If you look in her eyes you become enchanted and she takes you to the woods where you are never heard from again. ¡No, gracias!

5. El Cadejo

Way to keep me away from stray dogs, ma. If you don’t know, El Cadejo is a massive black dog with fire red eyes that appears at exactly midnight to destroy you. But if you are good, a white dog of equal size will show up to defend you. Be careful, because El Cadejo loves young maids with braided hair.

6. La Llorona

…can't believe October is almost half-way over. SLOW DOWN! ? #fbf #lallorona #weepingwoman

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La Llorona is a thing of nightmares. Whenever you’d act up, you were sure to hear the threats of leaving you alone for La Llorona to come along, snatch you up, and take you away with her. Doesn’t make it any better when you know she supposedly drowned her own children in a river to get back at her cheating husband.

7. El Chupacabra

El Chuapacabra is a more modern monster, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t used anyway. One housewife in Puerto Rico sees a vampire-esque beast and all of a sudden the damn thing is everywhere threatening to suck your blood if you go outside and wander too far from your parents. Look guys, there are enough scary things in the world – why make up more?

8. La Mano Peluda

#myth #folkloretales #mexicanfolklore #manopeluda #horror #lamanopeluda

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Not even our bed at home was safe. La Mano Peluda was always there just waiting for you to step out of bed after bedtime. La Mano Peluda belonged to a man who was killed during the inquisition. Just the hand came back to life and had nothing better to do than to live under your bed hoping to grab you by the ankle and drag you to who knows where.

9. La Lechuza

#lalechusa #lechusa La lechusa The legend of La Lechusa is very popular in Mexico and Texas. She can appear at any time, and seems to be particularly widespread in Zavala County. She particularly enjoys attacking people who have had one too many beers. Many people believe in her existence, while others claim to have actually seen this creature. The legends seem to vary quite a bit. In some, she is a vengeful spirit. In others, she is a woman that has sold her soul to the Devil in order to gain supernatural powers. Every night, she is said to transform into a five to six-foot tall bird (most commonly an owl) with the face of a beautiful or wizened old woman and enormous wings. This resembles the Harpy of Greek mythology in many ways, but she also bears traits of the Siren and the Banshee. And like those two entities, La Lechusa uses sound that bears a supernatural compulsion to lure her prey to her. It is said that when Lechusa locates her prey, she perches herself in a hidden area, and will then commence making strange whistling sounds or an eerie sound resembling the crying of a newborn baby. And anyone who attempts to locate the source of the sound risks their lives, for they may become the Witch Bird’s next meal. Once she has them in her sights, she swoops down on the confused and frightened individual and carries them off to her lair, where she may devour them at her leisure. In the manner of the Banshee of Irish and Scottish legend, to hear the cry of the Witch Bird is an omen that someone in the household of the one who heard the cry will die. In this day and age, most encounters with La Lechusa occur when she swoops down on cars that are driving on a deserted road late at night. Usually, nobody is hurt in these encounters. But all who report such sightings mention one thing: the encounter terrified them.

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La Lechuza is an old witch who turns into a big ass bird, usually an owl. She definitely had a purpose: limit your alcohol consumption. La Lechuza likes to perch in an hidden spot and make calls to lure poor, unsuspecting people out to investigate. Once you do, girl will swoop down, take you to her lair and eat you. I always wondered why my drunk tío always seemed fine and unafraid,  now I know.

10. La Cegua

La Cegua is another jilted woman out to attack drunk, cheating men for the pain inflicted on her. She simply asks you for a ride on your horse and when she’s on, her head turns into a horse skull with red eyes and big yellow teeth.

11. La Carreta Chillona

#CarretaChillona #FiestasPatronales #SanMarcos #Cementerio #Tradiciones #ElSalvador

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And because there were not enough scare tactic to keep you trapped in bed with mom and dad, there was La Carreta Chillona. La Carreta was made by a Spanish priest who pretended to be a miracle doctor in San 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: keep your ass in that bed when the sun goes down.


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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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