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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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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%.