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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.


READ: If You’re Out of Halloween Ideas, You Can Always Go as El Chapo

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights, a Universal Studios staple, is not happening this year and there is only one thing to blame: Covid. The virus, which is still spread wildly in the U.S., has forced so many things to be canceled. People are not happy with the decision.

For the first time in 30 years, Halloween Horror Nights is not happening.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest events of the year at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The sudden (and not surprising) cancelation is a devastating announcement for the fans of spooky culture.

Honestly, people are ready to throw their tantrums over this.

Florida and California, home to both Universal Studios, are dealing with major Covid outbreaks. California had an explosion of Covid cases that forced the state to reverse some of its rapid reopenings. Florida is another state dealing with a major Covid outbreak that has forced some places to reclose as Disney pushes forward with the reopening.

There’s a lot of pain out there right now.

It really is another blow in a very devastating year. So many people hoped that Halloween would still happen yet the patchwork response we’ve had against the virus isn’t helping. The loss of a Halloween tradition is just too painful right now but we will be alright.

All we can do now is wait “patiently” for Halloween 2021…

All it took was wearing masks and social distancing to avoid this yet, here we are. Remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. This means wearing masks and social distancing to protect each other.

READ: Republican Senator Blames Latino Community For Disproportionate COVID Case Numbers

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