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Halloween is right around the corner and I have been having fun learning about some of the spookiest Mexican legends.
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You may have guessed that as a writer and blogger of bedtime stories, that I enjoy hearing new and interesting stories! Halloween is an awesome time of the year to learn some new ghost stories. Interestingly enough these ghost stories in Mexico are frequently told to children to get them to not go out at night and be good. Similar to the original fairy tales from a long time ago, popularized by Disney and the new show Once Upon a Time.
Here are some of the more interesting Mexican ghost stories:
There are many different variations to this story. The traditional telling of this story is either that there was a woman who loved a man who did not love her back and she was so sad that she drowned herself and her children. Now she spends eternity as a ghost who steals children and turns men crazy. The more popular version is that she was a woman whose home was on fire she took her children to the river and where they drowned. Unfortunately, she didn’t find out until later and she wanders the earth stealing children.
There are many different versions of this story.
One movie that is really interesting to watch that tells this story as well as another story about The Island of the Dolls, a supposedly haunted island in Mexico, is the animated movie La Leyenda De La Llorna which is available with English subtitles. My DB and I watched this a week or so ago, and it is really cute.
One of the other legends is of Los Chaneques these are basically little gremlins. They are similar to a leprechaun. Los Chaneques cause trouble and move things around. If you search on YouTube you can find some really interesting videos about these little guys.
Hitchhiker and the Haunted Bus
Another legend is The Hitchhiker. The hitchhiker is a legend of a woman who is a hitchhiker. She gets picked up by a man, and they fall in love. She tells a man where her home is. Later the man goes to her home and asks about the woman only to find out she passed on years before. Later these men are said to die.
The Haunted Bus is a legend in a town in Mexico in which there was a terrible accident, and an entire bus full of passengers died. Now the bus still comes and stops and picks up unsuspecting people who are waiting for a bus. Once they get on the haunted bus, it’s revealed that all the passengers are deceased. If the person goes back and sits down and exits the bus later when the bus stops, they will live, but if the person screams or tries to get back off they will die.
These are some of the legends I’ve been learning about from my boyfriend who is from Mexico. We plan to celebrate Halloween by just watching a movie. We will also leave food out on November 3rd which is the day of the dead, or Dia De Los Muertos, in which the belief in Mexico, is that it is the time of the year that you are able to communicate with loved ones who has passed on. Traditionally you leave out bread and water for your loved ones because the journey from the world of the dead is long and tiring.
Looking for a cute book to read with your kids on Halloween? If you are a lover of Big Golden Books like me, Disney’s Coco Big Golden Book is a super cute book to read with the kiddos.
Halloween Date Night
Listen to scary stories via audiobook for a super scary Halloween date-night:
These are my top three suggestions:
- NightChill By Jeff Gunhus This is a super creepy and very intriguing audiobook, which is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, or cuddled up with your date. It’s about a man in a race to save his daughter from pure evil! Get it on Amazon!
- IT by Stephen King- Nothing beats listening to a super creepy story on Halloween while cuddled up with flashlights and blankets with friends, Have a chilling night in by the fire and listen to this classic scary story on Audiobook. Get it on Amazon!
- Creepy Stories: Encounters of the Scary Kind: True Eyewitnesses Accounts of Their Brush with the Supernatural By Roger P Mills– This is what you want if you are looking for typical scary “ghost” stories read aloud. These are perfect for a Halloween date night. Get it on Amazon!
Have a very happy Halloween!
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