5 of the Scariest Latino Horror Stories

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Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night screaming because of some scary story that your parents told you when you were little? Yeah, it happens. Maybe you’re a fan of Latino horror movies, but what really scares the bejesus out of you are those old tales from Latin America that mami and papi used to scare you with.

Admit it: Now that you’re grown, you realize that they were just trying to keep you in line… But you still can’t help but get chills whenever you think of a creepy creature draining a goat’s milk or the boogeyman is hoping to eat your toenails. Below are five of the absolute scariest Latin American horror stories that still frighten you WAY too much. Um, maybe tonight you sleep with your lights on?

La Llorona

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It’s maybe a little bit obvious to start with the most famous Latin American legend of all time, but who can’t help but hide under the covers when you remember childhood tales of La Llorona? She is a beautiful woman who brutally killed her children to be with the man she loved and then kills herself when he rejects her. In the scary tale, she wanders, weeping constantly as she searches for her children. The scary part, however, happens because she has been known to kidnap wandering children. Has there ever been a better reason to stay indoors after nightfall?

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