20 Mexican Urban Legends We Pray Aren’t Real

20 Mexican Urban Legends We Pray Aren’t Real

Every part of the world has its own urban legends. Strange tales about haunted houses or creatures that only come out at night make for spooky stories to share with friends.

Although they’re often presented as facts, urban legends are usually the result of a wild imagination and misinformation. But what if there was some truth behind the mythology?

Whether you realize it or not, Mexico is somewhat of a hotbed for creepy urban legends. Decide for yourself whether or not you think these 20 unsettling Mexican urban legends are real or just figments of a disturbed imagination…

1. The Alley of the Hands: This urban legend involves a priest who, in 1780, was supposedly murdered by two teenage boys in a small city in Mexico. The boys were hanged for the crime and their hands were cut off. It’s said if you walk down the alley where the priest died during the month of November, you can see a pair of ghostly hands floating above you.

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2. The Santa Paula Cemetery: This cemetery in Guadalajara, Mexico, was opened in 1948, and it’s attracted the attention of paranormal researchers from all over the world. Legends involving vampires, pirates, and ghosts are all part of the local folklore. The city even gives haunted tours to those brave enough to venture inside.

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3. The Monterrey House: In 1933, one of the richest families in Mexico lived in an enormous mansion, but now it remains barren and haunted. Apparently, the souls of two women who were brutally murdered still reside inside, and you can even hear their cries for help if you listen closely.

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4. La Lechuza: La Lechuza is an old woman who, according to legend, turns into a monstrous owl in the dead of night. Some say the owl will snatch children out of their beds so she can use them in her occult rituals.

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5. El Cadejo: El Cadejo is the name given to two dogs who supposedly present themselves to travelers at night. The white dog is good and will help people so long as they have a good heart. The black dog, however, will try to inflict pain and suffering on those he catches.

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6. The Hitchhiker: This is Mexico’s version of the popular “vanishing hitchhiker” urban legend. Supposedly, a beautiful woman will occasionally be seen hitchhiking on a highway at night. She will give her address to whoever offers her a ride, but when they show up to her home, they find out she’s been dead for years.

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7. The Man Who Whistles: This legend is about a man called El Silbon who killed his father in cold blood and devoured his organs. He is now doomed to wander the Earth alone, whistling an unsettling tune and carrying a sack full of his father’s bones. People who hear the whistle are supposed to meet a gruesome end shortly thereafter.

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8. The Bad Hour: This legend is about an evil demon who wanders the night stalking victims who travel alone. Those who catch a glimpse of her eyes peering out of the shadows are said to go insane. She appears as a woman in all black floating above the ground.

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9. The House of Tubes: In Monterrey, Mexico, there is a strange building known as “the House of Tubes” that was built by a wealthy family with a paralyzed daughter. After the daughter died in a freak accident one day, the family sold the home to another couple whose son was killed shortly after. The ghosts of both children are said to haunt the abandoned property.

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10. The Mexican Ghost Bus: Right outside the city of Toluca, Mexico, there was supposedly a horrible bus accident that killed everyone on board. If you walk down that particular section of highway at night, some say you can see the bus, and the driver will even pick you up. Everyone on board is dead, however, and the driver will eventually kick you off before you reach your destination, saying, “Go now, and don’t look back.”

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11. Las Ciguapas: Las Ciguapas are tempting creatures much like the Sirens of Greek mythology. They are strange but gorgeous women living in the high mountains. They’re supposed to have magical powers and are said to sleep with wandering men before killing them.

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12. The Benito Juarez Park: This park was supposedly constructed near the remains of an old cemetery. After park security guards found signs of vandalism several nights in a row, they set up a camera to catch the suspect. They saw shadowy images of an old woman in a long white dress. The ghost became known as the “phantom of the park.”

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13. The Witch: One evening, a married couple went to bed with their young child beside them. The child kept waking up the mother by crying. But when the mother woke up a few hours into the night, she found her child dead. There were scratch marks all over the baby’s stomach, and the father was screaming, “The witch! The witch killed my child!” Apparently, the mother also heard a witch’s cackle in the distance.

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14. El Cucuy: El Cucuy is essentially the Latino version of the Boogeyman. It’s a shapeshifting creature that hides in closets and underneath beds. Children who disobey their parents will be eaten by El Cucuy, legend says.

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15. El Chupacabra: Also known as “goat sucker,” El Chupacabra supposedly attacks animals, specifically goats, and drains them of their blood. Many people claim it’s actually the work of a wolf or a rabid raccoon, but there are those who believe El Chupacabra does, in fact, exist.

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16. The Ironed Lady: Mexican lore says the Ironed Lady was a disgruntled nurse who was attracted to a doctor who didn’t reciprocate her feelings, so the nurse responded by killing off her patients. Her ghost supposedly appears in many hospitals around Mexico.

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17. The White Death: The White Death is the spirit of a young child who hated her life so much she wanted to end it and remove all traces of her existence from the world entirely. Her vengeful spirit, according to legend, came back to kill anyone who knew of her before she died.

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18. The Mannequin: In Chihuahua, Mexico, there’s a store that has a strangely realistic mannequin wearing a bridal gown. The mannequin has been there for over 70 years and is said to be the preserved daughter of the previous store’s owner.

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19. The Island of the Dolls: Just south of Mexico City sits a creepy island full of old dolls. Apparently, they’re dedicated to a young girl who drowned years ago. The girl’s spirit is said to inhabit all of the dolls in the island.

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20. The Weeping Woman: Many years ago, a woman named Maria wanted to marry the most handsome man in her town. According to folklore, she drowned her children in an attempt to win the man’s love, but after he rejected her, she drowned herself in a nearby river. When she arrived in Heaven, she was told she needed to find her children before entering, so she now wanders the Earth looking for them and weeping.

Good luck trying to sleep tonight; these are scary!

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