Happy Halloween! From La Llorona to Paranormal Activity, Latinos love a good scare

A still from Paranormal Activity 4.

A still from Paranormal Activity 4.

When I was a little girl, I used to play a darker version of hide and seek with my older cousins in Ecuador. In our little game, whomever was the seeker would role play as La Llorona, and do the trademark wail of the mythical Weeping Woman: “Donde estan mis hijos?” (“Where are my children?”).

It was all innocent fun, but now that I think about it, it’s a creepy concept, and not something I’ll be passing onto my own children one day.

My experience growing up with this mythical figure as part of my consciousness was not uncommon. In homes all across Mexico, the southwestern U.S., certain parts of the Caribbean, and most countries in Latin America, La Llorona is collectively known and feared.

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Three word review: Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’


Four years is a long time to wait for a new album, so around here, me and J.G. have been cranking PJ all day, err’day, and will continue to do so until their San Diego concert on November 21. That’s Eddie Vedder’s hometown so we’re hoping we get something special.

I could go on and on about it but I’ll leave that to the critics, whom no one reads anymore.

So here are my thoughts in three words:

Concise. Mature. Classic.