Best Halloween Legends in Costa Rica

The Beautiful Seductress, ©Mikamatto/Flickr

The Beautiful Seductress, ©Mikamatto/Flickr

Costa Rica can not be named a Halloween loving country at all due to the fact that Costa Rican people still consider it a pagan holiday. In Costa Rica Halloween it’s only a good way to gouge young children with lots of candies. This is not the only reason Halloween is not an acceptable rejoicing in Costa Rica.

There are many legends abounding in the country, one being more freaky than the other one, about vindictive ghouls and fierce spirits which are haunting every night. Some of these legends were told to scare the little children from moral vices. Most Costa Ricans choose not to celebrate Halloween because of the satanic beliefs and connection with bad spirits.

Legends of the Drunkenness

On of the most well-known Costa Rican Halloween Legends is made up by a peasant folk. This story is telling that a young man from Cartago, named Joaquin loved very much to party and enjoy himself. After a whole weekend of drunkenness at the local bars, he irked his father so much that he cursed him by transforming him into El Cadejos. El Cadejos was a huge and terrifying dog who’s destiny was to wonder Costa Rica forever, to scare people who don’t know when to stop drinking.

Alcoholism, ©Imagens Evangélicas/Flickr

Alcoholism, ©Imagens Evangélicas/Flickr

The Beautiful Seductress

Another legend in Costa Rica is the legend of the cursed seductress, La Segua. The beautiful white-skin, black-eyed, long black-haired woman is visiting any town having a young man to teach about going directly home when it’s dark. The legend of La Segua also originates from Cartago and her hearts has broken by a Spanish officer so she became cursed and she betrays young men to give her a ride. After a man is looking at her she becomes a beast having a face of a horse with huge yellow teeth.

The Beautiful Seductress, ©Mikamatto/Flickr

The Beautiful Seductress, ©Mikamatto/Flickr

La Llorona and La Mona

La Llorona was a young woman who lived in a small town by the  Reventazón River. The legend says that her husband was very often absent from home so she had a lover and even gave birth to a child. She threw her child into the river screaming “va a venir”(it’s coming!).  After she was regretting both her infidelity and throwing her child away she was searching every river in the country to find her dead child. Maria’s desperate searching is alarming other women who might make unwise decisions. The half-monkey, half woman, La Mona is said to touch her male victim’s head and that is driving crazy immidiately.

La Llorona, ©berenicegg/Flickr

La Llorona, ©berenicegg/Flickr

There are even more Halloween Legends in Costa Rica, but anyway take care of children, women or dogs in the dark, they are not always what they look like!

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