Happy Halloween!

I'm not sure which is scarier: Halloween or NaNoWriMo. :-D

Did ya know...

~ We didn't really celebrate Halloween in the Philippines...not while I was growing up anyway. We knew about Halloween, but there was, sadly, no trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. They have Halloween now. Lucky little kids. I missed out big time when I was young. *sniff*

Me want candy!

~ We had different kinds of monsters we were afraid of. We called them aswangs. My mom would try to scare us so we would listen to her, or make us go to bed when it was bedtime. I mean, that's pretty counterproductive, right?

Mom says, "Go to bed so the monsters won't come after you!"

Yeah right. The aswangs will eat me while I'm sleeping.[hides in the closet; forces eyes to stay open]

~ There was a giant tree called a balete that we would have to pass every time we hike through the woods to visit my grandparents' house (which was in a pretty isolated place). My cousins (who were older than me) used to tell me to say excuse me as we're walking past so that the ogre who lived in the tree would not bother us. O_o

"I am watching you," says the invisible ogre.

~ Of all the aswangs in the Philippines, I was most afraid of the manananggal (yeah, try saying that five times really fast!). A beautiful woman by day, but at night, her body splits in half right along her stomach so that her legs get left behind as she sprouts wings and fly through the night, looking for babies and little kids to snatch up and eat. There's no use hiding as she has a wicked sense of smell. The only way to defeat her they say (I don't know who 'they' are, really. Who makes up this kind of stuff, anyway?) is to find her bottom half and destroy it so that when dawn comes, she can't transform back into her human self.

Happy Trick-or-Treating! Watch out for Spookables! ;)

This is my only costume. Har har!

To all of you doing Nano this year, let's buddy up! I'm CherieL over there.


Jess said...

Ooh scary! Wouldn't want to meet up with an aswang!

Happy Halloween :)

Krista M said...

Very interesting tales! Scary! And to think I was afraid of monsters under my bed that were not as scary. Great post! Happy Halloween!

Krista said...

I like the story of the ogre in the tree - would make a good childrens story.

J. A. Bennett said...

Those are some cool stories! Sad about your childhood, but who says you have to act grown up now?

Lori M. Lee said...

Happy Halloween! :D

Love those stories o_o Creepy and fantastic.

Angie Sandro said...

Ooh, nice post. I love hearing about cultural superstitions and lore. This was fascinating, especially the manananggal. Too creepy.

LTM said...

ooo... gorgeous mask! And wow. That manananggal sounds freak-kie! Yikes!!! Happy Halloween to you! Have lots of candy to make up for your missing, and good luck w/NaNo! <3

i'm erin. said...

Wow, that's scary. Holy Aswang!

julie fedderson said...

Crap, that's some scary stuff to tell kids. And if you destroy the manananggal's legs, does she stay a scary flying thing or does she (I hope) get destroyed? I love folklore!! Happy Halloween.

Javid S. said...

I have some friends from Philippines, indeed they were having fun at the party :D I saw photos, I didn't go to the party because I was damn tired and slept. Koreans don't celebrate Halloween so, there were no trick-or-treating here too :D

Bethany C. said...

You caught me...I am, in fact, the manananggal.

Lillie McFerrin said...

Yikes! Very interesting and scary stuff! Love it :) Happy Halloween.

Anita Grace Howard said...

LOL *bethany's comment*

You are so beautiful in your mask! And thanks for the insight into your childhood. I love hearing about how different your culture was from the one you're living in today. You're kiddos are very blessed to have such a well rounded history.

Kimberly Krey said...

Wow - no tricking treating while young? that is sad. BTW, the mask is hot, esp on you, you gorgeous little thing! :)

cherie said...

Holy Aswang, indeed! LOL!

Thank you for all of your lovely comments! I've been gone all day doing all sorts of Halloweeny things so it was quite a nice surprise to finally come online and read all of your comments. ;) Yes, we have some really strange folklore and superstitions in the Philippines. Makes for good fiction. ;)

Bethany, one of these days I'll come looking for your bottom half...erm, that sounded totally wrong. XD

<3 to all u beautiful people!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I like these creepy stories. You look good in that mask :)

Lynda R Young said...

No trick or treating was the same in Australia. It's only just starting to take off.

Lydia Kang said...

Those are cool and scary stories! You look great in your mask. Very..."I'm-going-to-a-masqued-ball" kind of cool.

A.M.Supinger said...

Your costume is lovely! I sketched a few cat whiskers on with eyeliner and called it a night, LOL!

Caitlin Vincent said...

Well look at you - all fabulous and pretty in your mask :) Thanks for sharing your stories. You have such a unique background!

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