Here in the Halloween season, it's hard not to have one's mind turn to thoughts of monsters.
Goolish, creepy, scary monsters.
We all have the cast of characters from our childhood (or even adulthood) that can still send a chill down the ol' spine.
For me, it's La Llorona. Just saying her name aloud creeps me out.
But didja ever stop and think a bit about the positive characters in our folklore that are more than a little creepy?
Maybe our beloved heroes are really the biggest monsters.
Think about it.
Let me give you an example, without the positive PR spin.
Kids, guess what!? There is this lady, see? She's something called a fairy and that means she's pretty tiny and probably has wings on her back.
Do you know what this lady likes (and by like I mean is obsessed with)?
Yes, she loves little kids teeth SO much she will even pay for them!
Be careful when you go to sleep at night because this wacked out winged lady is going to break into your house and steal your teeth! Sure, she might leave you a quarter or for lucky kids, a dollar.
Keep your mouth closed while you sleep, kids! She may steal the rest right out of your maw while you sleep!
Or, try this one on:
How does Santa Claus look to a kid growing up in Brazil?
So, December 25th is the dead of summer to you. You're wearing shorts and tank tops and hoping for a break in the heat.
On that one special night, some fat Nordic man in a snowsuit (you gotta be crazy to wear a snow suit in summer!) is going to show up, break into your house, and leave you toys. All your favorite toys.
Wait? How does Kris The Fat Man know exactly what toys you wanted?
Because he sees you when you are sleeping. He knows when you are awake.
The fat Nordic man is a stalker, kids. Can you say stalker?
I suggest you take out a restraining order now.
Ok, are you starting to see what I'm saying here?
Wanna try one more?
There is this rabbit, see? And in April, as a way to celebrate Spring, the rabbit will come to your house and leave you eggs.
But kids, you learned in your science class that a rabbit is something called a mammal, and mammals don't lay eggs!
Whoops! Where does this strange bunny get all these eggs and why does he hide them?
And...bunnies don’t have opposable thumbs, so how is he getting these eggs dyed in bright colors?
And why is he trying to lure all the little kids outside with promises of jellybeans and chocolate? Didn't your parents tell you not to take candy from strangers?
What kid of sick, twisted, walks on two feet kind of rabbit is this?
Though in this horror story, the kids get the final revenge.
They are presented with a chocolate effigy of the offending monster and are encouraged to bite the head off.
So wait a minute.
Maybe that means....just maybe...we are all the monster.