Four monsters wandering San Antonio, TX

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We love all scary stories: hauntings, UFO sightings, unexplained happenings. None of them match the end-of-October spirit as well as monster myths.

These stories get passed by word of mouth, so you may have a different version of the tale than we do. So for now, just sit back. We’re going to tell you a story...

Cucuy (“the Coco Man”)

We’re cheating a little with this first one: technically, you could call any San Antonio monster a cucuy. The name, from slang meaning “skull,” is the Spanish equivalent of “bogeyman” or “bugbear.” Basically, a cucuy is just something you don’t want to see.

That’s not to say there are no cucuy legends. In many lullabies, the cucuy waits on top of your roof, waiting to snatch up disobedient children.

La Lechuza (“the Witch Owl”)

This monster is nice enough to let you know when she’s coming. You might be visited by an owl in your dreams, or hear a screech. Either way, la Lechuza is hunting.

Don’t let her looks deceive you: she’s no bigger than a barn owl, but she can carry away an adult in her talons. Your only clue could be her face, the face of a human woman. Open your windows, and it might be too late.

La Llorona (“the Weeping Woman”)

There’s no better time for a stroll on the River Walk — but watch out. La Llorona wanders the waterfront, looking to drag you to a watery grave.

Her wails could also be a warning to stay away from the water. Either way, misfortune follows la Llorona.

The Donkey Lady

Editor Dayten here. I’m sure all of you know the story of Donkey Lady Bridge, so I won’t retell it here. Mostly, I just want your help convincing City Editor Iván to go there at night. I mean, imagine the Instagram post.

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