We're going to have a bit of a school break this coming weekend to celebrate
the All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Dia de las Muertas or Halloween.
Many, many years ago, my aunt would tell us stories about Filipino mythical creatures and scary ghosts that my grandmother and their neighbors encountered in the province back in the 1930s up until the 80s. This was when our province didn't have electricity and had to use lanterns to light the house and their pathways at night. She'd tell us how my grandma, who was a nurse, saw a kapre as she rode her horse going to the hospital for her night duties. She'd also share stories she heard from the neighbors about duwendes and santelmos, the headless priests and ghosts in the cathedral, etc. She was a great storyteller and her stories were both adventurous and scary.
These days, kids don't know much about our Filipino Mythical creatures as there aren't many written stories about them. We made a short video about Filipino Mythical Creatures on YouTube, but it can be a little scary for the young ones, we suggest you watch the video before letting them see it.
I found a few books online but most are apt for teens or young adults. These books: Luis and the Enchanted Creatures, May Alaga Akong Bakulaw, and Ang Tikbalang Kung Kabilugan ng Buwan are good reads for the younger ones and they only cost P99.00 each.
My girls' personal favorite is Luis and the Enchanted Creatures as it introduced them to our Filipino mythical entities and how we may not be too different from them. The creatures were presented as funny and lovable in the story, so there's little or no fright factor in the storybook.
Here are the links to purchase these books from Shopee:
Luis and the Enchanted Creatures https://invle.co/clepsd9
May Alaga Akong Bakulaw: https://invle.co/clepsc6
Ang Tikbalang Kung Kabilugan ng Buwan: https://invle.co/clepse6
You can also watch the read-along of Luis and the Enchanted Creatures on YouTube here:
To download the coloring sheets and Halloween worksheets, go to this link: Halloween Activity Pages