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Legends and Lore: Black Eyed Children

Updated on February 14, 2018


When we think of legends and myths, we typically imagine knights slaying dragons and beautiful sirens luring sailors to oblivion. Not all legends have such an ancient origin, however.

Take for instance the urban legend of black eyed children. This creepy tale has its roots beginning in the early 1950’s. As the legend goes, a boy named Harold was walking down a road one day when he was approached by a lost little boy. The boy grabbed his arm and asked to go home with Harold. Harold looked into the child’s eyes and saw nothing but darkness. Harold ran home and told his parents of the encounter. His father grabbed his gun but found no traces of the entity.

In 1996, a reporter from Texas supposedly had an encounter with these sinister children. Brian Bethel was sitting in his car at a movie theatre when he was approached by a group of black eyed children. At first he thought they were normal kids, asking for a ride, until he got a good look at their eyes. Staring back at him were soulless, black orbs. Fear washed over him and he drove away from the children. As he fled, they called out to him, saying they could not enter until he said it was ok.

The Black Eyed Children

As I’m sure you’ve gathered, black-eyed children are not your typical lost boys. They are said to have sickly pale skin and hollow black eyes. They come to your door or vehicle and ask to be let in. The longer you take to answer, the more persistent they become. They say things like, “Please help us,” “it’s cold out here, can we please come in?” As they become more desperate, their pleas turn into, “we can’t enter unless you say so, let us in!”

They have also been known to approach people in isolated places such as forests and empty roads, seeming to target those who can't reach out for help.

Let Them In

But what if you do let them in? In 2016, a Vermont woman told her story of letting black-eyed children into her home. Two young children knocked on her door on a cold snowy night. Asking to be let in from the cold, the woman couldn’t just let them stay out in the harsh conditions. As she tried to make the children comfortable, the woman and her husband began to feel more and more uneasy. Suddenly, the husband’s nose began to bleed. The children left soon after. Not long after the encounter, the husband was diagnosed with cancer and the woman has been in failing health ever since. Could the children be harbingers of disease and misfortune? Or could they be the cause?

From the 2015 movie Black Eyed Children: Let Me In


In Pop Culture

Like all urban legends, as Bethel’s story became more widespread, people from all over the world began reporting their encounters with black-eyed children. a movie was even filmed about them in 2015 called Black Eyed Children: Let Me In, written by Justin Snyder and Serene Tohmy. Numerous books have also been written, detailing the chilling encounters with black-eyed children.

Be they real or simply urban legends, stories of black-eyed children continue to be reported and send a slight chill up the spines of those who dare to listen.


© 2018 Lindsey Huss


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