Spooky Arubian Folklore

Heya fellow readers,

Guess what, it’s Friday and that means it’s my day to post! This week’s theme is scary stories. Pretty appropriate right before Halloween, eh? So since my life is far from scary unless you count all the pizza/bacon/chocolate-less days, I decided to opt for a scary story I grew up with back on Aruba. Now, no one really truly knows what happened but that’s just the beauty of it, isn’t it?

The Frenchman’s Pass 

Legend has it that back in the 17th century, French pirates tried to invade Aruba and were confronted by the native Indians defending the Pass above the Spanish Lagoon. The Frenchmen were winning the battle and so the Indians had to flee and hid in a cave where the Frenchmen couldn’t get to them. The pirates tried to smoke the Indians out of the cave but instead ended up killing them with the toxic fumes.The passage became known as “Franse Pas” or “Rooi Frances” in Papiamento, which means “Frenchman’s Pass” in English. They say that if you drive up to the cave after midnight, the engine will stop working. Some people claim that they hear crying noises of the Indians during the dark hours.

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Source: http://evaenlieke.reislogger.nl/foto/franse-pas-mangel/goudsmelterij-franse-pas.1146035

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Source: http://www.maritiemdigitaal.nl/index.cfm?event=search.getdetail&id=120087007

A small family with two kids went through this pass in their car. The smallest kid shouted out “Look mama, a light ball!” His dad saw a small ball of fire suspended from a tree which fell onto their side of the road. He slowed down to a stop and his wife urged him to stay in the car. But he would not listen, and got out of the car to see what it was. But as he approached the ball rolled away and disappeared between the trees. Feeling suddenly cold, he decided to return to the car. He asked his wife if she had turned off the engine. She said she hadn’t and she could not remember when it had turned off. Her husband couldn’t get the car started and the kids started to cry. She started to pray so they could leave this awful place. The engine suddenly started and they were out of there.

Several stories contain similar elements; a ball of fire, car engine turns off, car hitting something and nothing is ever found, weird noises, being followed by a ball of fire, something hitting the car or something lies across the road.

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/about-aruba/aruba-culture/frenchmens-pass/

I’ve driven through the Frenchman’s Pass a few times at night (not by my own will) and I swear there is something so eerie about that place! It’s the darkest area on the island and you do not want to be there alone.

Does your town have any scary stories? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

Don’t forget to check out scary stories told by the other bloggers part of the collab!

Morgan – This lover of animals is such an inspiring blogger. She blogs about lifestyle, health, beauty and more! Be sure to visit her page!

Lee – The one who came up with this collab idea! Lee is a writer and gym enthusiast and blogs about a little of everything, including life, health and beauty. Be sure to pop over and check her out!

Jacqueline Joy – With a twist of humour in her posts, this mommy of two beautiful children writes about lifestyle, beauty and everything in between. Don’t forget to head over to her page and check her out!

Jerry – I have completely fallen in love with his writing style. Beautifully descriptive! Head on over and find out what I mean!

Jenna – Jenna writes about relatable yet difficult topics, so inspirational! Give her page a visit!

Thanks for reading!

Happy Halloween and until next time,


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12 thoughts on “Spooky Arubian Folklore

  1. You are so brave for even going in that pass – no one could pay me any amount of money to go somewhere like that lol. It sounds like a horror movie were you’d be shouting ‘why are they even going in there!’ I’m a wuss though, anything remotely scary and I’m not interested. A great read though given it’s halloween, and as a history nerd, I love it from that perspective 🙂

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