Folklore Friday- Part 3: Black-Eyed Children

Alexis Smith, Writer

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Black-Eyed Children

Children with solid black eyes are thought to be mysterious beings that take on the form of kids between the ages of six and sixteen years old. They only appear to people alone at night or in their homes. The kids come in groups of two or more and often ask for favors. Reported favors are to make a phone call, a ride home, for something to eat, or to use the bathroom. The few people who have had interactions with the Black-eyed Children express feelings of unexplainable fear when the children are around.

A man named Brian Bethel was one of the first people to document having met black-eyed children in real life. He said the encounter was around 9:30 p.m. on January 16, 1998, and Brian left his apartment to pay his internet bill. He stopped at the dollar movie theater on the way to use the glow of the marquee as light to make out his check and as he did this, there was a knock on the window. He looked up to find two young boys staring at him with blank expressions. They looked between ten and fourteen years old. 

The first boy was slightly taller than his companion, wearing a pull-over, hooded shirt with a sort of gray checked pattern and jeans. I couldn’t see his shoes. His skin was olive-colored and had curly, medium-length brown hair. He exuded an air of quiet confidence.

The second boy had pale skin with a trace of freckles. His primary characteristic seemed to be looking around nervously. He was dressed in a similar manner to his companion, but his pull-over was a light green color. His hair was a sort of pale orange.

Brian almost immediately felt a sense of fear. The first boy began to explain that they need his help because they wanted to see the new Mortal Kombat movie but forgot their money. The boy asked for a lift to their house to retrieve it saying things like, “C’mon, mister… We just want to go to our house. And we’re just two little boys …C’mon, mister. Let us in. We can’t get in your car until you do, you know…Just let us in, and we’ll be gone before you know it. We’ll go to our mother’s house.”

Brian found himself unlocking the door without even realizing what he was doing. He felt as if his body and mind were being instructed by the “child” to do so. He stopped himself quickly and looked at the child again. That’s when he realized that the kids’ eyes were solid black. No sclera. No iris. No pupil.

After the kids knew Brian has seen their true colors, the first boy threatens him saying, “We won’t hurt you. You have to LET US IN. We don’t have a gun.” According to Bethel, the boy was implying that they didn’t NEED guns. He started pulling at the door and demanding to be let in. Bethel pushed his car into reverse and sped home, leaving the boys where he found him.

Since then, the accounts have slowly grown. They reached an all-time high in 2013 when they made the news thanks to a Weekly Strange video submitted to MSN. A video was uploaded giving an alleged look at them. It was, however, quickly discredited, which only increase the mystery and curiously shrouding the mysterious children.