It is almost Halloween! My absolute favorite holiday. To celebrate, I am joined by my girls and we share some spooky stories. Oddly, during this episode, we kept experiencing some inconvenient technical difficulties. A coincidence? I hope so! The episode isn’t that scary, but if you get spooked easily like me, make sure to watch some good, wholesome Disney movies afterwards! LOL! Let me know on social media if you have ever had anything spooky happen to you. How did you react? I’d love to hear all about it!
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Hey, everyone! This is Meliza, and I'm the Talkative Introvert. We have finally reached my favorite time of the year, which is fall. And I got a special episode with my girls this week. And I wanted to give a little backstory in case you're wondering about the name. So, I put in the title, 'Spooky stories with the bewitches'. And so, that came about because in our Snapchat and Instagroup, Instagroup? Instagram group chat, I think it was Bailey. And she texted everyone and was like, "What's up, b*tches" but then it came out... it got autocorrected to bewitches. But we've just kept the name since then. And I just thought it was very befitting for this episode. So, anyways. So, before we get into the episode, there are parts of the episode that might be a little difficult to listen to. We kept running into some technical difficulties. So, we had to cut some stuff out and figured out the audio situation a few times during the episode. Which made things even spookier. So, you'll see when you get to those parts. All right, let's get into the episode.
I can hear that when you do that too.
Meliza Manalo 01:23
When I do what? Cuss?
On the podcast. When you move the thing.
Meliza Manalo 01:27
Oh yeah, I need to stop doing that. But that's why I have that chair. Because when I do my podcasts, I'm always playing on something. I need like a fidget spinner. But not the fidget spinner.
Maybe the cube then.
Meliza Manalo 01:40
Yeah, I need the cube. But it needs to not make a clicking noise. (Laughter)
You're so high maintenance.
Meliza Manalo 01:48
You're not. Oh, we're recording.
Meliza Manalo 01:49
She's just like... (Laughter)
High maintenance in a weird way. It's our particularness, you know?
Meliza Manalo 01:57
Yeah. Our particularness.
Oh, yeah yeah yeah.
That's why people think I'm high maintenance. I swear I'm not.
Meliza Manalo 02:02
I'm not. We're not.
I'm a toe stepper.
Meliza Manalo 02:06
I'm gonna start the episode. (Laughter) Are you guys ready?
That's the start of the episode. (Laughter)
Meliza Manalo 02:18
All right, joining with me today is Bailey Kat... Sorry (Laughter) a.k.a. Casey, Leah a.k.a Louie. And we've all done an episode. Well, we haven't done one together.
For four of us this is the first!
Meliza Manalo 02:34
Yeah. So, this is the first for the four of us. But Louie has one, Casey has one and Bailey has one with Casey. So, go check those out. Today's episode is a Halloween special.
Wooo (Everybody making a spooky voice)
I thought about getting like Halloween sounds for this.
Meliza Manalo 02:55
But then I didn't.
Meliza Manalo 02:57
Oh, you should edit one in.
Meliza Manalo 03:00
In the future. I'm not that quite advanced.
Meliza Manalo 03:05
Let's look stuff up on YouTube.
I was just about to say. Let's look it up on YouTube.
Meliza Manalo 03:09
That's how I've done this whole podcast.
Hey, sometimes I do that. It's like for my YouTube, I'll just like search up a sound and then put that sound, record it with my phone. And then send it to my email. (Laughter)
That's called thinking outside the box.
Just get it done.
Meliza Manalo 03:28
So, this would be like where we insert like the thunder. (Making thunder sound)
And like the cackling of the witch.
Meliza Manalo 03:34
I'm not good at it. (Laughter)
That was not good.
Meliza Manalo 03:41
They get the cackle down.
That's poor grammar.
My nick name was bruha-ha.
Meliza Manalo 03:44
Yeah, because of my hair.
Bruha. A Burro? A Burro?
Meliza Manalo 03:54
What's a Burro?
It's a donkey.
That's what bruha is.
Meliza Manalo 03:58
Oh, no, a bruha is a witch.
My mom used to call me bruha-ha.
Meliza Manalo 04:05
When my hair is messy. My mom called me bruha.
Meliza Manalo 04:10
Like, "Go brush your hair."
She's like, "Hey, Leah. Why do you look so bruha-ha?" (Laughter)
Meliza Manalo 04:17
Filipino parents, the best, aren't they?
Meliza Manalo 04:21
So, today's episode, we're going to talk about spooky stories for Halloween. I love Halloween. Halloween is my favorite.
Aaooooo (Wolf howling sound)
It's my favorite holiday.
Meliza Manalo 04:32
Do you guys have a costume for this year? I know that was a good one. That's a cute little one.
I don't. Usually, I'm so... I'm always last minute with my costumes. Fabian has his costume all ready. This is the first time that we're not doing it like a couples costume.
Meliza Manalo 04:48
Did you do a couples costume last year?
I thought you did. Was that last year or two years ago when you did Billie?
We didn't. We didn't really. Oh, I did Billie when he wasn't here. And then last year, we went hiking for Halloween.
Meliza Manalo 05:01
That one went viral.
Meliza Manalo 05:03
Just like hopping off.
I do but then my... you know, my Instagram got hacked so now I don't have that evidence that it actually like...
Meliza Manalo 05:14
I was Insta famous for like a day. I swear. I swear I was the very first person to dress up as Billie Eilish. Because I could not find... I searched for it. Because I was like, I want to be Billie Eilish. I wonder if anyone's done this before. I needed some ideas. And I couldn't find a single person who dressed up like her for Halloween. And then I posted that picture. And she liked it. And then I got really famous after that for like, a couple hours.
Meliza Manalo 05:44
She liked it.
I know. It was so crazy, man. Yeah, really just watching the count go up.
You should've...I wish you could have seen my phone. The notifications were coming in so fast. You couldn't even read them. They were just like... they were just rolling.
Yeah, like what? 10,000 on there?
No, it was only like 6000.
Meliza Manalo 06:06
Yeah. But that was your little shot of fame for like a day.
I know. I still have the pictures, though. So, I just don't have the post anymore, which I'm really sad about. But whatever.
Meliza Manalo 06:18
Now she's too famous.
Have you heard her new song? My future? Or future? whatever it's called. It's really good.
I don't think. No, I don't think so. Is it the...?
Meliza Manalo 06:29
Okay. Look it up on... Huh?
Is it the one for James Bond?
No, no. She just came out with it. Look it up on YouTube, 'Billie Eilish NPR Tiny Desk concert from home'.
I've not seen.
I'll text ya. I'll text it to ya.
Anyway, there's a tangent, right there. (Laughter)
What are we doing again?
Meliza Manalo 06:53
It's like every episode. I feel like every episode I have with people, like the actual main subject is for half... like maybe 20 minutes. And then the rest of it are just a bunch of tangents. (Laughter) But um...
Remember, I gotta be in bed by 12:00.
Yeah, we're on time. All right.
Meliza Manalo 07:09
All right. Let's get to it.
Let's get into it.
Meliza Manalo 07:12
Do you want to share your story?
Meliza Manalo 07:15
Umm, I think I have a couple.
Meliza Manalo 07:19
My, umm... I guess I'll share my best. Should I go for my best story right now?
Give us every detail. We should close our eyes so we could... (Laughter)
I feel like my stories aren't even really that great though. Now that I think about it.
Meliza Manalo 07:37
Well, just share. Share one.
She said share one.
Meliza Manalo 07:42
Wait how many do you have?
Umm... I have like, two or three. Well, two of them are mine. Or three of them are mine. One of them is not really mine.
Meliza Manalo 07:53
It's my mom's.
Meliza Manalo 07:55
Okay. It's like when she was in the Philippines?
No. It was when Inang died. You hear me?
Meliza Manalo 08:06
Yeah, there's a delay. There's a delay from the FaceTime and from the Zoom. It's okay.
Meliza Manalo 08:13
It'll eventually matchup. That's fine.
It'll find itself out.
There's kind of a delay now.
Meliza Manalo 08:17
Just don't look at our mouth.
Yeah, for me. You guys go in and out.
Meliza Manalo 08:21
Okay. Hopefully, it doesn't ruin the recording. But... All right. Yeah.
I feel like I've told you guys my story before, though. So, this one is in that apartment that we lived in at the Grove? Yeah, well, formerly the grove. It's not the Grove anymore.
Meliza Manalo 08:36
Let's not. Let's not say the name of the apartment. At an apartment somewhere in the...
Somewhere in the continental U.S.
Well. it's not called that anymore.
Meliza Manalo 08:53
It's not even called that anymore. But I wasn't gonna say the actual name now. Anyway, in this apartment that we lived in. And at the time, it was me and Ava. Ava is my little sister. For those who don't know. She was born when I was 13. So, she's like, 'baby' baby. She was probably like, maybe not even two. I don't think. It's at that age where kids can like... they don't know how to talk really. But they...you can kind of understand what they're getting at. It's like limited words. Yeah, I think it was like just before two or something like that. But anyway, we're in my room. And it's that room. So, it's a three-bedroom apartment. And my room, which is always weird. And it was that room that was always really cold. Do you remember that?
Meliza Manalo 09:32
Probably at two. Yeah.
Like that room was just always ice cold. Like we'd have the heater on, it'd be at like 80 degrees, and my room would probably be like... felt like 50. It was so cold. I slept with like five blankets. No joke. That's not an exaggeration. I slept with 5 blankets every single night.
Meliza Manalo 10:15
That's why I like that room. (Laughter) It was cold.
I hated it. I hated it. But anyway, so it's like the middle of summer. It's just me and Ava in that room because we're home alone all the time. And it's like the middle of the day. And we're just sitting on the floor. And I'm just drawing a heart on my ankle. For some reason. I don't know why. So, I was doing that. But it's just like a regular cheap ballpoint pen. Just drawing on myself. And so, Ava comes in and she basically lets me know that she wants me to do that to her too. So, she sits down, and I start drawing on her ankle, like just another little heart. And then all of a sudden, she looks up into the corner of the room. And it says, 'Vaulted ceilings'. And it's really, really high up. And she just stares at this one specific corner of the ceiling. And I'm just drawing on her. And out of nowhere, she just starts screaming bloody murder. Like just screaming and crying. And she keeps saying, "Ow, Ow it our hurts." And she just stares at that spot in the ceiling. And doesn't move her eyes and she just keeps telling me that it hurts. And I thought maybe I hurt her with the pen for some reason. But it's not a sharp pen. It's like one of those pretty blunt pens. So, there's no way I hurt her with the pen. And she's just like freaking out. So, I grabbed her. And I went out of that room so quick. Shut the door, and I did not go back in there until my parents came home.
Dude, that's creepy
Meliza Manalo 11:50
Ava did of weird things though when she was two.
Meliza Manalo 11:53
Also, a lot of weird things happened in that room.
Meliza Manalo 11:57
Yeah, and that apartment specifically.
Meliza Manalo 12:02
Was that thing that happened... you guys were in the Philippines.
We were in the Philippines? Yeah, all the toys just fell off the shelf.
Meliza Manalo 12:10
Yeah. So, like, I guess a little backstory. So, I used to live with Leah and Brandon and their family. And so, Leah, Brandon and their mom went to the Philippines. And then...
I forgot what happened.
Meliza Manalo 12:24
Eva used to... she would sleep upstairs with me. Or she would sleep in the master bedroom with her dad. But there's like one time. And I can't remember like exactly what happened. I think Ava was sleeping with me at the time. And then so Loui's room was empty. There's no one in there. You know, like they're all in the Philippines. And like, one night we just heard a crash, I think right? I think it was just one night we heard a crash.
Meliza Manalo 12:51
And all the toys on the shelf just fell down.
That's so scary.
Meliza Manalo 12:55
And there's no like no one.... There's like no one banged on anything. There wasn't like an earthquake or anything. It was just one random night and all the toys just fell down. Yeah. It freaked me out. And then I was like... I don't think I even went downstairs. I just waited till the morning. Just like went down there and just checked it out and
Waited till daylight?
Meliza Manalo 13:15
Yeah. Cuz nothing happens just that way.
Exactly. Freaks come on at night. Right?
I never thought about like, why that room was so cold all the time. And I'm thinking about it. That's probably because that room was just like, not right.
Meliza Manalo 13:33
Haunted or something?
Yeah. Because Casey then lived in an apartment that was the same exact layout. And that second bedroom was never cold like that. Because they used to... my mom used to say like, "Oh, because it kind of sticks out a little bit or just the way, just where the room is placed. Like it's just cold because of where it is." I don't know.
Meliza Manalo 13:56
Yeah. But the master bedroom is like adjacent to it. And it was fine.
Meliza Manalo 14:01
So, yeah. That apartment...
Yeah. Every other three bedroom that we had been in was perfectly fine.
Meliza Manalo 14:09
Yeah. And that was the last...
It's just that one room.
Meliza Manalo 14:11
Oh, no. That wasn't the last one. Because your mom moved into another one after that.
Yeah, it was a second. But we lived in there for a long time.
Meliza Manalo 14:19
It was like four years or something, I think. Almost I think the entire time I was in high school.
Meliza Manalo 14:29
Yeah. And that apartment was also the first place I had my first night terror.
And Brandon. Yeah. Brandon used to get really bad sleep Paralysis there, too.
Meliza Manalo 14:44
That's so scary.
Meliza Manalo 14:45
Yeah, cuz I've never even heard of sleep paralysis. But I guess Brandon has always had it since high school, I think. But that apartment specifically was the first time I ever had sleep paralysis. Do you guys know what that is?
Not really. I've heard of it. But I don't really know what it is.
Meliza Manalo 15:03
So basically like...
It's like... is it when you're asleep, but then you can't wake up from your dream?
Meliza Manalo 15:09
Mm hmm. So, your body is asleep, but your mind is awake. So, your mind is aware that something is happening. And then a lot of sleep terrors also... like people end up seeing supernatural things happen during a sleep terror and then you can't wake yourself up.
Meliza Manalo 15:29
And there's like videos about it.
And then you hallucinate. Yeah, you hallucinate like crazy.
Meliza Manalo 15:33
Yeah. Because my first sleep terror... or what are they called?
Sleep paralysis? Or like night terrors?
Meliza Manalo 15:42
Or a nightmare?
Meliza Manalo 15:43
Yeah. Well, it's like more intense than a nightmare.
A nightmare on steroids.
Meliza Manalo 15:47
Yeah. Basically. But like my first one, I think you guys were in the Philippines also. It just happened. I was by myself and I was sleeping. And then... so the upstairs is a loft, right? So, there's no closing walls. So, it's like the loft room and then it goes down to a staircase that goes to the main house or main apartment. And so, I just remember I couldn't move. And then I think I saw like... I think I saw Louie going down the stairs. But I know she's not there. And I didn't see her face. I just see the back of her. So, it looked like she was in our loft. And then she was walking towards the staircase. And then she turned to go down the staircase. But I didn't... never saw her face. I just saw the back of her.
I wouldn't literally...
You never told me that.
Meliza Manalo 16:39
What the f*ck, Louie? Why would you do that? (Laughter)
Meliza Manalo 16:43
Cuz she was in the Philippines.
But the weird thing though, like once I moved up to that loft... You guys still hear me?
Meliza Manalo 16:51
Okay. Something was weird with my headphones. Anyway, when I moved upstairs into that loft after you and Brandon moved out, every single time I was home alone at night, I would always hear running up and down those stairs.
Meliza Manalo 17:09
Yeah, I always like heard that. I wasn't sure if that was just me or I don't know...
Meliza Manalo 17:17
...The neighbor. But now that's weird, but you heard that too.
Meliza Manalo 17:21
Oh, my God. I'm so glad I'm not in that apartment anymore.
I don't think I ever said anything to anyone, but I would hear it all the time when I was home alone.
Meliza Manalo 17:28
Mm hmm. What? What happened?
I hear something. Can you guys hear it?
There's a dog barking.
Meliza Manalo 17:37
Oh, there's a dog barking outside.
Meliza Manalo 17:40
That's our neighbor's dog.
Not a demon.
I knew there was a dog outside. I'm not even there.
Meliza Manalo 17:44
I was like, what is it?
Oh, okay, well...
We have both headphones. So, it's kind of like where we can only hear ourselves.
I just heard. Is that Link barking?
The sound is trapped.
Meliza Manalo 17:54
Yeah, it's the neighbor's dog.
It's a trap sound. (Laughter)
Meliza Manalo 18:01
But like night terror are scary.
I have nightmares all the fricking time.
Meliza Manalo 18:06
Cuz you can't do anything.
Meliza Manalo 18:08
I wouldn't say night terrors. Cuz I'm a boss a*s bitch. (Laughter)
Meliza Manalo 18:12
It's true though.
I've had a couple of night terrors. And I get nightmares almost every single night.
Meliza Manalo 18:22
Oh my god that's associated with stress.
I'm stressed constantly.
Meliza Manalo 18:29
That's probably why.
Every time I do dream, it's a nightmare.
That makes sense.
Meliza Manalo 18:33
But you can actually... So, if you do get sleep paralysis regularly, you can actually practice lucid dreaming. And so...
Oh, I love Lucid dreaming.
Meliza Manalo 18:43
Yeah. Me too. Have you ever done that?
Meliza Manalo 18:45
No, it really is like inception.
Meliza Manalo 18:47
Because when you're in a sleep paralysis, you see your surroundings. You look like you're in your room. And so, for me, when I know I'm in sleep paralysis... because what I do is... like you know, in inception, they have things that tell you that they're in a dream.
Meliza Manalo 19:03
So, my token or whatever is that I look at my hands.
Meliza Manalo 19:08
So, if I look at my hands, and they don't show up, like I don't see my hands, then I'm in sleep paralysis.
Oh, I was about to say I can never see myself when it happens.
Meliza Manalo 19:16
Yeah. So, that's like tokens. So, that's when I know I'm in sleep paralysis.
Ya'll have blown my mind right now.
Yeah, I know.
Meliza Manalo 19:23
Cuz I just had it this morning actually.
Like you just looked up there. And it was like nubbins?
Meliza Manalo 19:28
No, there's nothing. You can't see at all. It's just...
And you're like, "All right. I'm in a dream."
Like you can feel yourself doing it.
Meliza Manalo 19:34
Yeah, but you can't feel yourself.
Meliza Manalo 19:36
And then if you're screaming, like you try to scream, and you can't...
And it's like nothing?
Meliza Manalo 19:40
Yeah. Nothing, then you're in sleep paralysis. Yeah. But you can actually train your brain so that you can do lucid dreaming. And so, you can control your environment basically.
Okay, that's happened to me before. I was just like, in a dream and I was scared. And I was like trying to escape. I wonder if I was lucid dreaming when I straight up fell asleep in a meeting at work. (Laughter) Not too long ago. I just like... I don't know, I just could not stay awake.
Meliza Manalo 20:07
Yeah. And I just remember thinking in that moment like, I'm f*cked. This is not a good look for me. Not in the closed meeting with my boss. And in another department.
Meliza Manalo 20:19
Oh, my god.
I can't hear you either.
Meliza Manalo 20:21
Oh no, did we lose you?
It's the demons.
Meliza Manalo 20:24
Are you on? Oh, you're no longer... she's not on Zoom. That's creepy.
At least she got her story out of the way. (Laughter)
Mia is getting the chill vibes.
Meliza Manalo 20:39
Weird things are happening.
(Talking on the cell phone) I know. We've been slightly freaking out. I clicked on the link again.
Meliza Manalo 20:47
She clicked that. She clicked that link.
What if we just did it off here?
Meliza Manalo 20:52
We could. I don't know how that'll sound. We're having some technical difficulties. Louie got kicked out of zoom. Do you want the...? There's um... you see that pink arm on the middle? Middle card middle... you know...
Meliza Manalo 21:18
It's like white base pink arm?
Meliza Manalo 21:21
Oh, that thing?
Meliza Manalo 21:23
Oh, that sign.
Meliza Manalo 21:28
Yeah, see. Well, we can record you like this until you figure out your...
Till I get it back up.
Meliza Manalo 21:39
Yeah, it just sounds funny.
Get headphones for your phone.
Meliza Manalo 21:43
Yeah, put your headphones for your phone.
Oh, hold on. I think I'm getting it. Okay.
Got her in!
Admit. Okay, as soon as we get everything...
Meliza Manalo 21:55
Meliza Manalo 22:00
Okay. Are we back in business?
Meliza Manalo 22:02
Okay. Anyways, we were talking about night terrors. And then what did you...? Did you say something, Bailey?
No, I did not raise my hand. (Laughter)
Meliza Manalo 22:11
No, I think I just said like, I have nightmares all the time. And it makes me not want to sleep. And then I don't get any sleep. And then... oh, that's what I was talking about. And then I fall asleep at work in meetings. (Laughter)
And it's not a good look for me.
I mean, I have a lot of nightmares. But they don't usually affect me that bad. There was one though that really, really terrified me. And I couldn't shake it off for like three days. It was horrifying. I'm still like, still kind of anxious and crazy because of it.
Meliza Manalo 22:50
Do you want to share?
And that was like... it was like three weeks ago. I can't really remember the details. But it was basically about me being abducted...
And so now like... No, from a person.
Meliza Manalo 23:04
Like a random person maybe.
Like a random person was like... Yeah, someone was stalking me and abducted me. And I was able to escape in my dream. And I've never really had a fear of being kidnapped, or anything like that. Obviously, I make sure I watch myself. And I'm not stupid.
Yeah, but ever since then... And that was like three weeks ago, but ever since then. I've been hyper aware of everything and just so on edge.
And just like... Yeah, it's like I feel someone watching me now. And it's just...
Meliza Manalo 23:36
Uhhh. It's a horrible feeling.
And then my purse got stolen.
Meliza Manalo 23:43
Oh, it did?
Your purse got stolen? What a violation of privacy.
Yes. While I was in gymnastics, and it was eight o'clock at night, no one's in there. But me and... sorry, me and the coach and one other... But anyways, me, the coach (Laughter) and one other girl we were doing Yoga. And it was just... it's kind of... it freaked me out because no one's supposed to be there. It was on a Thursday. So, it's not posted anywhere that we do gymnastics or anything on a Thursday. So, I guess it kind of looks like no one was in there or should be in there. And someone literally came into the lobby. We didn't hear anything. And it's a really tiny place. Like you can usually hear someone in the lobby. But someone snuck in, grabbed my purse.
I was sitting on a chair. Just mine. The other girl's purse was right next to it. My phone and my keys were underneath my purse. And they just took my purse.
Meliza Manalo 24:46
What the hell. That's messed up.
Yeah, what? You guys have cameras?
That's some bad juju you go to come back around.
No, they have cameras but not in that room.
Of course. That sucks. Leah, sorry.
Meliza Manalo 24:57
The lobby? They don't have cameras in the lobby?
No, they only have cameras in the actual gym.
Meliza Manalo 25:04
Ohh. Lesson learned.
That sucks dude.
So, now you have to get like a new license and everything.
You just got it, didn't you?
No. I got really lucky, though. Because I accidentally left my license and a credit card in a jacket pocket. (Laughter)
That's the most Leah thing I've ever heard. She gets better.
Wait, but wait. Wait.
That's a great way.