Black-eyed Children (or, Black-Eyed Kids) are child-like supernatural entities of an unknown origin. Their most notable characteristics are, as their name would suggest, their striking, all black eyes, and the unnatural sense of dread that overcomes anyone in their vicinity. There is little to no information about them before 1996, when they were first popularized by Brian Bethel when he recounted his encounter with two of them one fateful night in front of a movie theater. Even though all encounters with these entities are a little different, there are characteristics which most of them share:
- An overwhelming sense of dread
- Encounters usually occur late at night, or early in the morning
- The children’s eyes are always solid black
- The children will persistently ask you to let them in your house, or car
- The children cannot enter without permission
- Once the children are allowed in, it is very hard to get rid of them
These are just some things you can expect with the appearance of Black-Eyed Children, but by no means is it everything. The takeaway from all of this is simple, though they may seem like innocent children looking for help, they are not. No one knows what their end goal is, but it is safe to say that it is not in your best interest, so if ever you encounter one of these entities, trust your gut, and make your escape.
The earliest mention of these children in popular culture dates back to around 1996; when a man by the name of Brian Bethel posted about his encounter with them on a message board for ghost stories. According to Bethel, this encounter happened in front of a movie theater in Abilene, Texas at around 10 o’clock in the evening. Bethel was using the light from the theater’s marquee to write a check, so he was surprised when he heard a knock on his window. Upon looking up, he was greeted by two young men who appeared to be in the early teens. At first glance, Bethel didn’t notice anything strange, aside from the fact that the two teens were out alone that late at night. The main thing that caught his attention was the fact the older looking kid was very confident, too confident, he thought, for a young kid outside alone. And the younger kid looked very nervous. Over the course of the interaction, the older kid was soothingly attempting to convince Bethel to let them into his car so that he could give them a ride to their mother’s house. But the strange thing is, he was not asking to be let in, he was telling, as if Bethel had no choice in the matter. Sooner rather than later, Bethel’s fight or flight response kicked in, and he got the feeling that something unnatural was afoot. Whilst trying to stall, and make conversation with the older kid, Bethel looked down and noticed that his hand was, unbeknownst to him, reaching for the door lock, and about to open the car door. When he noticed this he jerked his hand away and looked back up at the boys, and that is when it hit him, he noticed their unnaturally black eyes. Understanding the ruse was up, and they were unmasked, the kids grew agitated, and tried harder to convince Bethel to let them in. But by this point, he was shaken enough to know that it was time to listen to his body and flee the scene, so without a second’s hesitation he sped away and left whatever those things were in his rearview.
If ever you’re in a position like Brian Bethel, and you find yourself face to face with a Black-Eyed Kid, do yourself a favor, and run. We don’t know what they want from us, but I can guarantee you, it’s more than just a ride home.