Before you guess, no, these are not the love children of the popular 2000s group the Black Eyed Peas.
The black-eyed children are paranormal creatures that resemble children around the ages 6 to 16 who have pale skin and pitch black eyes and completely soulless. (So maybe the love children of the Black Eyed Peas?)
Let’s do some history shall we? Some people claim that these children have existed since the 1980s, however, most sources say that the legend actually originated in 1996 in posts written by a Texas reporter named Brian Bethel where he wrote about two alleged encounters with the black-eyed children. He said that he encountered two children in Abilene, Texas with pale skin and black eyes and that someone had a similar experience in Portland, Oregon. In 2012, Bethel retold his story on the TV show Monsters and Mysteries in America, he then wrote an article for the Abilene Reporter News where he described his experience again.
Also in 2012, a horror film titled Black Eyed Kids was produced and in 2013 an episode of MSN’s Weekly Strange featured different reports of the black-eyed children. Both of these things were thought to have helped spread this urban legend along.
This legend even crossed bodies of water and landed in the great land of the UK where in 2014 the Daily Star wrote three front-page stories about sightings of the black-eyed children in the haunted pub in Staffordshire. These alleged sightings were taken very seriously by ghost hunters who believed that the black-eyed children were extraterrestrials, vampires, or ghosts.
Now days, people still claim to see the black-eyed children when driving late at night down an empty road, or outside of their window late at night, or even lurking in the shadows of their room. In fact, many people have reported seeing the black-eyed children standing in the corner of their room during their episodes of sleep paralysis or even waking up in the middle of night because they sensed someone was watching them and in the shadows were these children.
Now, I’ll leave you with a lingering question…
Where are their parents?
**I feel like you can really see my sleep deprivation in this one**