Whether you are looking for a story for Halloween that is "not TOO spooky" or one with a tie to Hispanic Heritage month, stories about a Duende might just be what you want. According to Wikipedia the duende is found throughout Hispanic lands, even Portugal, the Philippines, and Mariana Islands. For Spain they manage to list 16 types of duendes. Back in the early issues of the Journal of American Folk-Lore (1914: pp. 237-39) folklorist Mary Blake recorded two tales about these Little People as they are told in Mexican folklore of that day. She calls them elves in the title, but duendes within the story.
"Little people (mythology)" and certainly among its list, the name of Goblin is common to spooky tales around the world.
Don't let the goblins get you (shades of James Whitcomb Riley) as next week is probably this year's final spooky story.
- There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, maybe none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection. I have long recommended it and continue to do so. He has loaded Stith Thompson's Motif Index into his server as a database so you can search the whole 6 volumes for whatever word or expression you like by pressing one key. http://folkmasa.org/motiv/motif.htm
- You may have noticed I'm no
longer certain Dr. Perez has the largest database, although his
offering the Motif Index certainly qualifies for those of us seeking
specific types of stories. There's another site, FairyTalez
claiming to be the largest, with "over 2000 fairy tales,
folktales, and fables" and they are "fully optimized for
phones, tablets, and PCs", free and presented without ads.
Between those two sites, there is much for story-lovers, but as they say in infomercials, "Wait, there's more!"
- Zalka Csenge Virag - http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com doesn't give the actual stories, but her recommendations, working her way through each country on a continent, give excellent ideas for finding new books and stories to love and tell.
You're going to find many of the links on these sites have gone down, BUT go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to find some of these old links. Tim's site, for example, is so huge probably updating it would be a full-time job. In the case of Story-Lovers, it's great that Jackie Baldwin set it up to stay online as long as it did after she could no longer maintain it. Possibly searches maintained it. Unfortunately Storytell list member, Papa Joe is on both Tim Sheppard's site and Story-Lovers, but he no longer maintains his old Papa Joe's Traveling Storytelling Show website and his Library (something you want to see!) is now only on the Wayback Machine. It took some patience working back through claims of snapshots but finally in December of 2006 it appears!