Anita's Notebook - Life is better with stories!


  • About This Blog

    A picture of Anita Wirawan in Seattle, Washington.

    My name is Anita Wirawan and I love stories :).
    Stories can: make you smile -- show a deeper meaning behind something -- or even change your life.
    I started this blog in 2008 after my brother Jody died & over the years it's become my notebook for stories.

    My mission is to find the best stories to share with you.
    So go ahead... look around and read some stories!

    If you have questions or comments, text (909) 264-8248 or email me using the form below...

    Yes I will answer :) just make sure you put in your email address:

  • **What are people saying about the stories on Anita's Notebook??**

    Love the stories I've read so far,can't wait for another one!
    -Melissa N




    hey anita this story was mind blowing and scary .I n my friends freaked out after reading this story ,awesome job man !!!!!!!


    i wanted to thank you for all of your amazing stories.
    -Paniz S


    i couldn't choose one so i chose all they were all gr8
    -Karina C


    I love it honey....stuff like that makes me tear up every just goes to show the bond of siblings no matter how much they agree and disagree.
    -Tonja H


    This is much more believable then that stupid rugrats theory thanks for putting the truth out there :-D
    -Ivy S


    Haaiiii (: i just started reading your blog, you are amazing :o!^___^ lol
    -Angie M


    that was soo scary ^ ^ those red eyes gave me the creeps lol


    I like more stories as it's near Halloween. I find them quite interesting while I'm in bed for the night. Keep up the good work
    -Tracey C


    That was an awesome story personaily i love slender man so this story just made my day
    -Evie M


    i read all of ur stories lol i just love scary stories ^ ^


    I enjoyed the article about Hello kitty's history. I learned many things throughout this article and had a few laughs as well.
    -Charity M


    I love this story, I love to read your storys before I go to sleep its very exciting and it just makes me wanna read more and more ... Anita, I love your stories just keep them coming. :)


    This is a beautiful and heartwarming story. Thanks!


    Loved both stories the scary one nd the boy with the coins nd mean waitress :) cant wait for more stories :D


    i liked it! can you send me all your new storys plz


    -Doralina P


    Hope you post more scary stories. :D, Loved this! Now we all just need a campfire and some smores :D


    it helps me to just come here and look up stories. it also helps me past the time by when im not tending to childern. i loved the story of bloody mary. its my favorite thing to read about. so thank you for puting up this notebook.
    -Desiray M


    I like this better than the more "traditional" Cinderella stories, frankly.


    Hi Anita, So this isn't a question, but I recently saw your posts about the Hey Arnold! truth and then, about the Rugrats truth. I just wanted to say thank you writing these posts. I have been wondering the real stories for a long time, hoping that the "truths" I kept reading about were untrue. And now I know they are. You saved my childhood=o) Also, I love stories too=o)


    The stories you've posted so far have really fueled my interest in legends
    -Joyce S


    Lovely. Last night I read it, as if I'm a child. The more I read the more I was delighted. I wanted that this be real :). Thank you, I love this.
    -Lizbeth W


    Oh my god , this is so weird i been looking for answers like this for many years thank you! : )


    More STORIES PLEASE ! I love them !!!
    -Brianna C


    I have been reading your stories for a long time and you have inspired me to look further in to things than just the obvious. you have made my life so interesting, THANK YOU. (:


*11 Scary Stories To Read For Halloween*

Halloween Scary Story Haunted HouseHalloween time has come around again and you know what that means…scary stories :).

Here’s eleven terrifically terrifying scary stories for Halloween 2014. Pick one …or read them all if you dare…

1. Picture of La Llorona Ghost

*Scary Story Of La Llorona: The Weeping Ghost By The River*

2. Scary Story Of Black Eyed Children

*Don’t Let Them In! Scary Stories Of The Black Eyed Children*

3. Picture of Robert The Haunted Doll scary Halloween story

*Legend Of The Real-Life Chucky: A Haunted Doll From 100 Years Ago*

4. Ghost Story Haunted Train Tracks Urban Legend

*Ghost Children Of The Train Tracks: A Spooky Urban Legend*

5. Japanese Ghost Story Hanako San Halloween

*Legend Of Hanako-San: Spooky Japanese Ghost Of The School Bathroom*

6. Ghost Story Barog Tunnel India Shimla Railway

*Ghost In The Tunnel: The Haunting Story Of Colonel Barog*

7. Scary Story Insane Asylum Bus Halloween

*The Asylum Bus: A Scary Story Of Mistaken Identity*

8. Barog Tunnel Ghost Story Woman In Black

*Ghosts Of The Barog Tunnel: Scary Story Of The Woman In Black*

9. Scary Story Girl Graveyard Knife Halloween
*Scary Story Of The Girl Who Sat Alone In The Graveyard*

CLASSICS The two most popular scary stories on this blog this year are:

10. Halloween-Scary-Stories-To-Read-Bloody-Mary

*Faces In The Mirror: The True Story Behind Bloody Mary*

11. Slender Man Scary Story Halloween
*Is Slender Man Real? True Story And Myth Behind Slender Man*


I like your style! Check out these scary stories from last Halloween:

*Scary Stories To Read For Halloween 2013*

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*Don’t Let Them In! Scary Stories Of The Black Eyed Children*

Black Eyed Children Scary Story PictureOn Halloween it’s perfectly normal to have spooky looking children knocking on your door. Any other day of the year though and you might be getting a visit from the Black Eyed Children.

Today’s story was requested by the always awesome Jennifer, who got the idea after coming across a site where people were talking about encounters with eerie beings known as Black Eyed Children.

Turns out that those visited by Black Eyed Children soon realize that getting rid of them isn’t as easy as giving out some treats…


It’s another one of those days where you’re at home alone with not much to do. You’ve been passing the time by lazily browsing stuff on your phone while the tv flickers in the background, but really you’re about five seconds away from curling up on the couch and taking a nap. That is, until you hear three faint taps coming from the front of the house.

Could it be somebody at the door? Seems strange that they wouldn’t use the doorbell, but whatever, you decide to get up and investigate anyway.

Black Eyed Children At The Door StoryWalking quietly up to the front door you look through the peephole to see who it is, but no one’s there. That’s …weird. Goosebumps form on your arm as you scan the view through the peephole and your mind races through all the possible things that could have made the noise.

Maybe a trashcan blew over on the sidewalk, maybe it was a tree branch hitting the front of the house. Three car doors slamming in the distance? Or maybe… well, let’s face it, all are equally lame theories.

You glance at the door lock (yup, it’s locked) and consider tiptoeing away when a decent theory finally pops into your mind. The more you think about it, the more it makes sense: it must have been the mailman. He was delivering that package from Amazon you’ve been waiting forever for and knocked on the door so you’d know it was on the front step.

Before you know it you’ve got the door unlocked and have flung it wide open, ready to scoop up the package. But Picture of Black Eyed Children BEK Boy and Girlinstead you just about jump out of your skin, because standing in front of you are two of the spookiest children you’ve ever seen.


Both the girl and the boy look to be about nine years old, but there’s something about their faces that make them seem much older. Their skin is incredibly pale, and they have such an eerie look about them that it’s almost hypnotizing. The boy is standing closest to you and starts to speak.

“Hello. We have gotten lost while walking in this neighborhood today and need to call our mother, may we please come in?”

“Um…”, there was something odd about the boy’s voice, it just didn’t seem to fit a nine year old. For some reason your mind feels fuzzy but you manage to come up with an excuse to keep them outside “What’s her phone number? I’ll get my phone and dial it for you.”

The boy looks slowly at the girl, then back at you. “I cannot remember. We need to go in and sit down right now so I can remember.”

Yeah, no. Your mind may feel fuzzy but you haven’t lost it completely. “I…just remembered my phone is broken,” you stammer, “how about you try another house? Sorry.” Then you grab the door and start to close it.

“No! You must let us in!” the boy shouts while Angry Black Eyed Children Scary Storyholding his hand up in the air and looking you directly in the eyes. And it’s at this point that your heart freezes, because you realize what was so absolutely unnerving about these children. It’s their eyes, their eyes are an inky black color.

But now that those soulless black eyes are looking right at you, you feel very strange. Suddenly you aren’t so sure whether to completely close the door or let them in. Something tells you that if you wait too much longer then you’ll lose all will to resist. So with all the willpower you can muster you shut the door and lock it, expecting to hear the boy shouting from the other side. Instead though there’s only complete silence.

You run over to the window to see if they go to the neighbors’ house next, but the front step is empty and there’s no one to be seen anywhere. Both children have simply vanished.


Black Eyed Children History Folklore MythologyThat story is an example of what people report experiencing when they get a visit from the Black Eyed Children, sightings of which have been on the rise in recent years. But who are they, and why do they want to get into your house so bad?

Mythology and folklore from cultures around the world have their share of stories about people with eyes that are completely black. Most of these beings were considered to be people who are under the control of something evil.

Like in some parts of South America when children with inky black eyes were sighted, they were thought to be kids who had died and whose body became occupied by an evil spirit afterwards. These evil spirits would use the bodies as a way to go walking around undetected.

Some legends about Bloody Mary even say that if she appears to someone playing the Bloody Mary game that their eyes will immediately turn black.

Stories Of Black Eyed Children BEK BookBut what makes the stories of Black Eyed Children different is how the children always knock on people’s doors and demand permission to be let in. These kinds of stories seem to have first been heard of in the US and the most famous account of them is a report from back in the 90’s by a man named Brian Bethel, who said two eerie looking children approached him in an empty parking lot.

The children were very insistent on getting permission to be let in, and when he denied them they became angry. It was only then that he realized they both had inky black eyes. He drove off in a panic, and when he looked in the rear view mirror both the children had mysteriously disappeared even though there was no place for them to go.

This leads to another question: why do the Black Eyed Kids need permission to get in so badly anyway, can’t they just step inside the doorway if they really wanted to?


Picture of many Black Eyed Children at the door.Pour salt across a doorway, splash olive oil on a door, sprinkle holy water around a room, the list of ways to keep evil spirits out can get quite long depending on which stories you read. The main idea behind them all is to ritually make a line that something evil can’t cross, and this line is usually focused on the doorway to a house or room.

I think it’s interesting that in the stories of Black Eyed Children they can’t seem to get inside the house without explicit permission of the person who answered the door. This points to them being the type of evil that doesn’t have any power until you invite it into your life.

And as for what happens when someone actually does let the Black Eyed Children in, well no one seems to know. Many people believe that it means those who let the them inside don’t survive to tell the tale. Who knows, but if you hear three knocks on your door and eerie looking children are on your doorstep it might be a good idea to check their eyes first.

If their eyes are inky black whatever you do, don’t let them in.


*Spiders, Spiders, Spiders: This Week’s Shoutout To Hailie M.*

Funny story about a Halloween spider.This week’s shoutout goes out to Hailie M. who wrote me an email about spiders that got me thinking.

If you’re subscribed to get stories by email you probably noticed this in the last email near the story about Ron Weasley:

Do you like spiders?

If you answered “Yes” to that question, send me an email because that’s just crazy :P. If not then read on…

You see, Ron Weasley and I have something in common, we are both really afraid of spiders. Like him I’ll even get nightmares about spiders sometimes, though luckily none of them have tried to make me tapdance (yet).

Hailie M. saw my question about spiders and wrote:

I like spiders!!! I have a pet tarantula named Sir Paul and I LOVE all your story’s you share.

I thought that was pretty cool. No way in a million years would I ever have a pet spider, but it’s nice to know that other people are into it and aren’t terrified beyond belief at the idea lol. And really it just goes to show that one person’s fear is another person’s beloved pet –definitely something interesting to think about this Halloween :D.

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