‘Latinos Against Spooky Shit’ Creator Explains Inspiration Behind Viral TikTok Videos

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Whenever Jonathan Galvan from Latinos Against Spooky Shit (LASS) would watch a scary movie, he imagined what a Latine character would do differently if put in the same situation. If a Latine saw a bedroom door creek open by itself, would they go investigate?

“A scary movie with Latinos in it wouldn’t last an hour and a half. It would be more like five minutes,” Galvan, 29, told Remezcla during a recent interview. “We would move into a scary house and then someone would say, ‘Did you hear that sound?’ and we’d be like, ‘I’m gonna be in the car.’”

Galvan took that idea and created a TikTok page where he reacts to videos featuring scary scenarios. The page Latinos Against Spooky Shit (LASS) has amassed over 226,000 followers in less than a year. In one of his most watched videos at nearly half a million views, Galvan comments on footage of a French door slamming shut on its own and the person recording running away.

“No, I’m not here to buy the house – not after what I just saw,” Galvan says. “First of all, congratulations. You did it right. Spooky thing happened; you leave. You didn’t investigate. You didn’t ask questions. You didn’t provoke. You turned around, and you decided to survive.”

Born in Ensenada, Mexico, and raised in Seattle, Galvan, who is a Dreamer, is currently a regional talent acquisition manager for a hotel casino restaurant chain in Reno, Nevada. He posts content on TikTok about 3-4 times a week. And he receives many of the videos he reacts to from his TikTok followers.

In another video, Galvan reacts to a young woman holding a can of hard seltzer in her hands, who sees something moving in a curtain behind her and decides to attack it.

“No, I don’t want to drink with you,” Galvan says. “I just saw you try to punch a spooky and you haven’t even taken a sip.”

Drinking with the paranormal isn’t the only thing Galvan won’t do. Don’t ask him to go ghost hunting with you or walk down the stairs if the lights go out. How about a Ouija board? Would he play with one if someone offered him a million dollars?

“That’s not my thing,” he said. “There’s not enough pesos or yen or U.S. dollars or Canadian dollars or citizenship that you could grant me where I would do that.”

Check out more of Jonathan Galvan’s Latinos Against Spooky Shit TikTok’s here