Â¡El Cucuy!, Illustration for apparel - El Cucuy is a mysterious shape-shifting creature who is compared to the American Boogeyman. Mischievous children are warned to behave or El Cucuy will come to get them. A simple, "Uy Cucuy" is enough to get the naughtiest of children to stop in their tracks.
Children ward off El Cucuy with a chant:
UY CUCUY! UY CUCUY! NO ES MUY-MUY!
SALTE! SALTE! POR DONDE ENTRASTE!
Translation: (Uy Cucuy! Uy Cucuy! You're not so bad! Get out! Get out! By where you entered!)