Girl, 6, Hilariously Arms Herself Against Vampires, Werewolves and Witches

A mom was in hysterics after seeing the odd assortment of items her daughter packed for their road trip, including garlic, a fake candle, salt and sage to fight "monsters."

Elise Bryant, from Long beach, was double checking her six-year-old daughter, Coretta's, bag, as they packed up for a five-day trip up the central coast of California.

She told Newsweek: "I started laughing when I pulled out the items, but I wasn't surprised. A lot of the items are from her "monster-hunting kit" that she made and usually carries around in a cardboard box.

"She's explained to us that the aluminum foil (or "silver") is for werewolves, the sage is for evil spirits, and the garlic salt has two purposes—garlic to fight vampires and salt to keep away witches.

Coretta's road trip pack to fight monsters.
Coretta's road trip pack to fight monsters. The little girl hilariously armed herself against vampires, ghosts and werewolves. Elise Bryant

"She learned this from Hocus Pocus, her favorite movie. She's used the fake candle before for "seances" that she has with her collection of rat finger puppets."

After initially finding the stash, Bryant shared a tweet, along with a photo, to her account @elisembryant, last week, which racked up nearly 130,000 likes.

She wrote: "I checked my 6yo's bag that she packed for our road trip, and I found sage, garlic salt, all of her Descendants dolls, a fake candle, foil (which she referred to as "silver"), and three flashlights. What does she know about this trip that I don't???"

Chatting to Newsweek, Bryant admitted she didn't allow Coretta to bring all her supplies to fight off ghosts and ghouls.

"I didn't let her bring most of it—not because I didn't approve but because all those items are really special to her and I didn't want her to lose them at one of our stops. At home, we really try to follow her lead and let her explore her interests even though they can be a little spooky.

Coretta and Elise Bryant.
Coretta and Elise Bryant. The mom was in hysterics after seeing what her daughter packed for 5-day road trip. Elise Bryant

"The only thing I've given a firm 'no' to is her request for an Ouija board—so she keeps asking our family and friends to give her one secretly," she said.

After going through the Twitter responses, Bryant quoted Coretta saying: "'See! You shoulda let me bring all of it! Because the lights here keep flickering, and you know what that means!' It apparently meant ghosts."

She claims her daughter's supplies did come in handy once, saying: "At our last hotel, the power also went out. I immediately brought up the three flashlights that were originally in her bag, and she just laughed. We all had to share the single one I let her bring."

She claimed no one was surprised over Coretta's checklist, adding: "She started talking about ghosts and using scary voices before she was even two. Halloween is her favorite day of the year.

"She's really creative and curious and loves to build things out of what she calls 'magic trash.' She's always going on some sort of quest or mission that she's patiently trying to explain to us as we do our best to keep up."

Commenting on Twitter, Michelle Jackson said: "Your daughter is hilarious!"

"If you don't see any vampires, werewolves or witches around she is clearly doing a good job let it continue," @eldritchelise joked.

NNaKi wrote: "LMAO. Sis is so tired of protecting you guys from demons and vampires while you mindlessly pack marshmallows."

Worthers asked: "Are you heading towards a foreboding mountain through a dark dark forest?"

Laura Jarosz thought: "... So she's prepared for vampires, werewolves AND ghosts. Wise beyond her years."

Yehoshua Campen added: "Sounds like you were not going to make it back home..."

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The infamous Ouija board was invented in the late 19th century, and typically involves an alphabet, numbers, along with the words "yes" and "no" on a board, with a glass or pointer then supposedly moved by the undead to communicate with the living.

A study, published in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences in 2018, sought to find out a scientific explanation for the phenomenon.

Researchers, led by Marc Andersen at Aarhus University in Denmark, tracked the eye movements of participants in various settings while using a Ouija board.

They concluded: "We found a strong relationship between beliefs about the Ouija board and the reported experience of the 'Ouija condition'.

"Participants who agreed with the statement: "The Ouija board can be used to contact entities such as spirits, ghost, demons, angels, and so on", typically also agreed that it felt as if the planchette moved on its own; that neither they nor the other participants pushed the planchette; and that contact was made with a supernatural agent.

"Conversely, participants who agreed with the statement: "The Ouija board is really driven by the subconscious mind of its users (i.e. the ideomotor effect)", typically reported the opposite, namely that it did not feel as if the planchette moved on its own; that the other participant and, albeit to a lesser degree, they themselves pushed the planchette deliberately; and that no contact was made with a supernatural agent."