The bogeyman, boogyman, bogyman, boogey monster,
or boogeyman, is a folklore
or legendary monster often believed in by children. The bogeyman has no specific
appearance, and bogeyman can be used metaphorically to denote a person or
thing of which someone has an irrational fear. Parents often say that if their child is naughty,
the bogeyman will get them, in an effort to make them behave. The bogeyman
legend may originate from scorland,
where such creatures are sometimes called bogles, boggarts, or bogies.
Bogeyman tales vary by region. In some places the bogeyman is male; in
others, female. In some Midwestern states of the US the bogeyman does not enter bedrooms but instead scratches on the windows. It is
said that a wart can be transmitted to
someone by the bogeyman. Bogeymen may be said to target a specific
mischief – for instance, a bogeyman that persecutes children who suck their
thumbs – or general misbehavior.
In Ireland they were a type of faerie that lived in the bog and kidnapped
children so they could play with them. They made them stay a year and a day.