Here comes the Bogey-Man

boogeyman_by_nathan-arches Who is the Boogeyman? What does he do for a living? and why do parents feel the need to scare young children into submission with horrifying tales of this night dwellers exploits? Growing up in a older Fort Worth neighborhood we had this one elderly lady that lived a few doors down in the corner house. “Mrs. Mullins” was her name. We couldn’t go by her place without her yelling out “The Boogeyman’s gonna get you kids… He’ll getCha!” Now when your a six year-old riding your Big Wheel down to play with your friend something like that will scare the crap out of you. I remember my little brother wakening up in the middle of the of the night screaming “The Boogeyman…. the BOOooGeyMaN” Sure it’s funny now! But that kind of thing sticks with a kid.

that kind of thing sticks with a kid

“Something like that will scare the crap out of you”

boogeyman_hood Wikipedia defines the Boogeyman as: “an amorphous imaginary being used by adults to frighten children into compliant behavior. The monster has no specific appearance” Some countries call him the “Sack Man” and he carries children away at night in his old sack if there not good? Now why in the world would you tell your kids that story. As if being a kid isn’t tough enough.. now they have to stand watch every night for a nondescript guy with a sack? Hey! I am all for warning my kids about the dangers of this world, strangers, look both ways before crossing the street! I do draw the line at the sack man – after all.. a kid needs their sleep.

The Boogeyman’s gonna get you kids…

They call him the “Sack Man” and he carries children away at night in his old sack if there not good

boogeyman_raskadow Now there’s no doubt in my mind that the Boogeyman has played a very important roll in my life. after all I do operate a Haunted House. And if you feel that part of being a good parent, baby sitter or older sibling is to scare the living daylights out of your kids.. well more power to you. Who am I to judge.

So… What ever became of Mrs. Mullins?, one day she just stopped showing up to yell at us. Her house was boarded up for the longest time. As we grew older we called it the Haunted House on the corner. I never did learn what happened to her..

But I do have a theory….

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