“Bogey” or “bogeyman” is
derived from Northern England, English word “boggart”. shape shifting
creature which crawls into your bed to scare you. Hairy and black, they
hide in your closet or under your bed, until darkness falls. Hang
horseshoes on your doors to keep boggarts away.
These mischievous but fairly harmless spirits of the earth like to
live in dark, cluttered places such as cupboards, cellars, barns,
lofts, hollow trees, abandoned mine workings, hillside caves and
crevices, and old houses. They cause all the creaks and thumps in
these houses, and also pull bedclothes off sleepers at night or
cause uneasiness by hovering behind someone's back. It is useless to
try to turn round in time to see one, and not really worth one's
while, either, as all he looks like is a large puff of dust.
However, looking through a knothole in a wooden partition, one may
catch the dull fleeting gleam of the bogeyman's eye before he has
time to slip away.