The Boogeyman (also called bogeyman) is a mythical creature that frightens both children and adults. It‘s shape varies in the mind of the child who sees him, usually taking the form of the child’s worst nightmare. Boogeyman usually target children who misbehave and traditionally hide under the bed or stairs, in the closet, or other dark areas waiting for the right moment to strike. Parents typically use the Boogeyman to get children to behave if they are bad and say that he'll bite off their toes and fingers if they have them over the bed at night or thumbs if a child sucks their thumbs. In many other cases the Boogeyman is another nickname of the Devil, but in most general terms the Boogeyman is a living embodiment of fear and terror and usually used to describe awful scary beings.