I was remembering something that was common in my neighborhood where I lived when I was a kid, and I was curious about how many of you had simular stories or legends that use to scare you as children.
As I have stated before, I grew up on the South Western corner of Chicago in a ethnicaly mixed neighborhood that was called Mt. Greenwood. It was named so, because before it was anexed into the City of Chicago in the yar 1920, it was actualy the town of Mt. Greenwood. IT even had, and still has as far as I know, it's own news paper.
Anyway, most of the houses in Mt. Greenwood had detached garages, (garages that were not attached to the house). Some of the older, creepier looking garages were thought to be inhabited by these mythological wearwolf like creatures called "bums." Theory has it, that real "bums" or hobos would often take up residence in old or abandoned garages when Mt. Greenwood was a town, and parents would warn their children to stay away from those old garages, because some times those hobos could be insane or dangerous in some way. Children often have a tendency to blow things way out of portion, so the lenend of the "bums" began and endures even to this day.
According to Mt. Greenwood lor, bums were monsters very much like wearwolvs. they made their homes in old wooden garages during the day, and came out at night to pray on unsuspecting children who were out after dark. Summer time was when bums were most feared and beleived to be most active, as that's when children were allowed to be outside later, because of there being no school. The house were we lived actualy had two garages. One was a brick garage that my father and Uncle Bill built, and the other was a wooden structur which faced towards the aly. It was actualy a chicken coop that was converted into a garage. That garage was where all our bikes were store, along with a other odds & ends. When I was about 8 or 9, it was rumored that our wooden garage had a bum living in it, and I did get scared for a little while. I would put my bike closest to the door so I would only have to step in about a foot to get it. My younger sister, FORGET IT. I had to get her bike out and put it away for her every day. I got over my fear of the "bums" before she did, being that I'm older.
We had two other "creepies" that lurked in the dark shadows of Mt. Ggeenwood on those warm Summer nights. One such creature was know as the "Hmm Hmm" called so because A, he, she or it was such an aweful beeing that one wouldn't dare say what it was, and B, the most plausable reason, or at least my reason, we didn't know what it was. It was just the "hmm hmm." The "hmm hmm" like bums, had a particular liking for children, but children often admonished their parents and older siblings to watch out for the "hmm hmm."
Finaly, the 3rd "creepie" to complete this "terrible trio" was simply called "the monster." "Bums" were in a class all their own, but the "hmm hmm" and "the monster" where the most commonly talked about, probably because they were the most enigmatic.
Anyway, those are the 3 terrifying characters who use to "stalk" us at night and who the older kids, and in later years, we use to tell stories about to terrorize younger children.
Any of you fine Halloweensters out there have a local childhood "bum," "hmm hmm" or "monster" you would like to share here on this threat?