Many years ago I happened to experience a couple encounters with what I can only describe as a big foot like creature.
One was simply a sighting of a creature along the side of the road in a heavily forested area of a national forest. One of those things where your headlights hit it and it stands there for a moment before turning and fading back into the deeper shadows and darkness of the forest. No sounds to mark the event just some creature that sort of challenges your mind and eyes as to did I or didn't I just see that thing. Then for there ever after you watch extra hard in the area to see if you'll see it show itself once again.
Sometime later in the lower mountains up behind our house. That time seeing something under the full moon and hearing three or four of them in the woods about me. Me and my nephew high up on the mountain side in an open field as we listened to them. Later finding what looks like a place where they bedded down and foot prints in soft ground or near the marshy area where the creek ran down from the mountains through a ravine.
But it wasn't until tonight that I was reminded we didn't always call them big foot. In Virginia, but especially the southwestern section of Virginia they are known as Wood Boogers. Seem's that is something that is unique to Virginia as I do not know of any other area that refers to them as such. Most tales you hear revolve around them scaring kids to stay out of the woods at night and be good less the Wood Booger's get you but they are Virginia's Big Foot.
So in Virginia sometimes when people talk about the Boogie Man it's not the traditional Halloween type Boogie Man, but the hairy manlike creature that haunts the forest and watches from the shadows.