The Legend of Tall Betsy Continues

Tall Betsy is known throughout Cleveland, TN and all of Bradley County as their “Official Halloween Goblin”. Tall Betsy is heavily involved with the annual Cleveland Halloween Block Party. This famous Halloween celebration takes place in downtown Cleveland, TN every fall. At a whopping 7’6 ½”, Tall Betsy is all the warning Cleveland’s trick-or-treaters need to be home by curfew on Halloween night – that is, if they wish to see November…



The Legend of Tall Betsy

She comes out only on Halloween

On Centenary Avenue she can be seen,
Tall Betsy is the Lady in Black,
For scaring “night-owls” she has a knack.


Now if you’re good and go home early,
You won’t get ‘et by this gruesome girlie.
But if you linger ’til after ten,
We want you to know you are a “has been.”


‘Cause Betsy will tuck you under her arm,
and you can bet, that is cause for alarm.
To Fort Hill Cemetery she will go,
To her mausoleum, with YOU in tow!


If you don’t escape before sunrise,
I warn you now you will be her prize.
She will have you for breakfast, I do not jest,
You’ll be on the menu but not as her guest.


Your bones, she’ll dump in that ole well,
At Arnold School and no one will tell.
Your parents, they’ll worry and fret,
They’ll search all over for you, I’ll bet.


So, go home early on Halloween night
and November 1st you’ll be all right.
Trick or treating is so much fun
But if you see Tall Betsy… RUN!

- Joyce Jones

Countdown to the block party