Krampus is headed your way. Check out this old horror legend brought to life. Can’t wait to watch it!!!!
In German-speaking Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure. According to traditional narratives around the figure, Krampus punishes children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Regions in the Austrian diaspora feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure (see Germanic paganism).
Traditional parades in which young men dress as Krampus, such as the Krampuslauf (German’Krampus run’), occur annually in some Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.
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Krampus was created as a counterpart to kindly St. Nicholas, who rewarded children with sweets. Krampus, in contrast, would swat “wicked” children and take them away to his lair.
This Halloween season, Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse, which Travel Channel dubbed “One of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions“, will be hosting two attractions based on the films of Michael Dougherty: Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat! The attractions opens September 18th and ends on Halloween night, so be sure to make it during those weeks if you want to experience these amazing sounding events.
According to folklore, Krampus purportedly shows up in towns the night before December 6, known as Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night. December 6 also happens to be Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas Day, when German children look outside their door to see if the shoe or boot they’d left out the night before contains either presents (a reward for good behavior) or a rod (bad behavior).