25 Creepy Cool Facts About Krampus

Posted by , Updated on November 8, 2017


While American kids usually get their Christmas gifts no matter how good or bad they have been all year, their European counterparts have a good reason to behave themselves throughout the year. Traditionally, on December 6th, less than 3 weeks before Christmas, St. Nicholas visits families in many European countries and rewards kids who have been good. However, he does not come alone. He is accompanied by another fellow, a scary monster known as Krampus. As you might guess, Krampus’s duty is to take care of the bad kids. To find out more about this terrifying mythological figure and what he does to his victims, check out these 25 Creepy Cool Facts About Krampus.


As Austria has registered increased numbers of asylum-seeking refuges from the Middle East recently, some Austrian cities have organized special presentations for the newcomers to educate them about the Krampus tradition so that they will not be scared during the Krampus Nights.

Krampus Source: telegraph.co.uk

Some Krampus festivities have been known to get out of hand. For example, in 2015, five teenagers were seriously injured as several people dressed in Krampus costumes beat them with whips and tree branches at Krampus Night celebrations in Salzburg, Austria.

KrampusSource: independent.co.uk

Some European cities organize huge Krampus parades to perform a 1,500 year-old pagan ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter.

Krampus paradeSource: smithsonianmag.com

Some historians suggest that Krampus's image might have evolved over time and throughout regions into the opposite of St. Nicholas (or Santa Claus) to keep a balance of the good and evil.

KrampusSource: ancient-origins.net

Some of the older variations of punishment by Krampus included naughty children being put in a bag and taken away. This part of the legend refers to the times that the Moors raided the European coasts to abduct the local people into slavery.

Krampus Source: wikipedia.org

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