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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Krampus is Coming to Town


“Every comic book hero worth his salt has an arch enemy. Batman has the Joker, James Bond has Dr. No, Luke Skywalker has Darth Vader , and Santa Claus has Krampus. Wait a minute, Santa has an arch enemy?”

That’s from Rotten.com’s explanation of the Krampus. But Wikipedia tells us that you may have spotted him if you’ve ever played the arcade game CarnEvil, where Krampus is featured as the boss of the Rickety Town level. If not, you should know what to look for, so you’ll recognize him if you see him – which will only be if you’ve been very naughty.


Krampus.com says “he often appears as a traditional red devil with cloven hoof and goatish horns, although he can also be spotted as an old bearded wild-man or a huge hairy beast.” Unlike the image of Santa Claus, Krampus can be depicted in a number of ways. Since the word “krampus” comes from the old German word meaning “claw”, so you could certainly incorporate some some of them into the costume. Accesorize with items like a bag made of fur or hide to carry away the naughty children, rusty chains, or a whip or switches to beat the bad kids. Some stories have him handing out sticks or lumps of coal to the naughty children too.

We’ve got whips, furry mascot costumes, devil and demon masks and accessories and lumps of coal, and we can help make you a custom costume. Then you can join a parade, like the one that took place last year in Austria’s town of Admont!

For more information about Krampus, check out Krampus.com, Monstropedia.org, Xmas with Krampus.com (you can buy a doll!) or Supernatural Wiki.com. And you’d better be good, for goodness sake!


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