1 December 2018
Described in Austrian folklore as a horned, anthropomorphic half-goat half-demon, who haunts the central European mountainous region that supposedly birthed the creature, Krampus comes alive during an annual festival which spreads some good old-fashioned pre-Christmas terror! Nowhere does this devil rampage more frighteningly than the town of Klagenfurt, the capital city of the southern Austrian province of Carinthia, on the eastern shore of Lake Wörthersee. Here the biggest and most rowdy Krampusnacht unfolds every year, brimming with ghastly demons, quite literally everywhere. The highlight of Krampusnacht is essentially an alcohol-fuelled Krampuslauf race, which winds through the pedestrian-friendly city centre, with a thousand alpine-jogging contestants dressed as scary, child-kidnapping, horned and furry devils. So terrifyingly demonic are Krampus costumes, that a constant debate rages throughout the country, involving a number of eminent psychologists and reputable schools, all of whom want the creature completely banned from society because it is so scary to kids!