Krampusnacht 2013

It’s been snowing like crazy here in Bloomington this whole weekend! As a result, we have a beautiful layer of white everywhere, the perfect setting for this year’s Krampusnacht. Time to get in the festive Christmas spirit! And what better way to celebrate winter than with spending a night frolicking with terrifying Krampuses?

Image from Gizmodo

For those who don’t know what Krampuses are, there are “beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.” (thanks, Wikipedia!)

Image from Bloomington Krampus

Bloomington, being the awesome place it is, actually has an organization dedicated to the Krampus legend called the Krampus Legend and Arts Workshop, or KLAW for short. These are the people working all year to make the costumes, set up events, and organize the parade that happens, from the Krampuses to Saint Nicholas, to the white-clad angel ladies who go around passing out Naughty and Nice stickers (as well as candy for anybody!).

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It was pitch-black so it was very difficult to take very good photographs…but the Krampus website has posted an Imgur album on Reddit with a bunch of more professional quality photographs! You all should definitely check it out 🙂

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Here we have a Krampus stalking its young unsuspecting victim…

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Very frightening costumes!

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They even brought their own awesome “Krampus-mobile”!

Apologies for these terrible quality photographs; I had forgotten to charge my camera so I was stuck with using my phone’s potato camera. But be sure to check out their official website! They have MUCH nicer pictures there for you all.

Signing off,
Marie

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