As our favorite Hallow-day has passed, we look forward to cold nights and warm drinks. We also approach the season for Santa’s elves. But as the nights of egg nog and fir trees dance before us, so does the the night of Krampus creep up.
We are often asked what products of ours to use for Krampus, so I will show you the costume I built.
I used our Dark Lord mask, cast in a light flesh tone. I painted the horns black and yellow ochre, and attached Crepe hair and fake sideburns along the edge to blend in with my beard. My faun pants made perfect Krampus legs, while my shirt and vest that I often wear to Renaissance festivals made for good garb. I picked up a cheap Santa hat, lightly dusted it with black and yellow spray paint, then soaked it in water to make it matte up.
The cloak is just a piece of faux fut cut to look lie an animal pelt.
And of course, some black nail polish and a whip.
Here are some close ups of the mask:
Below we have a link to our full costume, but if you want to put your own together, we have a wide range of products that can help.
The Full Costume available for purchase:
Who is Krampus?
In Central European folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Krampus is one of the companions of Saint Nicholas in several regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Northern Italy including South Tyrol, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated it as having pre-Christian origins.
In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men dressed as Krampus participate; such events occur annually in most Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.