Austria – Krampus
For hundreds of years, the scary Krampus has been terrorizing the naughty boys and girls in Austria. As the legend goes, Krampus, a half-man, half-goat beast who is St. Nicholas’s evil accomplice, steals away naughty children and stuffs them in his sack. Well-behaved children, on the other hand, are rewarded with gifts from St. Nicholas. In the few days leading up to St. Nicholas day, you can see young men dressed up as Krampus roaming the streets with clattering chains frightening children.