Every year, Europeans from countries like Austria and Switzerland come out around Christmas time to celebrate Krampus—a demon-like character from folklore that steals naughty children. He’s kind of like the anti-Santa Claus…and he’s terrifying.
Not surprisingly, this tradition is starting to take hold in the US among people who have grown weary of the saccharin sweetness of the holiday season.
Check out a video of a Krampus parade after the break.
(via NPR/Image via Johannes Simon – Getty)