Austria – Krampus
For hundreds of years, Krampus has been striking fear into the hearts of naughty boys and girls in Austria. According to tradition, St. Nicholas’ evil accomplice, Krampus, who is half goat and half man, whisks away naughty children by stuffing them in his sack. Well-behaved children are rewarded with treats and gifts from St. Nicholas. In the days leading up to St. Nicholas day, young men roam the streets dressed up as Krampus with clattering chains frightening children.