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Krampus is here for all of Austin’s Christmas nightmares

Joe Gross

Considering that the White House has decided via some truly fascinating decorating choices that  Christmas is not something you celebrate, but survive, it seems the perfect time for Krampus to make an appearance in Austin, thanks to the pleasingly demented folks at House of Torment.

Ol’ Krampus’ profile has been raised a bit of late in these United States, but he’s still not the most well-known Christmas figure in the West. Dude is a horned, hunched, somewhat demonic goat thing that punishes wicked children at Christmastime, the polar opposite (if you will) of St. Nicholas/Santa Claus. He is best know in what you might call -- somewhat rudely, perhaps --the Dracula regions: Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Slovenia, that general area of Eastern Europe. He can be found on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten because the world is a wonderful place.

Which is why grinches throughout Texas should celebrate “Krampus: A Haunted Christmas,” which returns to Austin for one weekend only.

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Austin’s House of Torment (2632 Ridgepoint Drive, Austin, Texas 78754) has been, in their words: “transformed to tell a twisted tale of terror where Krampus has kidnapped not only the bad, but also the good children at Christmas. Beloved yuletide characters of yesteryear, now macabre and maniacal, will terrorize guests in this distorted holiday nightmare – with all of the gut-wrenching twists, turns and special effects guests have come to expect.”

General admission is $26.99. There is also a Fast Pass option for $36.99, will provide admission for one and reserve entry time within a one-hour time block and a Skip the Line ticket option for $46.99.

“Krampus: A Haunted Christmas” takes place Dec. 8-9 from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at