It remains a mystery to us how DJ 10-foot Tall Krampus was able to break into the Tea’s Weird Week podcast studios to record this “Radio Krampus” special, but we got to admit that hell’s bells, it’s pretty bangin’ so enjoy!
- “Dance with the Krampus,” Xposed 4heads
- “Krampusnacht!” Darkzine
- “Krampusnacht is Here,” The Courtesan & the Cabin Boy
- “I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth,” H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
- “The Krampus Song,” The Chardon Polka Band
- “American Monsters,” Sunspot
- “Krampus Redux,” Actually
- “Carol of the Bells,” ShadowFire
- “Monster Mash,” Bobby “Boris” Picket and the Crypt-Kickers
- “Day of the Ratbatspider,” Ratbatspider
- “Krampus,” Punk Freud
- “Whipping Bells,” Manuela Horn
- “Krampus is Coming…Hide ya Kids, Part 3,” Android138
- “Ra ra ra,” Zombie Carol Choir
- “Krampus is Coming,” Joe Hart
- “The Ballad of Mari Lwyd,” Frosty
- “War on Christmas,” DJ 10-foot Tall Krampus
- “Krampus Christmas,” Actually
- “A Krampus Carol,” Madame Onça & Paolo Garbanzo
- “Fan the Flame,” The Quilz
- “Twelve Nights of Krampus,” The Courtesan & the Cabin Boy
Milwaukee Krampusnacht donations: www.gofundme.com/f/milwaukee-krampusnacht-2021-costs
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What a night! Yesterday was the third annual Milwaukee Krampusnacht. I’m the director of the event, but many people worked hard to make it a success. Volunteers, the Bavarian Bierhaus staff, vendors, musicians, Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit, and all the parade performers worked together to make this fun holiday celebration come to life.
I was first introduced to Krampus in the pages of a book by Monte Beauchamp (editor of the great BLAB! magazine). I thought it was right up my alley. I began to see pictures and video from Krampusnacht celebrations around the country. Bloomington, Indiana has one, New Orleans has one…but not Milwaukee?! I invited Minnesota Krampus to the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference in 2016, and they drew a lot of interest. I met Krampus enthusiast Robert Schonecker and we agreed the Milwaukee needed to experience a Krampus horde in action.
We had no idea it would have such a huge interest. In 3 years we’ve nearly quadrupled in size. Krampus is a hit! Why? I think people like being part of, or witness, this tradition. I know I’ve loved monsters since I was a kid. I also think Krampus is the antidote for all the holiday stress and pressure bullshit and the sugary Hallmark stuff.
As I said, big interest. This year we took a first step expanding into the beer garden with the Bells & Chains Tavern as well as a bonfire performance. We had great music inside, a sold out Kid’s Krampus Hour (and KinderKrampus parade) and a fantastic vendor floor.
I’ve seen a couple of complaints from people about something that ruined the experience for them– they couldn’t find parking, they didn’t get snappy food service, not enough elbow room. I’m open to constructive criticism, but when you work really hard on something (I can’t even guess how many hours I’ve worked on the event) and someone just walks by and lifts their leg and pees on it, it’s a sour feeling.
Now that I vented that out, I’m glad to say that these complainers will have nothing to jaw about next year (well, they will always find something, I suppose). We are expanding into Heidelberg Hall in the beer garden, which will be serving food and drink. With both the Bierhaus and the Beer Garden open (and entertainment in both locations), we will have plenty of room to circulate people. There is another parking lot at the far end of one of the soccer fields we expand into, too.
I’m choosing to focus on the positive– the majority of attendees were very happy with the event and had a good time. I saw hundreds of people dancing, laughing, catching selfies with Krampus, walking out with beautiful, unique items from the vendor floor, and enjoying a delicious Bells & Chains beer.
Cheers to all of you, for making December 5 my favorite day of the year!
Here’s a few event photos from TMJ 4: https://www.tmj4.com/homepage-gallery/the-wonderfully-strange-and-creepy-celebration-of-krampusnacht-milwaukee-photos
We will have an album of photos uploaded soon on the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Facebook: www.facebook.com/milwaukeeparanormalconference