Finally an answer for those of you who want a Krampus costume, but just can’t bring yourselves to buy or make the mask! There is, in a certain region of Germany, a style of Krampus that does not wear a sculpted mask (actually, it goes by a different regional name, but let’s not quibble). Along with the unusual substitution of fur hoods for maks, they also use atypical bull horns and even deer antlers (vs. the usual goat horns). So, now you have an excuse to dodge the mask. Just don’t scrimp on the horns!
Hello, great post so what DO they call it? If they do not go by the name Krampus, what do they call it then…?????
Those are from the Allgäu region in Germany, which is moving pretty far West from Austria, where “Krampus” is the preferred term (and now the world over.) I’m sure they’d recognize what you meant if you called them “Krampus,” but the homegrown term there is “Klausen.”
“Klausen” or “wild Klausen” (“Klaus” from “Nikolaus.” Yeah, it’s kind of weird.)
Would love more pictures of mask-less Krampus!
Googling “allgäu klausentreiben” brings up lots of information and photos.