Forget Elf on the Shelf, There’s A New Horror Tradition For 2019

Can you hear the ‘slay’ bells?


As we put away the Halloween decorations (RIP hun) and get ready for a whole new holiday season, it’s time to finally admit Christmas is just around the corner. I can think of nothing better than settling down to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins, and Black Christmas, but just imagine having a creepy Krampus watching over you as you do it.

If you’re anything like me, the tiresome Elf on the Shelf is well overdue a massacre. Thankfully, one company is taking Santa’s little helper and giving it a splash of corn syrup. Adapting the horror of Michael Dougherty’s Krampus, the 2015 movie is coming back in a big way.


Currently available to buy on FYE, Krampus on the Mantle — I don’t know why it isn’t called Krample on the Mantle — is weirdly adorable and will teach your kids to behave between now and December 25.

The Krampus on the Mantle description explains what the demonic presence is doing in our living rooms: “Krampus On The Mantle, he won’t cut you any slack if you are acting naughty he is going to attack. A demonic parody for those who truly deserve it.”

Costing $34.99, Krampus on the Mantle isn’t exactly the cheapest Christmas decoration, but still, he’s cute and chilling in equal measure. When FYE shared news of Krampus on the Mantle on social media, horror fans were quick to jump on the bandwagon.

One Krampus collector wrote, “I have a mighty need! 😍😍😍”. Another gushed, “Planning to get one for my room”, while someone said, “I already got 2 of them!”

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Krampus took the European folklore about a terrifying monster who checks his naughty list and gave it a Hollywood update. The dark horror comedy starred the likes of Adam Scott, Toni Collette, and David Koechner, becoming a cult movie of the horror circuit. While Krampus merchandise is nothing new, Krampus on the Mantle is a suitable substitute for the sickly Elf on the Shelf.

Dougherty is known for his kooky horror comedies and is also remembered as the director of Trick ‘r Treat. While we wait for even a sniff of little Pumpkin Sam, at least Krampus on the Mantle can keep us entertained this Christmas with a few festive frights.

[Featured Image: Elf on the Shelf/FYE]

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