The Top 10 Things You Should do at Milwaukee Krampusnacht

Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2019 is coming up soon! There’s so many cool things to do this year, we thought we’d guide you through some os it with this handy list.

Milwaukee Krampusnacht is Thursday, December 5 from 4-10pm at the Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W. Lexington Blvd, Glendale). Tickets are $5 and available here: https://milwaukeekrampusnacht2019.brownpapertickets.com

(1) Volunteer! Our awesome volunteers are the ones who make this event fun for everyone. Most volunteer shifts are only an hour or hour and half, so you won’t miss much. Plus you get free admission for yourself and a guest. You just need to fill out this form: CLICK HERE

(2) Make a costume. The American Science & Surplus Krampus Parade happens at 8pm. We welcome Krampus and other holiday folklore characters. Last year we were ecstatic to see many people wore Krampus or holiday inspired clothing/horns/costumes. Not mandatory, but definitely encouraged! If you want to join in the parade, registration is open until Dec.1 here: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/2019/10/07/milwaukee-krampus-parade-2019-registration

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Parade participants last year. Photo by Marshall Lee.

(3) Drink a Bells & Chains. How cool is this? Bavarian Bierhaus has a special brew for this event. It was a huge hit last year. Bells & Chains is St. Nikolausbockbier aged with light roasted oak and Bourbon (20 IBU, 9.3% ABV). And what better place to drink it than…

(4)…the new Bells & Chains Tavern! This outdoor pavilion bar is on the parade route and open 7-10pm. They’d have Bells & Chains, coffee and hot cocoa drinks, and Glühwein, a traditional warm mulled wine served traditionally in Germany around Christmastime. We’ll also have some games for you to play like bean bag toss aka Krampholio.

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(5) Get your holiday photo at the Krampus Photo Booth. Get your picture taken at this station with members of Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit, a group of costumed performers that participate in this and other events. This year we’ll have a volunteer snap photos for you on your phone. New profile pic!

(6) Get your holiday shopping done. We are very proud of our awesome vendor line-up this year for the Krampus Holiday Market, a good mix of people who were vendors at our first two events as well as new vendors. There’s a great mix of different crafts– original art, ceramics, jewelry, books, candles, ornaments, Krampuskarten, and much more. You can see the vendor line-up on this page: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

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(7) Dance and do a sing-a-long with our music line-up. Here is our fantastic music line-up in the Beer Hall:

5pm: The Foragers

6pm: The Squeezettes

7pm: The Courtesan & The Cabin Boy (kicking off with a sing-a-long of the “Nights of Krampus.”)

(8pm: American Science & Surplus Krampus Parade followed by outdoor performances on the Brimstone Stage.)

9pm: Xposed 4heads (who have a new Krampus song!)

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Xposed 4heads last year. Photo by Joe Dean.

(8) Send your offspring to the Kid’s Krampus Hour. We have 10 tickets left for the Kid’s Hour, which includes a craft project, candy bag, entertainment, and KinderKrampus Parade. Parents can sit in or go check out the music and vendors. Tickets here: https://milwaukeekrampusnacht2019.brownpapertickets.com

(9) Bring a gift for the white elephant exchange. Bring a creepy cool gift (we suggest $5-$10 value, but the best gifts are priceless), wrap it up and bring it to the Beer Hall. You’ll see a table near the music stage. A volunteer will give you a ticket as proof that you dropped a gift off. At 9pm people can come through and pick up their mystery gift.

(10) Bring a donation for Toys for Tots. We are proud to do a drive again this year for Toys for Tots. Bring new, unwrapped toys. We’ll have donation bins right when you enter. We’ll also be raffling some gift baskets with monies raised being donated to Toys for Tots. Find out more about the organization here: https://www.toysfortots.org/

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Photo by Marshall Lee.

How to get to Milwaukee Krampusnacht:

Chicago Hauntings has a tour bus rolling from American Science & Surplus in Chicago to the event. Your bus ride includes spooky stories, music, and treats like Bavarian pretzels! More info and tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/milwaukee-krampusnacht-party-bus-from-chicago-tickets-80614128027

Ride to Krampusnacht: This bike ride rolls from Colectivo Coffee on Humboldt in Riverwest and rolls to the event. Ride info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/436770540289277/

Public transport: The number 15 bus drops off close to the Bavarian Bierhaus.

Where to stay: The Cream City Hostel has a discount code of “Krampus.” Get more info and see some fun photos from a Krampus visit to the hostel here: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/2019/11/04/kick-up-your-hooves-at-the-cream-city-hostel/

A safety note: The Bavarian Bierhaus has informed us that vehicles left in their lot overnight will not be ticketed or towed. Don’t drink and drive.

Hashtag: #MKEKrampusnacht2019

 

NEW! Check out the Bells & Chains Tavern (and fire show!)

The American Science & Surplus Krampus Parade is an event highlight, and we’ve expanded our outdoor entertainment!

After the parade, gather near a bonfire and enjoy post-parade performances from drum and bugle corps Spielmanszug Milwaukee, a performance of the Witch’s Dance, and fire dancers! We’re calling this performance area the Brimstone Stage.

While waiting for the parade (or after), we have a great new option for you this year– The Bells & Chains Tavern. The bar is located in a pavilion in the beer garden near where the bonfire will be. Walk through the beer garden gates and keep walking, listen for a ringing bell– you won’t miss it.

The Bells & Chains Tavern will be open for business 7-10pm. They’ll be serving the namesake Bells & Chains, a “St. Nikolausbockbier aged with light roasted oak and Bourbon (20 IBU, 9.3% ABV) Specially made for Krampus celebration!” As well some hot drinks like coffee or hot cocoa (served with Bailey’s or Kahlua) and Glühwein, a traditional warm mulled wine served traditionally in Germany around Christmastime.

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We’ll also have a couple games in the tavern set up– play a game of bean bag toss, or as we like to call it, Krampholio, as well as other fun games.

Event tickets can be found here: https://milwaukeekrampusnacht2019.brownpapertickets.com

See more of the event line-up here: milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

Help us out by being an event volunteer! Here’s the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-fUBq9uPctzizCUNu7weOoqSGmyrzDPU6XOx0xRsa6RbQww/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2quYUAyWPDlMdbVg-Yc5h6eV7wVNuLl7XQp3L2eFUiSctVEtHBVyWd9gI

Tis the Season for Milwaukee Krampusnacht Merch

Photographer: Troy Freund Photography
Models: Ery Ott, Danesh Kothari
Shirt design: Stinky Goblin Emporium
Screenprinter: Stay Rad Screenprinting
Venue: The Bavarian Bierhaus, home of Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2019

Merch pre-order link: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con
Event tickets: https://milwaukeekrampusnacht2019.brownpapertickets.com/

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Hooded sweatshirts come in pullover or zip-up variations and are available by pre-order only: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

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Mask by Stinky Goblin Emporium (they’ll be on the vendor floor!)

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These fantastic t-shirts glow-in-the-dark and are just $15. They are available by pre-order or by very limited supply at the event. Pre-order is the only way to guarantee you’ll get your mitts on one! Pre-order link: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

After you pre-order, you’ll be able to pick up your shirts/ hoodies at the official merch table at Milwaukee Krampusnacht (we can also ship, e-mail milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com for details) Please note that buying shirts do not include event admission. Event tickets can be found here: milwaukeekrampusnacht2019.brownpapertickets.com

We will also have buttons, stickers, and posters at the event!

 

Kick up Your Hooves at the Cream City Hostel

Photos by Peter DiAntoni

Hey bud! Tired after a long day of chasing screaming children? Those chains dragging you down? Well, we got a great place for you to kick up those hooves at the end of the day, right here at the Cream City Hostel. We’ve got affordable bunks for you to crash in after Krampusnacht whether you’re a Krampus or just someone enjoying the party. It’s a great option if you’re visiting town and want to head out Friday morning (or later in the weekend) instead of late Thursday night.

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Accommodations range from private rooms to 12-bunk dorms– plenty of room for your entire Krampus pack.

We’re offering a 10% discount if you use the code Krampus on check out. This discount code is good for December 4th-8th in case you’re making Krampusnacht a mini-vacation. You can book here: creamcityhostel.com

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Check-in starts at 3pm, plenty of time to get settled before heading over to Bavarian Bierhaus.

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Our shared kitchen is a great place to get together to make a cauldron of eye of newt and spider soup…

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…or just have a bowl of cereal.

Here’s some things Krampusnacht attendees will like:

-Locker space for each person in each room (and the staff is able to store larger items for you).

-Comfortable beds, each with their own light and outlet.

-We’re close to the Bavarian Bierhaus, about 4 miles/ 10 minute drive. If you don’t want to drive, join the bicycle Ride to Krampusnacht (CLICK HERE)– the hostel rents bikes on site. The number 15 bus goes from the hostel to the Bierhaus.

-Knowledgable staff of Krampus fans can direct you on places close by to get something to eat and other needs.

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Hostel guests get free coffee or tea in the morning, just be careful not to burn your tongue!

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Our facilities are so clean, you’d swear an angel stopped by.

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Our cozy lounge is a great place to relax and socialize.

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We got all sorts of reindeer games in the lounge.

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Wanna be roommates?

Milwaukee Krampusnacht info and tickets can be found here: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendors of the Week: 04

One of the wonderful things you’ll find at Milwaukee Krampusnacht is our Krampus Holiday Market vendor floor in the Bavarian Bierhaus’s beautiful Koning Gambrinus Room (it even has a cozy fireplace!) We’ve carefully curated a mix of vendors that will be selling original art, jewelry, candles, ornaments, cards, books, clothing, knick-knacks, and much more. It’s the perfect place to find holiday gifts for all the lovable weirdos in your life!

Between now and Krampusnacht, we’ll be taking time to meet a few of these vendors every Friday– see our first round of vendors (Carve Between the Lines, ArtisticallyAnna, Grave Digger Candles) by CLICKING HERE. Round two included American Science & Surplus, Stone Troll Studios, and Strange Little Lands (CLICK HERE) and round three was Mystic Moon Media, Gebhardt Trading Company, and Memento Moira (CLICK HERE).

Today we’re taking a look at two new vendors this year, Madame Cora’s Explorium and Archimedes Azure Creations, both great additions to the vendor floor. Also returning for his third year is illustrator David Beyer of Beyer Beware productions. He also designed our “Krampington” and “Alps” shirts, available for pre-order and at the event. Check ’em out here: https://milwaukeeparacon.com/online-store/

GET YOUR KRAMPUSNACHT TICKETS HERE: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

Archimedes Azure Creations

Archimedes Azure Creations is the creative outlet of Jennifer Dunigan, with the logistical and design power of her husband Ryan Day. Jenn has been making and designing jewelry, accessories and ornaments for over 8 years, and last year became apprentice to Brazin’ Lady Torchworks, from the Bristol Renaissance Faire, which has expanded Jenn’s jewelry horizons exponentially. Jenn specializes in steampunk, fantasy, and geeky designs.

Links: Facebook.com/ArchimedesAzureCreations

Etsy.com/shop/ArchimedesAzure

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Beyer Beware Productions

I’ll have art prints, sketch cards, and stickers for sale. If anyone is interested in getting original art, I am taking commissions for a limited time beforehand. Just message me at:  davidbeyerjr@gmail.com

Website: www.davidbeyerjr.com

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Madame Cora’s Emporium

Madam Cora’s Emporium, your place for Curiosities, Oddities, Relics, Antiques/Art, and Supplies.

www.madamcorasemporium.com also on facebook, and etsy.

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And while at the event, be sure to try a Bells & Chains, the Bavarian Bierhaus’s special Krampusnacht brew. It’s a whiskey barrel aged dopplebock and was a huge hit last year!

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Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendors of the Week: 03

One of the wonderful things you’ll find at Milwaukee Krampusnacht is our Krampus Holiday Market vendor floor in the Bavarian Bierhaus’s beautiful Koning Gambrinus Room (it even has a cozy fireplace!) We’ve carefully curated a mix of vendors that will be selling original art, jewelry, candles, ornaments, cards, books, clothing, knick-knacks, and much more. It’s the perfect place to find holiday gifts for all the lovable weirdos in your life!

Between now and Krampusnacht, we’ll be taking time to meet a few of these vendors every Friday– see our first round of vendors (Carve Between the Lines, ArtisticallyAnna, Grave Digger Candles) by CLICKING HERE. Round two included American Science & Surplus, Stone Troll Studios, and Strange Little Lands (CLICK HERE)

Today we catch up with two new vendors– the gorgeous art of Mystic Moon Media, and Gerbhardt Trading Company, who imports glass ornaments from Germany, and a returning favorite, Memento Moira, who makes very cool, unique clothing items, accessories, jewelry, and other treasures.

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A full list of vendors, entertainment and a ticket sales link can be found here: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

Mystic Moon Media

For those who personally know Cherie Gerhardt, it came as no surprise when she chose to become a professional artist right out of high school. Her lifelong love affair with art led her to master skills in tattooing, graphic design, ink drawings, watercolors,and acrylic painting. However, when she began dabbling with computer drawing programs, she discovered her true passion was for digital artistry. Cherie Gerhardt’s art pieces are heavily influenced by her interest in mythical creatures and pagan lore. She also loves creating one of a kind items such as her handmade book of shadows.

Website: https://www.mysticmoonmedia.com/

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Gebhardt Trading Company

Gebhardt Trading Company is a husband and wife team who import handmade glass ornaments from Germany. We are both full-time architects and run this business purely on a seasonal basis at local events. The ornaments are all blown glass, decorated entirely by hand by artisans and then sent directly to us. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do, and are so excited to be a part of Milwaukee Krampusnacht this year! Studies show kids may behave better once you’ve got one of our Krampus ornaments on the tree*!
*not a real study but it can’t hurt!
Find us on Facebook and Instagram at Gebhardt Trading Company, and shop online at mkt.com/ornaments

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Memento Moira

Memento Moira uses antique ephemera to design exclusive fabric designs for dresses, bowling shirts (both in sizes to 4X) and messenger bags. Additionally, they’ll be shilling sundry Krampus-y treasures, mourning-inspired jewelry, and other frippery. Peek at Memento_Moira on Instagram or MementoMoira on Facebook to see more.

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Milwaukee Krampusnacht Vendors of the Week: 02

One of the wonderful things you’ll find at Milwaukee Krampusnacht is our Krampus Holiday Market vendor floor in the Bavarian Bierhaus’s beautiful Koning Gambrinus Room (it even has a cozy fireplace!) We’ve carefully curated a mix of vendors that will be selling original art, jewelry, candles, ornaments, cards, books, clothing, knick-knacks, and much more. It’s the perfect place to find holiday gifts for all the lovable weirdos in your life!

Between now and Krampusnacht, we’ll be taking time to meet a few of these vendors every Friday– see our first round of vendors (Carve Between the Lines, ArtisticallyAnna, Grave Digger Candles) by CLICKING HERE.

Today we catch up with our parade sponsor American Science & Surplus (our favorite store!), who will have a table full of great gift items, as well as Stone Troll Studios (an incredibly talented sculptor), and new this year– Strange Little Lands, who makes amazing dioramas of famous paranormal scenes!

KRAMPUSNACHT tickets: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

American Science & Surplus

American Science & Surplus continues to offer a unique mix of industrial, military and educational items, with an emphasis on science and education. We supply a wide range of unusual and hard to find items (some say bizarre stuff) to the hobbiest, tinkerer, artist, experimenter, home educator, do-it-yourselfer, and bargain hunter.

Website: https://www.sciplus.com/

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Stone Troll Studios

Creating unique decor in clay for sales and special events.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stone-Troll-Studios-281746748647844/

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Strange Little Lands

Koko is the owner and artist behind Strange Little Lands. She makes dioramas (miniature worlds) based around high strangeness. Every Strange Little Land is handmade. From Bigfoot to Mothman to UFO abductions to Flatwoods Monster to witch hangings to Frogman and more…if it’s strange, it’s fair game!

https://www.facebook.com/strangelittlelands/

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Milwaukee Krampusnacht: Toys for Tots Drive and Raffle and White Elephant gift exchange

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We are happy to support the Marine Toys for Tots Program again this year at Milwaukee Krampusnacht with a toy drive.

From their website: “The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.”

You’ll find donation boxes in the lobby of the Bavarian Bierhaus, right where you check in with tickets. Please bring donations of new, unwrapped gifts. Additional program information and donation links can be found on the Toys for Tots website: toysfortots.org

In addition, we will be raffling off three gift baskets of cool, unique items from our vendors, sponsors, and friends (if you have something to contribute, e-mail milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com). Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at the lobby ticket check in area or from our roving raffle ticket seller. All money will be donated to Toys for Tots. Raffle winners will be drawn at 9pm at the Beer Hall stage.

White Elephant gift exchange

We’re glad to bring this Krampusnacht tradition back. Last year we had over a hundred people participate in our white elephant gift exchange. Here’s how it works– find a frightening fantastic gift (we say $5-$15 range, though most good gifts tend to be priceless). Wrap it up and when you arrive at the event, go into the Beer Hall. You’ll see a table near the stage, drop it off there and a volunteer will give you a ticket for a gift (proof that you dropped something off). At 9pm return to the table, hand a volunteer your ticket and pick out a gift! You never know what you might get. Be sure to snap a photo and share your gift on social media.

Milwaukee Krampusnacht event info and ticket link here: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

 

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One of the wonderful things you’ll find at Milwaukee Krampusnacht is our Krampus Holiday Market vendor floor in the Bavarian Bierhaus’s beautiful Koning Gambrinus Room (it even has a cozy fireplace!) We’ve carefully curated a mix of vendors that will be selling original art, jewelry, candles, ornaments, cards, books, clothing, knick-knacks, and much more. It’s the perfect place to find holiday gifts for all the lovable weirdos in your life!

Between now and Krampusnacht, we’ll be taking time to meet a few of these vendors every Friday. Today we’re going to take a look at returning vendors Carve Between the Lines and Grave Digger Candles as well as ArtisticallyAnna, joining us for the first time.

More event info and tickets can be found here: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus

Carve Between the Lines

This year Natalie at Carve Between the Lines will be presenting her woodcuts large and small alongside her metal and glass engravings. She specializes in hand-printed krampuskarten that come with their own special envelopes. Her current body of work is influenced by old stories told by winter firelight- of men, beasts, spirits, and hunters beneath the frozen moon…

Website: carvebetweenthelines.com

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ArtisticallyAnna

Self-taught artist from northern Illinois with an interest in all things natural and supernatural. Find original acrylic paintings, graphite illustrations, crystal crowns, driftwood wall art, along with lots of other goodies.

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/artisticallyanna

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Grave Digger Candles

Looking for creepy candles to illuminate your crypt this Halloween & Christmas season? Our pure, all-natural beeswax spine candles, coffin candles, taper candle & so much more are all ready for you to dig up. All spine candles are cast from real bones, these beeswax abominations are perfectly deviant additions to your Halloween party, Christmas party, oddities collection, or cabinet of curiosities. Every warm, flickering glow will keep the shadows at bay with Grave Digger Candles.

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Milwaukee Krampusnacht 2019 t-shirts and sweatshirts are available for pre-order now: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

 

Milwaukee Krampus Parade 2019 Registration

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The most exciting moment of Milwaukee Krampusnacht (December 5, at the Bavarian Bierhouse. Find more info and tickets at: www.milwaukeeparacon.com/krampus) is the American Science & Surplus Milwaukee Krampus Parade! Every year out parade has featured a wonderful collection of characters, including Krampus, angels, Saint Nick, and other folklore characters like the Welsh Mari Lwyd, the Italian Befana (and other witches!). We encourage other traditions to participate. There are Gryla and the Yule Lads of Icelandic tradition, the Kallikantzaros from Greece, and others.

This year our parade will start at 8pm and ends with a performance by Spielmannszug Milwaukee— this drum and bugle corps has been around since 1957! There will also be a performance of the “Witch’s Dance” and other entertainment.

Our parade is open to all who want to participate. You do not need to be part of a group, and you do not need to be German or Austrian to be Krampus. Our costumes range from crafty homemade ones to store-bought ones to hand-carved masks from Austria. If you have a costume, you are welcome here.

Here’s a couple of good resources for you: Al Ridenour’s book The Krampus And The Old, Dark Christmas Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil is highly recommended and filled with beautiful photos of Krampus and other similar traditions.

Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit is a local group that meets regularly to discuss costuming and other aspects of Krampus life. Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Milwaukee.Krampus.Eigenheit/

To provide an accurate headcount and as a security measure, we do require that all parade participants fill out the form below by December 1. This year parade participants will be checking in with a volunteer in the parade green room.  When registration has closed, all parade participants will be e-mailed info on the parade.