Forget that namby pamby Elf on the Shelf stuff -- if you really want to get your kids to behave at Christmas time, tell them about Krampus.
Krampus is a sort of anti-Claus, a horned beast who stuffs bad children in his sack.
He brandishes birch branches, rattles chains and spirits away naughty kids to eat them, drown them or take them on a holiday tour of hell.
Krampus' tongue is forked, his hooves cloven, and we can only imagine that his matted fur smells like the remains of last year's Christmas roast.
From 7 to 9 tonight, Krampus will be terrifying children of all ages at Bazaar, 3534 Chestnut Ave. in Hampden. Enjoy a beverage with the beast, pose for a photo and try to avoid being shoved into his sack.
Afterwards, stop by The Charmery, the ice cream shop around the corner, which will be making a special flavor of ice cream in honor of Krampus.
Mmmm, ice cream inspired by a hairy, horned beast -- sounds delicious!