Elizabeth Zibilich can’t help herself. While most folks understandably have been held in the sway of St. Nicholas and the whole “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake” side of Christmas, the devilish costume designer and spooky ghost tour guide long has been favored the darker impulses of the alter-ego Krampus.
This is the horned little fella who’s a little tougher on naughty children during the holiday season than St. Nick — we’re talking scary-tough. And so, in the tradition of Mardi Gras and Halloween, Zibilich will return her Krampus Gras party for the third year and at third location: Saturday (Dec. 5) at 10 p.m. at the Voodoo Lounge on Rampart Street.
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“Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against the cheer that the Christmas Season brings along with the glee children get out of Santa,” Zibilich said. “I loved it as a child myself. Krampus, however, is a lesson or a warning about being good. Good little boys and girls aren’t taken away by the Krampus. They are left oranges in their shoes by St. Nicholas, according to the lore. Kids now have the elf on the shelf which “is always watching you” and in my opinion is almost more terrifying than Krampus.
“Though as adults we all have a naughty kid side to us, and this party is a way to break loose from their everyday nice kid side.”
In previous years the party’s included live music, but this year, as Zibilich has had to focus on recovering from an accident suffered earlier in 2015, is slightly scaled back. Instead of a band there will be DJ Andy Average spinning punk, lounge and rhythm and blues music. Also, the party will feature a fun little tune-up: Around 8 p.m. a fire engine ride on the Gator 1 Premier Party Fire Engine, with as many as 25 people taking a two-hour ride through the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny and Bywater. (That ride, however, already has sold out.) Also: Holly’s Tamales food truck is expected to park and provide the food.
“We will make a few stops, but keep your eyes peeled for Krampus and naughty children,” Zibilich, before adding, “We also have a spanking area planned for naughty boys and girls and a few odd surprises thrown in.”
It’s also a great opportunity for a costume party; guests are encouraged to dress up either as Krampus or as a naughty child — which, as with all things downtown, can get a little weird.
“As a costume designer I am ecstatic to see what people come up with,” Zibilich said. “Some people don’t come in either Krampus or a naughty-child costume, but they’ll be there in their festive Christmas garb, which can get incredibly creative as well.”
This year’s Krampus Gras is particularly well times: The movie “Krampus” opens nationally on Friday (Dec. 4). The movie is directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner.
Admission is $10 general, $5 with a costume. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. Check out the Facebook event page for more details.