S3, E3: Krampus & Christmas Urban Legends

Updated: Jan 19

The Ghoul Mates review Krampus and talk about Christmas Urban Legends.


Welcome Spooky Ghoulsters to the Halloween Podcast that keeps the spirit of Halloween alive, all year, through pop culture and nostalgia!

The Ghoul Mates continue the Spookmas season by diving into some spooky Christmas Urban Legends, including the most anticipated winter topic: Krampus!

Tombstone Trivia

What famous magician died on Halloween?

Harry Houdini, death was listed as peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix 1926.

What is Eleven's real first name in Stranger Things?


Haunted Housekeeping

  • BREAKING NEWS! The Ghoul Mates’ Familiar joined them for a Patreon only bonus episode. They talk about Christmas favorites, behind the scenes, and a review of the new Hulu holiday movie Happiest Season! You can unlock the episode at patreon.com/theghoulmates

  • Don’t forget to catch part one of the Nightmare Before Christmas Crossover Episode with Ready 2 Retro, because the second part will be The Ghoul Mates first Spookmas party episode releasing on December 25.

  • Reminder to join the Nightmare Before Christmas crossover giveaway. Enter to win at instagram.com/theghoulmates to win Nightmare Before Christmas goodies.

  • Check out the new photos Master took for the Spookmas season on Instagram, including the most magical photo of Edward Scissorhands, Gremlins and the Halloween Nutcrackers!

Keeping the Spook Alive

Building YouTube Set: Rudy has been doing some Winter cleaning to set up a small set to start recording more YouTube videos and networking with others in the spooky community.

The Big Bang Theory Halloween Episode: The Ghoul Mates have been binging The Big Bang Theory, and recently saw the Halloween episode, and talk about the cast’s costumes.

Mandy’s Favorite Things: Mandy has been working on her personal instagram where she is posting 12 days of her favorite things series. The series is a special thank you to small shops and creators out there who put so mch love into the products they make. You can see Mandy’s Favorite things on instagram.com/mandyspooks.

Krampus Krampus was released on December 4, 2015 and was directed by Michael Dougherty. It has a 66% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Summary A torn family gathers for the holidays, but they're so busy fighting that they've lost the holiday spirit. When a boy writes a letter to Santa but gets mad and rips it up, he summons something much worse. Now they must make amends and stay together and fight for their lives. Their faith is at stake. -Stacy Cox


The Ghoul Mates discuss the cast and the different roles they played in different movies and tv shows. They talk about how it reminded them of their other favorite Christmas movies, but with a scary storyline, discuss all the different monsters, and give their theories on what happens at the end!

It’s Frickin Bats!

Rudy: 5/5 Bats

Mandy: 5/5 Bats

Christmas Urban Legends (Special Fables from Our Familiar)

Krampus: The Ghoul Mates go into the origin of Krampus, Krampusnacht (the day he comes to visit), and Krampuslauf (a parade celebrating Krampus).

Belsnickel: Rudy reviews the origin of another Urban Legend, one that brings gifts for children and punishes bad children. He also talks about The Office episode where Dwight takes on the Belsnickel personality.

Gryla: Mandy talks about the Christmas Witch Gryla, explaining her origin and how she takes naughty children back to her home to boil and eat, her mischievous children The Yule Lads, and the cameo these legends make in Netflix’s Chilling Adventure of Sabrina.

Closing Notes:

Head over to Ready to Retro Podcast to keep the fun going to hear Part 1 of Nightmare Before Christmas crossover episode here.

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