A Christmas Horror Story: Krampus – Jack Frost’s Revenge! – ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE DARKNESS IN ST. LOUIS!

Krampus is coming to The Darkness – America’s scariest haunted house – for one night only, December 11, 2021 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The horrifying event is limited to the first 1,500 tickets sold. Timed tickets are available online at: https://scarefest.fearticket.com/event/orderticket/eventid/740

Guests can scare up holiday pictures with Krampus, enjoy free Christmas candy and walk through the Darkness which has been reimagined as a creepy Christmas nightmare. 

Next door to The Darkness, St Louis Escape offers six elaborately themed escape rooms and a 1980’s-themed blacklight mini golf course. Make a frightful night of it by visiting Krampus at the Darkness and adding an escape room and golf outing. Escape Room adventures can be booked now at www.StLouisEscape.com

WHAT: A Christmas Horror Story: Krampus – Jack Frost’s Revenge
WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2021
HOURS: 7 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: The Darkness is located next to Soulard Market at 1525 S. 8th St., St. Louis, MO 63104.
WHAT: What is Krampus? In Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned beast who helps St. Nicholas by scaring children who have been bad during the year. More details are available at www.Scarefest.com

See the Krampus 2021 video here: 

Be The Best Dad Before The Baby Is Born

Have you recently found out that your partner is expecting? You might think that your role as a dad only begins after the baby is born. But this isn’t the case and there are steps that you can take from day one. Here are the suggestions that we recommend. 

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Supply The Cravings

First, you do need to be aware that your partner is going to be hit by a range of different food cravings during the pregnancy. You need to be able to satisfy these cravings without asking too many questions. If your partner asks for a certain type of food then it’s important to make sure that you go out and get it. Don’t forget that foods that they used to love probably now make them nauseous. So, it does make sense to ensure that they are getting the things that they now love. 

Give Her Plenty Of Space

Sometimes a pregnant mother will need a little more space than usual. One example of this will be when they’re lying in bed. A pregnancy can make it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position so they might need more space in bed than usual. You might also want to think about getting them a large full body pillow from a supplier like Foryourlittleone. A company like this has some great options that will provide your partner with the relief and support that they are looking for when trying to get a good night sleep. 

Navigate The Mood Swings Like A Pro 

Mood swings are real and do happen throughout a pregnancy. Don’t forget that during a pregnancy hormones are going haywire. So, it’s common for someone to switch between happy and sad in a matter of seconds. They can be laughing one minute and burst into tears the next. You need to be understanding and supportive of changes like this. It’s important that you never insinuate that your partner is being overly emotional because the reality is that they aren’t in control of their emotions at all. This can be even more frustrating for them than it is for you and they’ll be grateful for your care and understanding here.

Attend Every Appointment

Finally, it’s possible that you do have a busy schedule and this is understandable. You could be juggling several work and personal commitments. However, you still need to make sure that you manage your time effectively enough so that you can go to some of the main appointments or ideally all of them. This is the best way to show your partner that you do care and that you are ready to be there for them as well as your newborn baby. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key steps that you can take to ensure that you are a fantastic dad long before your baby enters the world. If you take these steps, you can make sure that you are supporting your partner every step of the way to ensure that their pregnancy is far easier overall. 

3 Awesome Indulgences For Any ‘Dad Space’

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It’s true to say that while Dads aren’t all the same, many of us wouldn’t mind coming together to enjoy some of the same indulgences and hobbies. For instance, talking about classic cars, classic rock, tech, steaks, cigars, well, it all comes with the territory. This isn’t to say everyone enjoys that kind of thing, of course, but with the right introduction and welcoming tone, anyone can bond together over these things, and there’s nothing quite as fun and indulgent as a nerdy Dad who feels room to talk about his interests.

It might be that you wish to get together with your friends more often, or now that your children have flown the nest, make sure that the spare rooms in your property are put to good use. A good investment of your time and energy, then, could involve crafting a Dad space in which you can care for your hobbies without spreading them over the entire house.

In this post, we’ll discuss a few additions, indulgences, and investments you may wish to make in order to get the best out of this space, as well as what value this could add to your life:

Comfort As Necessary

You can’t be blamed for wanting to put your feet up. Having a set of recliners, armchairs with footrests, or just a beautiful and large L-shaped sofa with handy coffee table nearby can provide you that comfort you need, be that to relax in a media room or listen to vinyls without stress. Place a few additions into this room such as an air filter, a cigar humidor humidifier, glass mats, and a classy minifridge you can use for access to great snacks, and you have a worthwhile space going for you.

A Gaming Space

If you enjoy gaming, it can be nice to set up a space you use to relax, enjoy a story, make strategic decisions, or connect with your old gaming pals that have since grown up and started families of their own. A cool front-facing storage unit you can use to place a range of awesome retro collectable consoles in, a place you can store game cartridges, or even space for a restored pinball machine can work wonders, too. Even taking measures like soundproofing the room can prevent your excitement from disturbing anyone else at this time, too.

An Inlaid Bar

A beautiful inlaid bar can be a very nice indulgence, even if you don’t drink that much and just wish to stock your shelf with amazing whiskeys that  you taste ever so often as a beautiful indulgence, and something to share with adult members of your family. A bar can provide a comforting place to hang out, to experiment with drinks, to listen to music after a tiring day, and more. It can also be a beautiful fixture in an empty room and considerably raise the value of this space.

With this advice, you’re sure to craft the best indulgences that any Dad would be jealous of you for having.

The Polar Express Train Ride is BACK!!!

The season for holiday cheer is here and I am very excited to announce that The Polar Express is back and this year they have train rides again!

Last year due to the global pandemic, The Polar Express changed how they operated and switched to a walk-through of sorts. It was pretty cool, but the train ride is what kids missed the most. This year they were able to bring it back! Along with the awesome winter wonderland walk-through you get to ride the rails and experience The Polar Express like it is meant to be experienced.

Tickets are now on sale today for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station at www.stlpolarexpressride.com.

After a year as a stationary walk-through experience during COVID-19 restrictions, the real train rides are rolling to the North Pole again at the popular holiday attraction for 2021. Tickets are on sale now.

The magical story of a boy’s search for the meaning of Christmas begins at St. Louis Union Station on November 19 and continues through December 30, 2021.

Coach tickets for this St. Louis holiday tradition begin at $35 and may be purchased online at www.stlpolarexpressride.com. First Class and Premium tickets also are available. Prices vary by day and time.

Passengers can also book holiday rides on the St. Louis Wheel and an adventure at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station where Scuba Claus will dive in Shark Canyon on selected dates.

Trains will depart St. Louis Union Station at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. every night during the season. Trains also run at 8:30 p.m. on selected dates.

The adventure comes to life when the real train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented characters. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa.

Once on board, the Conductor will work his way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas.

During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film. Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Just like the kids in the book, families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride! This immersive family-oriented experience has hosted over 1.4 million riders at 54 locations in the US, Canada, and the UK in 2019 when the read trains last rolled.

Passengers also can enhance the magic by staying overnight at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in a special holiday suite complete with a decorated Christmas Tree. Get hotel information and train tickets at: www.STLpolarexpressride.com.


In 2021, all of St. Louis Union Station’s holiday events are gathered under the name Joy at Union Station.

Inside the massive Joy at Union Station tent on the Purina Performance Plaza, guests will find the Jolly Old Elf himself ready for family pictures with Santa, steaming hot chocolate and snacks, holiday carnival games and a variety of other activities including holiday crafts for children. In addition to posing with families, Santa will be available for Puppy Pics on Friday, November 19 from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 20 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 21 from 2 to 7 p.m.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will welcome Scuba Claus to Shark Canyon on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m. Guests can talk with Santa as he and his elf dive with sharks, rays and the other fish in the 250,000 gallon habitat. The diving Santa experience is free with Aquarium admission Friday, November 26, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m November 27 through December 19 and again on Christmas Eve, December 24.

Soda Fountain at Union Station, the retro diner restaurant at Union Station, has introduced a new holiday Freak Shake for 2021. “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out,” starts with an Ovaltine chocolate malt shake, served in a Leg Lamp-inspired glass. The shake is topped with a La Bonne Bouche Ralphie Bunny sugar cookie, a Kit Kat Oh Fudge bar and a candy cane. Whipped cream, a cherry and a sprinkle of Ovaltine dust complete the treat.

The St. Louis Wheel at Union Station will be lighted in holiday colors throughout the season. The 200-foot-tall observation Wheel’s 42 gondolas are kept at a comfortable 72 degrees year round. Union Station’s outdoor Fire & Light shows on the lake will be set to popular Christmas carols. Shows take place on the hour. Union Station’s carousel, mini-golf course, ropes course and mirror maze add to the fun.

Guests can meet Mr. Claus and enjoy a delicious Santa face pancake breakfast during the popular Pancakes With Santa annual event in the beautifully decorated Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station, Saturdays and Sundays in November and December. The 3-D holiday light show will play on the Grand Hall ceiling during breakfast. Seatings are available at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

A family entertainment destination today, St. Louis Union Station first opened in 1894 and was the biggest and busiest train terminal in the country with 22 railroads moving passengers across the nation. The St. Louis Union Station Hotel has been called one of the world’s top railroad-themed hotels.

St. Louis Union Station is located at 201 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.