Given the decent financial success of “Krampus,” it's a little surprising that “Krampus 2” hasn't been made yet, with “Trick 'r Treat 2” apparently taking priority for Dougherty. To be fair, “Trick 'r Treat” has as much cultural cache as “Krampus” does these days; There is merchandise for both films, but the mischievous Sam from the Halloween-set movie seems to have an edge over the ancient Christmas demon (and let's be real – Sam is a lot more adorable). Plus, it's not like Dougherty needed to work on a sequel to either film right away, as he moved on from “Krampus” to making “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in 2019.

Most importantly, the anthology style of “Trick 'r Treat” makes the sequel a much more natural fit; there are endless permutations and explorations into the mythos of Halloween and everything surrounding it that can be utilized, and since the original film contains no specific plot or cast of characters that demand to be included (only Sam, and his mercurial nature can be applied anywhere), it will certainly be simple enough to prepare something.

Meanwhile, “Krampus” was heavily centered on the Engel clan: young Max (Emjay Anthony), father Tom (Adam Scott), mother Sarah (Toni Collette), sister Beth (Stefania LaVie Owen), grandmother Omi ( Krista Stadler) and her extended family, led by Uncle Howard (David Koechner) and Aunt Linda (Allison Tolman). While the film wraps up the story of this set of characters in a delightfully ambiguous way, the question of whether a sequel might feel compromised if none of them reappeared, as well as what such a sequel might do to be is probably the reason “Krampus 2” has been on the back burner for so long.