Stori Nagel of Murrieta, whose home is entered in the city's Annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest said she sees her display as a way of educating the public about the Krampus, a creature from pre-Christian Germanic traditions that's credited with punishing bad children, and the origins of other Christmas traditions, CBSLA.com reported Wednesday.
The display sees the Krampus perched on a second-story window with a sign reading, "Greetings from Krampus XOXO."
Some locals said the display is too frightening for children.
"I was appalled that the city of Murrieta would allow someone to enter a home with a theme representing the devil," said a parent who asked not to be named. "My 3-year-old was frightened by the home and I was disgusted. I'm asking that you help make this disrespectful issue known to the residents of Murrieta."
A city parks and recreation official described the display as "unconventional," but said the decorating contest is open to all residents.