Halloween night in Dracula's castle in Transylvania up for grabs
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Not got any Halloween plans yet? Well this year you could do something TOTALLY different as Dracula’s castle will have overnight guests this Halloween, marking the first time since 1948 that anyone has slept in the Transylvanian fortress. The site’s actual name in Bran Castle, and two people will be able to sleep there on October 31st thanks to a promotion by Airbnb. The guests will be wined and dined, then left alone to lie down in red velvet-trimmed coffins just as Dracula did in the Bram Stoker horror novel which popularised the legend. The castle is famous for its connection to Vlad the Impaler, a real-life prince who stayed there in the 15th century and had a habit of using stakes to impale his victims. Vlad inspired Stoker’s story of Count Dracula. The Airbnb competition to find guests for the night was launched today. Entrants were asked to use their “vampiric wit” to imagine what they would say to Count Dracula if they met him. Winners will be flown to Romania and then taken to the castle set dramatically in the Carpathian Mountains. If they are too spooked to sleep in the coffins, beds are on hand. The castle is one of Romania’s top tourist attractions, with more than 630,000 visitors a year. Hosting the one-off Airbnb event is a descendant of Bram Stoker, Dacre Stoker.
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