Ultimate Halloween: You Can Party in Count Dracula’s Transylvanian Castle Mary Zakheim October 17, 2016 Travel News, Trending Stories 1 Comment What are you up to this October 29th? Sure, you could be polishing off your latest topical-but-not-too-popular Halloween costume to wow all your friends with… OR you could be partying it up in Romania’s Bran Castle. For those of you who don’t know, Bran Castle was the inspiration for the setting of Bram Stoker’s 1897 vampire classic Dracula. Though there’s no evidence that Stoker actually set foot on the estate, it has become one of Romania’s top tourist destinations, drawing in over half a million visitors per year. The castle was built in the early 1200s and housed many a noble family — though its most famous occupant is Vlad the Impaler, who lived on the estate in the mid to late 1400s. Vlad had a habit of impaling his enemies to death. Charming man. Curiously though (and for reasons unknown), Vlad started signing his letters with “Dracula” instead of with his own name. Thus, the idea of a haunted castle lorded over by a reclusive monster was born. And now, 800 years later, you can strut about in your finest spooky garb and ring in the autumn holiday with other vampire enthusiasts. A photo posted by sarahnile (@sarahnile) on Nov 1, 2015 at 10:53am PST The website proclaims the bash “the coolest Halloween party this year”, complete with wine, vodka, music, movies and, of course, a visit from Vlad the Impaler himself! The castle will be open for visitors from 7:00 pm until midnight, where the party will head to a large tent outside and the Halloween monsters begin to come out. To keep all vampires in attendance safe, the party ends at dawn, giving all night creatures ample time to head back home before the damaging effects of sunlight can wreak havoc on the attendees. The castle is located in Bran, Romania — about three hours north of the capital city, Bucharest. Do you dare celebrate the most haunted of nights in the most haunted of castles?