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.

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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?


One Response

  1. Gloria

    We’re from Texas, USA and would love to make it there for Halloween next year! How do we reserve a few spots? Any suggestions on where to stay while we are there? Thanks for any help!


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When she is not figuring out what the middle button on her headphones is for, explaining the difference between Washington State and Washington D.C., arriving to the airport too early or refusing to use the Oxford comma, you can usually find Mary in the mountains, at a show or on her couch. Mary is a content writer at Fareportal and likes annoying her coworkers with weird GIFs throughout the day.