You Can Spend Halloween in a Coffin at Dracula's Castle

Don't let the vampire bite
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2016 6:45 PM CDT
You Can Spend Halloween in a Coffin at Dracula's Castle
Sleep tight.   (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

You could spend a night in Dracula’s Transylvanian castle—but sleep is no guarantee. Airbnb is offering two guests an overnight stay at Bran Castle in the mountains of Transylvania, fittingly, on Halloween night. The great grandnephew of Bram Stoker, who based his 19th-century novel on the very place, will host the person with the best explanation of what they would say to Dracula in a "face-to-fang" meeting, along with a guest, per the Telegraph. Whisked away in a horse-drawn carriage, the pair can explore all 57 rooms of the castle where Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Count Dracula, was once believed to have been imprisoned. Should they find a secret passage, it'll take them to a dining room where they'll enjoy a "blood-enriching" meal "prepared exactly as described" in Stoker's novel, Airbnb says.

Later, they'll have the option to get some shut-eye in two velvet-lined coffins in a crypt, though beds are also available, per the AP. Though the castle receives more than 630,000 visitors a year, Halloween night will mark the first time anyone has slept in the castle since 1948. But "this is the lair of vampires, and you cannot leave until dawn," Airbnb says. It also notes "the count is not a fan of mirror selfies" and you'll have to leave your garlic, "garlic-scented items," silver jewelry, and holy symbols at home. Stoker's nephew Dacre Stoker, who will play the role of Dracula protagonist Jonathan Harker during the visit, says he hopes to give people "a good experience and a good scare." Feeling brave? You can enter the competition at this link until Oct. 26. (Someone just spent a night at Abbey Road Studios.)

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