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Can you survive a night at Dracula’s castle this Halloween?

You better leave him a good review—or else.


Sarah Weber

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 17, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 7:00 pm CDT

Airbnb wants to treat you to the most terrifying night of your life this Halloween. 

For one night only, it’s offering a stay at Bran Castle, the real-life Romanian castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s bloodthirsty Dracula. While the fictional vampire never really lived there, the 600-year-old castle did house its fair share of monsters, including the notorious Vlad the Impaler.


According to a contest listing on Airbnb, the winner will get transportation for two to Bran, Romania, a spooky carriage ride to the castle, a “hearty, blood-enriching meal” for dinner, and then a peaceful rest in some velvet-lined coffins. You’ll even be greeted by Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew. 


You have until Oct. 26 to enter the contest. Just sign into Airbnb with a registered account, head to the Transylvania competition page, and click “enter to win.” Then write your best creative story (no more than 550 characters) explaining, “What you would say to count Dracula if you were to meet him in his castle.” 

If you’re the lucky winner, be sure to heed the house rules: no garlic, and leave your silver at home.


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*First Published: Oct 17, 2016, 6:49 pm CDT