Dracula's castle will have overnight guests on Halloween, marking the first time since 1948 that anyone has slept in the Transylvanian fortress. The site's actual name is Bran Castle, and two people will get to sleep there Oct. 31 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 that popularized the legend. Hosting the one-off Airbnb event is a descendant of Bram Stoker, Dacre Stoker.
I want both to make it realistic and show the legend in the wonderful country that birthed the whole thing.Dacre Stoker, descendant of Bram Stoker
The contest to find guests for the night launched Monday. Applicants are asked to use their "vampiric wit" to imagine what they'd say to Count Dracula if they met him. 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 cruel habit of using stakes to impale his victims.