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Halloween dream: Pair of lucky guests get to spend a night in Dracula's castle

Dracula fans are being given the chance to spend a night alone in the count's famous castle in Transylvania. Bran castle in Romania has long been part of the legend of Dracula and draws thousands of tourists every year. This Halloween two people will bed down in coffins as part of a promotion by accommodation website Airbnb.

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.

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Tourist mecca

Bran Castle is one of Romania's top tourist attractions, with more than 630,000 visitors a year.

Count Dracula

Count Dracula is the title character and main antagonist of Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. He is considered to be both the prototypical and the archetypal vampire in subsequent works of fiction.
Bran Castle was originally a military fortress, strategically set on a highway that links Transylvania to southern Romania.

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Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, high in the heart of Transylvania, lies the home of the most chilling tale of the 19th century. Are you brave enough to test the myth?