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Spend Halloween Night in Dracula’s Castle

Airbnb wants to put you up for a Transylvanian vampire sleepover inside Dracula’s Castle.
Spend Halloween night in Dracula's Castle

Last year Airbnb gave one lucky winner the opportunity to spend Halloween night in the Paris catacombs, surrounded by the bones of 6 million dead people. Now they’re doing it again, except this time the location is Bran Castle, more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle.

From the description:

A horse-drawn carriage carries you swiftly through Transylvania as the sun sets towards the horizon, heralding the hours of swooping bats and howling wolves. When you come around the final bend on the tree-lined road, you’ll catch a glimpse of Bran Castle. This misty mountain-top manor is home for the night. The chill that suddenly fills the carriage is not the evening mist, it’s a fear older than the forests now grown up around the castle rock. This is the lair of vampires, and you cannot leave until dawn.

Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great grandnephew, will answer your knock on the castle’s imposing wooden doors. He will be your host for the night, and resident expert on Transylvanian lore. Enter the castle and explore the labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors, creepy nooks, and squeaky staircases while there is still light in the sky. You may traipse through all fifty-seven rooms, from lofty tower lookouts to deep dark crypts, and even enjoy an incomparable view of the Carpathians from the terrace as the sun makes its final descent. But once darkness comes, retreat inside. Unexpected guests have been known to come knocking in the moonlit hours.

A secret passage on the first floor leads to the grand dining room where an intimate candlelit dinner will await, prepared exactly as described in Bram Stoker’s novel. Following the hearty, blood-enriching meal, you will be left to sleep in luxurious velvet-trimmed coffins in the seclusion of the Count’s crypt.

Fall asleep to the creaks and whispers of the Transylvanian night, and the sound of wolves roaming outside the castle walls.

“Listen to them, children of the night, what music they make…”

Of course, there are some house rules:

  • No garlic or garlic-scented items allowed
  • You are kindly requested to leave your silver jewelry at home
  • Do not cross the cutlery. In fact, please refrain from placing anything in a cross formation
  • Beware of the bats in the castle tower
  • Please close all curtains before sunrise
  • The count is not a fan of mirror selfies

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Spend Halloween night in Bran Castle

Want to spend the night in Dracula’s crypt? To enter, all you have to do is answer this question: “What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?”

More info here: Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

Spend Halloween Night in the Catacombs of Paris

Airbnb is giving away a unique Halloween experience: A one night stay for two guests surrounded by the dead in the Paris catacombs.
AirBNB is giving away a one night stay in the Paris catacombs for Halloween

Are you brave enough to stay the night among the dead? Airbnb is giving you the opportunity, with a special one-night stay for two on Halloween in the macabre caverns of the Paris catacombs…surrounded by the skeletal remains of 6 million people.

The description states:

Bienvenue to the bowels of Paris!
Looking for a change from the usual Halloween festivities? Escape the pint-sized pirates and mini goblins in the world’s largest grave— Paris’ famous catacombs, the final resting place of 6 million souls.

On Halloween night, journey to the center of the earth and learn about the hair-raising history of this mysterious subterranean labyrinth. Satisfy your thirst for adventure in the sprawling network of skulls and bones. Next, savor a dazzling culinary experience while enjoying a private concert in the most incredible acoustics under the earth.

Before bedtime, a storyteller will have you spellbound with fascinating tales from the catacombs, guaranteed to produce nightmares. Finally, enjoy dawn with the dead, as you become the only living person ever to wake up in the Paris catacombs.

For an unforgettable Halloween, tell the host before midnight October 20th why you think you’re brave enough to sleep in the catacombs.

The prize is open to couples and friends, 2 people maximum.

Halloween dinner in the Paris catacombs

Be sure to follow the house rules:

  • No tricks. But plenty of treats.
  • Please respect the Catacombs as you would your own grave
  • Be mindful of your Parisian neighbours, both the living and the dead
  • No bobbing for apples in the Catacomb pools
  • Don’t forget your toothbrush and pajamas. Bonus points if they glow in the dark

View the contest listing here: Halloween Night in Paris Catacombs

Halloween Night in the World’s Largest Grave

Paris catacombs

Bones in the Paris catacombs

6 million dead in the catacombs beneath Paris

Can you make it through the night in the catacombs?

Memento mori

Paris catacombs skulls

Your bedroom in the Paris catacombs

The dead will watch you sleep in the Paris catacombs

Bed and breakfast in the catacombs

Empire of the Dead

Walls of bones in the catacombs

By 1786, the cemeteries in Paris were overflowing with centuries of human remains. The old mines below the city were being renovated due to recent collapses, and the solution to both problems soon became evident. The city’s vast underground was to become the world’s largest ossuary.

For two years, wagon processions carried remains exhumed from mass graves dating back to the Middle Ages from Cimetière des Saints-Innocents and other Parisian graveyards down into the dark, silent depths of the subterranean quarries.

In 1810, the head of the head of the Paris mine inspection service began overseeing renovations, transforming the catacombs from a pile of bones into the organized and artistic formations they are today.