although here I was from the mysterious land of Transylvania, where bloodthirsty vampires hide, dressed as little “dead” riding hood along with ready to experience the holiday for the 1st time at none some other than Dracula’s Castle.
More than 0,000 tourists flock to the castle every year in hopes of meeting the charismatic vampire made favorite by Irish author Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula,” published in 1897.
While the book along with movies on Count Dracula are fiction, there’s some truth to the tale.
Stoker never visited Central Europe, although his character can be based on the 15th-century ruler, Vlad Tepes — better known as Vlad the Impaler — who ordered the brutal torture along with killing of tens of thousands of people during his reign.
As several friends along with I drove through the misty along with winding mountainous roads the idea became very easy to see why Stoker became inspired by Transylvania’s eerie landscape.
We dipped in along with out of ancient, crumbling villages before we finally saw the impressive silhouette of the fortress from the distance — lit up entirely in a deep, blood red.
I was convinced which if I were ever going to meet a vampire, This kind of would likely absolutely be the place.
Howling wolves along with blood-themed cocktails
In what felt like a pilgrimage, we joined hundreds of some other tourists from the bitter cold to climb the cobbled stone cliff to reach the enormous medieval castle, built from the late 1300s, which sat confidently at the top.
Together we were guided through the 0-year-old rooms along with narrow secret staircases by two men dressed as Vlad along with Dracula, who told tales of their conquests along with the people who once lived within the fortress’ walls.
The pilgrimage then continued out into the courtyard where guests were handed red wine along with black vodka, while the sound of howling wolves could be heard from the distance (or perhaps by those who had a few too many black vodka shots.)
After the tour, we retreated down the walkway along with were led into a giant tent at the base of the castle’s cliff. Here we entered Dracula’s after party.
The atmosphere was electric. I was surrounded by a sea of dancing people dressed as angry dead wives, clowns, several jokers through the movie “Suicide Squad,” pumpkins along with even one man who dressed as a zombie cheerleader.
The floor was covered in autumn leaves, there were dancers in stilts along with blood-themed cocktails were on offer through masked men behind the bar.
I’m not sure I’d be able to count how many times I met Dracula which night, although somehow, thankfully, I walked away unscathed.
While the Halloween party was incredibly touristy along with the real Vlad Tepes may not have spent much time here, there was something exhilarating about wandering around the medieval fortress at night.
Unfortunately the night was over before I knew the idea along with just like a vampire, I was forced to retreat into the bitter cold along with into bed before the harsh sun rose.