Airbnb has the ultimate Halloween getaway for a lucky traveler – a night IN Dracula’s Transylvania Castle! No worries if you are unable to turn into a bat or fly yourself there because airfare IS INCLUDED!
Sharpen those stakes writing skills – this contest requires a bat bit of imagination: Contestants must write 50-500 word reply to this burning question: “What would you say to the Count if you were to come face to face with him in his own castle?” Submissions must be received by October 26th.
What does the winner of this creepy cool contest collect?
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. –Airbnb
The lucky victim traveler will have to abide by some very strict house rules (as listed on the Air BnB website contest page):
• 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
For complete contest guidelines visit the Airbnb contest page here.