Here are some of the creepiest places you can rent out this Halloween.
Dracula’s Castle in Bran, Romania.
This year, if you’re really looking to out do your friends’ lame Halloween party, you might actually get to stay in Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania —and sleep in a coffin — for free. You’ll also get free airfare from anywhere in the world.
Dacre Stoker, the great-grand-nephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker, is partnering withAirbnb to coordinate a Halloween night stay for one lucky group at Bran Castle (the real-life inspiration for Dracula’s lair).
The deal includes a creepy and informative horse-drawn carriage tour by Dacre, a vampire expert. Then guests will retire to the actual 57-room castle for the dinner described in the novel: robber beef steak and paprika hendl chicken. Of course, the nights ends with a snooze in a velvet-trimmed coffin in the crypt.
However, this is serious business with ground rules: absolutely NO garlic or garlic-scented items in the castle. Silver jewelry and religious symbols are banned from the premises. Guests are not permitted to cross anything (even cutlery). Curtains must be shut before sunrise, and candles must be extinguished before sleep. But most importantly, no mirror selfies. The Count hates those.
So, how to you score this terrifying and incredible opportunity? Just fill out an Airbnb application by the evening of October 17, answering the following question: “What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?”
Haunted Colonial Houses of Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is shaking things up for Halloween this year and giving visitors a glimpse into the creepier side of history with deals allowing guests to stay in haunted colonial houses.
Guests can choose between the Market Square Tavern, where Jefferson’s ghost is believed to pace the halls at night, or the Bracken Tenement Kitchen, where visitors have reported “an apparition of a lady in a full, dark dress in a rocking chair.”
There’s also the nearby Orell House, one of Williamsburg’s 88 original buildings, which definitely had some kind of ghost situation going on, as inhabitants reported furniture constantly moving and turning upside down on its own.