We partied in Dracula’s Haunted Castle and lived to tell the tale
You hear ‘Transvlvania’ and you think ‘Dracula’.
You hear ‘would you like to come and party in Dracula’s actual castle on actual Halloween in actual Transylvania?’ and you think a few more, like ‘wot’, ‘I need to pack extra underwear’, and ‘I need a Heidi Klum-level fancy dress costume for this one’.
When G Adventures invited us to Bran Castle for a 200 people-strong party on the scariest night of the year, it was an easy decision. ICYMI, Bran Castle is the setting of Bram Stoker’s iconic Dracula, looks 100% the part, is full of fascinating history, and set in stunning surroundings.
Oh, and it’s haunted.
The Haunted Private Tour
A scary castle needs a scary tour, and boy did Bran Castle deliver.
We learnt about the haunted history of the building, and locals’ beliefs that there are evil spirits (known as ‘steregoi’) who haunt the area, and which stay dormant by day, only to emerge and terrorise victims by night.
Just what we wanted to hear as the sun set over the castle’s turrets.
Throw in ancient stone walls, secret passages, winding terraces, squeaky wooden floors and an amusingly terrifying description of impalement, and the mood was well and truly set.
The Halloween Costume Contest
A world-class Halloween party deserves world-class Halloween costumes, and everyone delivered.
First up, Cersei from Game of Thrones who semi-twerked her way into the courtyard, while the audience chanted “shame, shame, shame”.
Then there were these two matching sisters who came as the witches from Hocus Pocus.
We also had Cruella De Vil, the Handmaid’s Tale, some spooky Vampire Slayers, pirates, Freddy Krueger who were also very strong competition. #SquadGhouls
The Banquet and Blood Red Wine
By the time the food arrived, we were ready to sink our fangs into, well, everything. Romanian cuisine is delicious, and we were treated to a wide selection of charcuterie, cheeses and plenty of freshly cooked bread, and toasted with Tuica, the local spirit made of Plums.
Carrying the biggest glass of red wine ever made in Eastern Europe (NB: this may not be factually correct), we wandered around the castle, pretending to be 17th century Romanian princesses. It. Was. Amazing.
A Tale of Two parties
After dinner, a DJ appeared to whip the courtyard into a spooky spectacle, while elsewhere we found another party through a secret passage, in a mini banquet hall.
Oh and did we mention the fire show? To round off the night, we were treated to our own fire-breathing maestro outside the Bran Castle Walls, lighting up the night sky.
Under the light of the full moon, we staggered home way beyond the witching hour, spooked, safe, very alive, and very, very happy.
By Agathe Monmont
MTV Travelled With… G Adventures. A seven-day Halloween in Transylvania trip is priced from £999pp travelling from Bucharest return. At odds with its creeptacular reputation, Romania ranks as one of Europe’s most charming and underexplored regions, beguiling visitors with its stunning Gothic architecture, enveloping forests, and friendly people. But as idyllic as it is by day, the real fun happens at night — particularly Halloween, when we’ll treat you to a costume party in an authentic castle. For more information please visit www.gadventures.co.uk