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Brave visitors can spend night in 'Dracula's Castle,' coffins included


For the first time in nearly 70 years, visitors can sleep in Dracula's castle.

Bran Castle will play host to two people who are lucky enough to be chosen to spend the night there on Halloween night.

The contest is part of a promotion by Airbnb

The pair will have dinner and wine before retiring to their red velvet-trimmed coffins, according to the Associated Press.

But if coffins are too much, the guests will be able to sleep in beds. 

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The contest to find two brave souls to spend the night in the creepy Romanian castle started Monday.

Applicants were asked to imagine what they would say to Count Dracula if they met the vampire of legend.

The chosen will be flown to Romania and taken to the castle in the Carpathian Mountains.

Bran Castle hosts more than 630,000 visitors a year.

The event will be hosted by a descendant of writer Bram Stoker, Dacre Stoker, who will portray Jonathan Harker, the character in the elder Stoker's novel who encounters Dracula in the novel.

The contemporary Stoker will welcome his guests with the same words Dracula uses,"Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of happiness you bring," the AP reported.

There are rules for the winning pair. There can be no garlic or silver jewelry with the notation that "The count is not a fan of mirror selfies." Also, no crosses are allowed and all curtains need to be closed before sunrise, according to the contest rules.

Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian king used by Stoker as the inspiration for Count Dracula, did not own Bran Castle, but it is believed to have been used by him during his battles in Transylvania. It is also tradition that he was imprisoned in the castle for two months in 1462 when he was captured by a Hungarian king.

Vlad Tepes impaled his victims as punishment.

For more on the contest, click here.

Deadline to enter is Oct. 26 at 11:59 p.m. CET.

Last year, Airbnb hosted a similar contest, to spend the night in the catacombs of Paris.


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