Does it get much more iconic than celebrating Halloween in the birthplace of Dracula himself!? Believe it or not, it’s not all just myths and legends either. A real ‘Dracula’, known as Vlad the Impaler, once lived here and was famed for his heartless killing methods. Not only does Transylvania make for the perfect place for spooky Halloween celebrations, but paired with beautiful landscapes, medieval castles, and charming old towns, it’s hard to beat Transylvania for your next Halloween destination! Here’s some reasons why you should spend your next Halloween in Transylvania.
1. Autumn is one of the best times to visit Transylvania
Although Transylvania is associated with vampires and gothic architecture, it’s one of the best places to go in Europe for autumn. Autumn has an impressive effect on the stunning mountainous landscapes and lush forests, as most of the region erupts into shades of red and gold. The architecture, medieval castles and charming mountain villages come to life against the beautiful autumnal colours. In September and October, temperatures are also quite comfortable, with less tourists and crisp autumn days. Not to mention, Halloween festivities take place throughout autumn, so there’s no better time to go!
2. Visit the birthplace of Dracula
Transylvania is the birthplace of Dracula after all, so of course it’s a must to visit his hometown, Sighisoara. Not only is it the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula, but its also an enriching colourful old town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prepare to be charmed by this fairy tale-like fortified city!
3. Halloween Party at Bran Castle
Surely there’s no better place to have a Halloween party than Dracula’s castle itself! The legendary Gothic-style fortress dating back to 1377 hosts an epic Halloween party. Think DJs, spooky décor, a night tour of the castle, Halloween themed food and drink and dancing the night away until early hours of the morning. This is definitely as iconic as Halloween celebrations get, talk about absolute #squadghouls!
4. Halloween Party at the Medieval Citadel
If you can’t quite make it to the iconic Bran Castle’s Halloween party, then not to worry, there’s plenty more Halloween festivities taking place throughout Transylvania. Although it may not quite be his castle, another incredible option is the Halloween party held at the Medieval Citadel in Dracula’s hometown Sighisoara. Taking place in an actual dungeon with dinner, drinks, DJs, Halloween themed food and decor, you’re in for an absolute Halloween treat!
5. Dine at Dracula’s childhood home
You can’t visit Dracula’s hometown Sighisoara, without checking out Vlad’s childhood home! Casa Vlad Dracul, was reportedly where Vlad was born in 1431 and lived until age four. Now converted into a Dracula themed restaurant, with a medieval atmosphere and portraits of Dracula adorning the walls, Casa Vlad Dracul is a must visit! For a small admission, the staff will even show you Vlad’s old bedroom. Dine on some traditional Romanian food and take in the Dracula-esque atmosphere.
6. Visit the impressive gothic Corvin Castle
Another incredible centuries-old castle that is a must-see is Corvin Castle. Reportedly Vlad was held captive here and eventually went mad. Not only is this another castle associated with Dracula, but it is one of the most beautiful castles in Romania and even one of the largest in Europe. With elaborate gothic architecture, a drawbridge, inner courtyard and over 50 rooms adorned with medieval art and furniture, this beautifully preserved castle makes it one of the most immersive and impressive castles to visit in Transylvania. And even better, Corvin Castle also hosts a Halloween party that is sure to have you in awe!
Ready to get your Halloween on?! You’re in for a bloody spook-tacular treat in Transylvania! Experience Halloween in Transylvania on one of our Transylvania tours.