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Know Before You Go: Celebrating Halloween at Dracula's Castle

From outlandish costumes to terrible taxis, here's what you need to know before attending Transylvania’s premier Halloween Party.

Bran Castle in Transylvania
Hi, I'm Helen!

South Londoner on the loose in Switzerland, with a cat and baby in tow. Trained teacher, student, and travel writer, with a passion for drama, drag, and adventure.

Viator writers Helen Shepherd and Jade Harvey fulfilled their long-standing dream of touring Transylvania together during Halloween. Their week was spent hiking the Piatra Craiului mountains and exploring Sibiu and Brasov, before rounding off their fall-time frolics at Bran Castle’s Halloween Party. Below, they're sharing all the things you need to know for a terrifyingly good time.

What are Halloween festivities like at Dracula's Castle?

The rooftops of Bran Castle on a misty, spooky day.
Don't expect a haunted house experience at Bran Castle.Photo Credit: In Green / Shutterstock

Watch out for the iron maiden.

Most bookable packages include a tour of the castle followed by access to the Halloween Party, which takes place in a marquee outside. Note that the castle tour is not a haunted house experience, which (thankfully) means no machete-wielding murderers pursuing you down spiral staircases. Instead, costumed actors mill around, posing for pictures, performing skits, and answering questions. There are some frightfully good photo ops to find along the way, including a room full of medieval torture devices (including the iron maiden) and a secret passageway.

Is it crowded at Dracula's Castle on Halloween?

A family heads into Bran Castle on a sunny day.
Families may be better off visiting by the light of day.Photo Credit: Popescu - Valceanu Marius / Shutterstock

Bring your coat to relieve the curse.

The rumors about long entry lines are no joke, as we learned upon arriving at opening time to be faced by an already enormous crowd. Fortunately, we had booked skip-the-line tickets, so we weren’t outside for too long. Still, you’ll need a coat, as getting caught in the rain would be enough to dampen even the most enthusiastic spirits. Families with small children would be better off on a daytime tour to avoid any Halloween night chaos.

What should I wear to Dracula's Castle on Halloween?

Friends in fancy dress enjoy a fun Halloween party.
Your costumes need not be pricey affairs.Photo Credit: Helen Shepherd

When in … Transylvania?

Dressing up in a costume is a must. Well, it’s not a prerequisite for entry, but you’ll be really missing out if you don’t. Walking up the path towards the castle surrounded by all manner of monsters, vampires, and pop stars was truly memorable, with the costumes encouraging camaraderie among fellow merrymakers. That said, there’s no need to spend a lot of money or bring anything heavy from home. As you can see, I felt quite comfortable in an old tablecloth.

What's the Halloween Party like at Dracula’s Castle?

Pals in fancy dress enjoy a drink and pose for Halloween.
Expect to have a ghoulishly good time once the party gets under way.Photo Credit: VGstockstudio / Shutterstock

Expect uncanny Euro-beats, devilish dancers, and typical club prices.

The experience is a great way to meet fellow travelers and locals, and almost everyone is there for the party, so there’s already that in common. The party itself features DJs (playing quintessentially Euro-club music), dancers, acrobats, and other performers, plus plenty of backdrops for spooky selfies and ghoulish group pictures. Though the atmosphere is undoubtedly revelrous, plenty of non-alcoholic options mean you can easily dance the night away sober. Just be prepared to pay the usual club prices for alcoholic drinks.

Is Bran Castle really Dracula's Castle?

A statue of Vlad the Impaler on a hilltop in nearby Sighisoara to Bran Castle.
Learn about the legacy of Vlad the Impaler in nearby Sighisoara.Photo Credit: Gabi8o / Shutterstock

So it might not be historically accurate, but who cares? It's Halloween.

Bran Castle is often referred to as Dracula’s Castle, which can give visitors the wrong impression of what to expect. Bran Castle doesn’t actually have any direct relation to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and its links to Vlad the Impaler (who inspired the character) are tenuous. It got the nickname mostly because tourists thought it looked like a spooky vampire castle, certainly no bad thing for a Halloween Party destination.

If you want to learn more about Vlad, an important figure in Romanian history, you’ll find his birthplace in nearby Sighisoara.

Frequently asked questions

A dressed-up scary driver looks at the camera as they drive away from Bran Castle on a fun tour.
Book a taxi in advance, or be petrified by the prices.Photo Credit: Nomad_Soul / Shutterstock

Everything you need to know about celebrating Halloween at Dracula's Castle.

  • Is Dracula's Castle a popular Halloween destination? Yes, it hosts the hottest Halloween party in Transylvania! Plus, the castle is open for tours by day and by night.
  • Is there a haunted house experience at Dracula's Castle for Halloween? No, there's no haunted house experience—no formal one, anyway.
  • What's the history of Bran Castle? Built by the Saxons in Transylvania in 1377, the castle is now a national monument and landmark.
  • Are there family-friendly Halloween activities at the castle? While the Halloween Party is recommended for adults only, the castle's daytime tours are suitable for families.
  • Do I need to book tickets in advance for Halloween celebrations? It's advised that you book tickets in advance. This Transylvania Halloween party is one of the most sought-after events in Romania.
  • How should I plan to get home from Dracula's Castle? It’s worth booking a taxi home in advance or looking for a tour package with transfers. There are plenty of taxis waiting outside at the end of the night, but you may need to haggle a price. And public transport isn’t an option in the early hours of the morning.

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