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How to Experience a Romanian Halloween!

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Here’s the thing– what is the very first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word Halloween, Transylvania, and Romania in one sentence? Is it possible that you thought of Dracula, the vampire?

Or, perhaps, the Bran Castle? Or the real Vlad Tepes? Whatever it is, it will always be associated with a vampire. But what makes this place so important is the fact that this has taken Halloween into the next level.

Everybody loves the Halloween. The pumpkin carving, the excitement of having to design your costumes, and the trick or treats of the kids dressed as witches or Frankenstein even make this holiday lovely and scary at the same time.

But no place could outmatch Transylvania when it comes to Halloween celebration. And this, my friends, is the reason why I want you to visit Transylvania as it offers the overall experience!

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Halloween in Romania

When you hear people talk about Halloween in Romania, it is no surprise that it will always be about Bran Castle and Dracula. Heck, you might even find yourself surrounded with people dressed as Dracula like that one scene in the animated film Hotel Transylvania.

The one where the daughter of Dracula had her 18th birthday and fell in love with a guy who did not seem to mind that he could have Dracula as his father-in-law. Crazy, right?

However, locals know that there is much more to Halloween than Dracula. Many stories and folklore have already emerged over the centuries that are still believed to have been existing today.

Such stories involve Strigoi which, in Romanian mythology, symbolizes troubled spirits that are said to have arisen from the grave. Romanians, particularly those that lived in the town of Transylvania, are very superstitious. It is no wonder why Halloween played a crucial role in their culture.

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What Travellers Do

Through time, many people have chosen Transylvania to be their go-to destination whenever they decide to book a tour in Romania. It’s not surprising that travel guides and agencies anticipate the volume of tourists that will book a reservation at a hotel near the Bran castle.

They know that these tourists look forward to celebrating Halloween parties clad in their fancy dresses. So what do people do exactly? It is important to note that Halloween in Transylvania is not considered a holiday as in like most countries.

But it is also not shocking that even the locals make it a point that they participate in this grandest and most anticipated event of the year. I mean, who in the world does not want to party? You don’t just go to Romania, treat yourself for a Halloween tour, and not go to a party. That is a social crime if you ask me.

Add This Trip to Your Bucket List

So, do you imagine yourself revel fearlessly in the footsteps of an old legend? Have a drink or two in the real Dracula Castle? You would not want to miss out on something as historical and legendary as this one. Good thing we have BeyondRomania Travel that offers the exclusive experience tours wrapped in a fun package. 

This package includes a Dracula tour, Transylvania tour, or even a tour that goes beyond Transylvania. You get to visit Sighisoara where the real Dracula was said to be born.

As you embark on a spooky spectacular journey, a mysterious dwelling known as Dracula’s castle where the best Halloween party in town is held. Did I mention the party already? Oops.

Another thing that you would want to explore is Bran Castle, which is located in Transylvania and considered to be Romania’s famously renowned landmarks. This castle was built in the 14th century and sat on the top of the hill which gives you a magnificent view of the whole town.

Well, also because this is the castle where Vlad the Impaler, as made known by Bram Stoker in his novel published in 1987, was imprisoned.

If you are a history lover, you can also enjoy a quick tour to have a look around in its medieval-themed town, gothic architecture, fortified churches, and of course, the rest of its medieval castles.

Don’t forget to also take advantage of the offered night tours of your travel agent. Hire a private vehicle or contact us to save you from all the stress of thinking about how to get from one place to another.

And in case you become hungry with all the touring and partying, you can have a taste of the delicious and traditional meals served in their local restaurants. Most restaurants even offer a vampire-inspired meal to immerse you in this amazing lifetime experience.

But we know that not everyone has the guts to enjoy a meaty, bloody looking meal no matter how delicious they are. Luckily, several restaurants offer a traditional Romanian cuisine that reflects their culture and history.

You’d be delighted to know that the dishes served in Romania taste familiar since these dishes are hugely similar to that of Turkey, Hungary, and other neighbouring countries.

Once you are handed a menu, don’t hesitate to try their ciorba de burta if you’re looking for a warm hearty soup. Sarmale if you’re craving for comforting food, and their papanasi to wrap your meal with a rewarding dessert.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your travel gear ready, go to your trusted travel agency that offers Romania tours like BeyondRomania, plan your activities, book a flight to Transylvania, and enjoy this one of a kind Halloween.

Erika Dragu

Erika Dragu

Erika Dragu is a freelance writer and native Transylvanian. She grew up in the small town of Miercurea Ciuc, surrounded by mountains and medieval villages.

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