Halloween the Romanian way

Bran Castle, ©Espino Family/Flickr

Bran Castle, ©Espino Family/Flickr

A few years ago Halloween has set its foot on Romanian grounds as well. Romanian kids usually don’t go door to door singing and tricking people into giving them sweets but the youngsters of the country choose to celebrate this holiday as a fun night out.

As the public requires it all the bars and restaurants decorate their walls and rooms with skeletons and spider webs, carved pumpkins and other decorations and await the adventurous teens and young adults who come to the costume party dressed up as vampires, werewolves and other scary creatures.

The costumes

On this special American holiday everyone can let loose their imagination and put on the funnies or wildest costumes. Some people come on a broomstick while others put on a T-shirt soaked in red paste and a knife sticking out from their chest. Everyone puts a wild make-up on which is usually dominated by the black color marking evil and red usually representing blood. Some wear long black nails and fake teeth, crazy hair-dos and sleazy clothes. At the end of the day, meaning in the morning, it’s a win-win situation: the bar owners cash in the money and the youngsters have a super fun night.

Halloween costume, ©dan taylor/Flickr

Halloween costume, ©dan taylor/Flickr

Halloween in Transylvania

The most popular location in Romania during Halloween is naturally Transylvania, the home of the very first vampire: Count Dracula. Several fearless tourists visit Transylvania and enjoy costume parties, listen to some magnificent story-telling and watch actors play out scenes inspired by Dracula. On this holiday Romanians bring out the garlic in order to protect themselves from evil spirits.

Garlic as far as the eye can see, ©meaduva/Flickr

Garlic as far as the eye can see, ©meaduva/Flickr

Castle Bran

Castle Bran is famous for being one of the locations where Prince Vlad Tepes, also known as Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel. You can visit this authentic and little bit creepy Gothic castle and attend the special costume party, take a look at the ruins of the castle and explore the old towns of Brasov and the capital of Romania, Bucharest.

Bran Castle, ©Espino Family/Flickr

Bran Castle, ©Espino Family/Flickr

Just imagine wandering around Transylvania on the eve of Halloween and suddenly freak out at the sound of the clock tower gonging midnight. Without a doubt Romania ranks among the top underexplored and charming regions in Europe. Its stunning architecture, stiff forests and friendly residents wins every heart in an instant. We sure hope though that you are not afraid of the dark…because bumpity bumps are coming… slowly upstairs!

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