It’s that time of the year — golden leaves are on the trees, a chill is in the air and Halloween has us excited for all spooky things. Time to get your spook on. Trick or treat ?
Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is celebrated on October 31 each year, primarily in regions of the Western world; the traditions and importance of the celebration vary significantly between geographical areas.
It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which comes from the Old Irish for “summer’s end”, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween.
Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
Straddling the line between fall and winter, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.
In Romania, the Halloween is celebrated around the myth of “Dracula”.
With its dreadful reputation, Romania ranks as one of Europe’s most charming and untouched regions, charming its visitors with a stunning Gothic architecture, wild forests and friendly people.
The most successful Halloween Party in Transylvania takes place in SIGHISOARA, the citadel where Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula) was born. Now imagine being there, when the clock ticks midnight… on Halloween!
BRAN CASTLE, built around year 1377 as part of the Transylvanian defense ring, belonged to Dracula’s grand father – Mircea the Old – and was constantly disputed by Vlad Dracula. The castle is a real “must see” !
Don’t miss the best of all Halloween parties at the Mystery Night at Bran Castle. With witches, dancing, music, darkness, crimson wine from the castle and ,of course … the one and only Count Dracula.
HUNYAD CASTLE, also known as Corvin Castle is a Gothic-Renaissance castle in Hunedoara, in the region of Transylvania, Romania. Built by King Charles I of Hungary, the castle was finished sometime around the year 1315. During the mid-14th century, it became the residence of Transylvania’s ruler, Iancu de Hunedoara.
POIENARI Fortress, is a ruined castle in Romania, notable for its connection to Vlad the Impaler. The castle is located on a cliff, near a canyon formed on the Argeş River valley, close to the Făgăraş Mountains.
The real Vlad wasn’t a vampire, of course (oppss, do you still believe in Santa and fairies?!), but he did enjoy impaling enemies on stakes.