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Spend Halloween night in Dracula's Castle

The winner of this year's Airbnb Halloween contest will get to sleep like a vampire in the remote Transylvanian hilltop castle that inspired Bram Stoker.

Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle, sits amid Transylvania's mountains in central Romania.

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Goths, horror fans and wannabe vampires take note. If you're gutsy enough to sleep in a coffin, lodging site Airbnb wants to send you to Dracula's Castle in Transylvania for Halloween as part of a creepy contest.

Just log into Airbnb and answer the question "What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?" You have until 11:59 p.m. Central European Time -- or 1:59 p.m. PT -- on October 26 to impress the judges.

Submissions should be between 50 and 500 characters in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian or Portuguese and between 100 and 300 characters in Chinese (Simplified or Traditional), Japanese or Korean.

The winner and a guest will be flown to Transylvania, then taken via horse-drawn carriage to Dracula's castle where host Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, will greet the winner. The evening includes a tour of the castle, a candle-lit dinner as described in Stoker's novel "Dracula," and finally a (hopefully) sound sleep in luxurious velvet-trimmed coffins in the crypt.

Dracula's Castle, officially known as Bran Castle, is located on a remote Romanian hilltop between the borders of the regions of Transylvania and Wallachia.

While Bran Castle has been called home by Teutonic knights, Hungarian kings and Romanian royalty, its most interesting lore is that Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia -- also referred to as Vlad the Impaler and son of Vlad II Dracul -- was imprisoned inside the castle for two months.

Even though it's popularly called Dracula's Castle, the Bran Castle website is quick to point out that Vlad the Impaler's actual castle is now in ruins in Wallachia. But because Bran Castle is the only castle left near Transylvania that fits Stoker's description of the home of the fictional vampire (who's name is directly influenced by Vlad the Impaler), it is referred to as Dracula's Castle.

Offering creepy destinations on Halloween is becoming a tradition for Airbnb, the short-term rental site. Last year, Airbnb held a contest where winners spent Halloween night with the dead in the Catacombs of Paris.

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