Ottawa pair wins overnight stay in Dracula's castle for Halloween
Tami Varma, along with her brother Robin, leave Saturday morning to spend Halloween night sleeping in coffins in Dracula's castle in Trannsylvania (Errol McGihon, Postmedia)
On Halloween, two Ottawa residents will be the first people to sleep in Dracula’s castle in nearly 70 years.
Tami and Robin Varma won the trip to Bran Castle in Transylvania through a promotional giveaway by Airbnb.
It will be the first time since 1948 the castle has hosted overnight guests.
Dracula fans were encouraged to enter to win a chance to spend a night in the Romanian castle hosted by Dacre Stoker, great-nephew of Bram Stoker, who wrote the original Dracula novel.
As it happens, the contest winners have a connection through their family too: They’re the grandchildren of Devendra Varma, a professor at Dalhousie University who was one of the world’s authorities on Gothic literature.
The house rules are a little strict — no garlic, no holy symbols, no silver jewelry, and not a lot of mirrors in the place. But guests have been promised a spooky carriage ride through the Transylvanian forest with wolves howling and the option to sleep in red velvet-trimmed coffins.
Bran Castle dates to the 14th century.