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Hallowe'en in Transylvania is bloody fun

Oct. 26, 2004 at 12:46 PM

BUCHAREST, Romania, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Romanians from Bucharest to Transylvania are bracing for the lucrative annual Halloween onslaught of Dracula fans, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

Most arrive in the country's capital, Bucharest, where already business is brisk at the Count Dracula Club restaurant, where blood-red cocktails called Deeper Kiss are hot sellers. Waiters and waitresses dressed in gothic black with white faces also apologize for not having white wine -- only red.

In Transylvania itself, Count Tibor Kalnoky operates eight guesthouses as a bed and breakfast. Profits are going to restore the main 750-year-old family mansion that fell into disrepair through world wars and communism.

Dinner is served in the wine cellar and he offers horse and carriage rides through the rural, rolling agricultural hills that were the setting for Bram Stoker's famous "Dracula," based on the life of Vlad Tepes.

Most fans try to ignore the fact Stoker never visited Transylvania and originally had set the blood-sucking story in Austria.

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