“Halloween in Transylvania” is one of the two National Events of ESN Romania, having the purpose of presenting the history and culture of Romania and of Transylvania to the international students. It takes place at the end of October, every year, in Bran, Brasov and Rasnov.

Halloween, even though originally an American holiday, has become extremely popular all over the world. Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Romania took advantage of its fame and introduced the foreign students to the local legends, terrifying myths, stories of werewolves, vampires and other mystical creatures.

Between the 26th and the 29th of October, 2017, the 6th edition of ‘Halloween in Transylvania’ by ESN Romania took place in Brașov county.

This year ESN Romania welcomed approximately 950 students, all of them being beneficiaries of an Erasmus+ study mobility. Everyone took part in the proposed activities – amongst which we had a Halloween celebratory party inside the Bran Castle, home of the infamous Dracula. At the moment these students study in 10 cities, all over Romania: Alba Iulia, Bacău, Brașov, București, Cluj-Napoca, Constanța, Craiova, Iași, Sibiu and Timișoara.

In order to get them acquainted to Transylvania’s history, the whole event included a series of activities, such as visiting the Peleș Castle and the city of Brașov or treasure hunting inside the Râșnov citadel. Besides all these, the highlight of the event was the evening spent on the grounds of Bran Castle, ending with a magnificent party there.

The students were also involved in events which support our international projects SocialErasmus and ExchangeAbility. The first one was focused on the topic of poverty and the participants were supposed to bring with them all sorts of goods that were to be donated at the end of the event. Everything that was collected from the Erasmus+ students and volunteers was later on taken by the association we partnered up with – Fabrica de Fapte Bune – and given to 4 impoverished families and around 24 children. The second project, ExchangeAbility, was meant to raise awareness on the daily life obstacles people with disabilities face. The whole event ended with the implementation of another one of our projects, namely Responsible Party, which promoted responsible drinking amongst the foreign students.

The participants – both Erasmus+ students and ESN volunteers – had 4 days full of activities, laughter, new friendship, cultural learning and immersion into the traditions, legends and amazing sceneries Transylvania has to offer.

The event was organised with the support of: ANPCDEFP, Primăria Râşnov, Love+, Fitbit, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Epson, Questo and Fabrica de Fapte Bune.