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8 spooky things you might know about vampires


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Sink your teeth into these fang-tastic facts about this blood-sucking fictional creature.

Come on in

welcome mat

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According to legend, it's said that the only way a vampire can enter a home is by being invited inside (so you might want to bring that Welcome mat in on Halloween night!).

Not just bats

a rat

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Some legends tell that a vampire can transform into a bat, an owl, a rat or even into a wolf whenever it wants to.

Vampire pumpkins

a field of pumpkins

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In some regions of southeastern Europe, it was once believed that pumpkins or watermelons turned into vampires if left out longer than 10 days.

How to spot a vampire

a person in a forest looking into a mirror and seeing no reflection


What do some people claim to be the telltale signs of a vampire?

  • They have very sharp fangs.
  • They look very pale and have no mirror reflection.
  • Their eyes can put humans in a trance, so they obey the vampire's command.
  • They never age and can live forever.
  • They sleep during the day, often in a coffin.
  • They like to bite a person's neck to drink their blood!

Vampire repellant

a whole bunch of raw garlic

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If you think you might know a vampire, you can keep them away by staying in the sunlight and wearing garlic. They really don't like either of those things.

Famous vampires

still from the movie Dracula

Count Dracula

You may have heard of the most famous vampire of all — Count Dracula — who was said to be based on a real medieval prince named Vlad of Wallachia (the historical area of Romania). Another vampire family is the owner of a hotel for monsters — Hotel Transylvania. At this hotel, the Count Dracula runs day-to-day operations with his daughter Mavis. And let's not forget about the vampire who has a bad case of arithmomania (that's a strong need to count everything). Count von Count just can't help counting everything he sees on Sesame Street.

Did you know?

  • A group of vampires is called a clutch, brood, pack or clan.
  • The word vampire comes from the Greek word meaning to drink.