Saturday, November 13, 2010

Halloween at Burg Frankenstein

The German word Burg means Castel. Burg Frankenstein is about 5 km south of Darmstadt in Germany. This castel was first built in 1100 and expanded in the 14th and 15th Centuries. In 1976, American soldiers stationed in Darmstadt founded an annual Halloween festival at the castle, which has grown to become one of the biggest Halloween festivals in Europe. There are few stories about this castel.

Every year there is a big famous halloween event at the castel for 3 weekends near halloween. On these weekends , there are different horror shows, enactments of some horror plays and party. Last year one of our friends told us about this and we decided to attend this halloween show and party this year.
It is necessary to buy the tickets well in advance as the tickets are limited and many people attend this shows.
Well i was very excited to go there as this was my first Halloween party ever. One day of this halloween weekend is for children above 7 years and other day is for adults above 14 years of age .
The event organisation was really good. We all have to park our cars at the bottom of the castel and from there goes a shuttle bus every half an hr. or so till the top of the castel taking all people.
When we went at the top of the burg, we saw monsters , witches , zombies , ghosts walking around , getting ready for the show.
Exactly at 7 p.m. the door to the horror world opened. We all went inside and it was really cool .....There were many graves, some torture chamber, fireworks, flaming swords . It was all dark and the people wearing masks and dresses of monster, witches, werewolves, Vampires, spirits , ghosts , orks were coming suddenly in front of us and try to horrify us. The place was full with screaming and laughfing . The special effects of lights and music increased the horror effect.
While walking, we saw there was a group of few witches and monsters who used to select randomly any person walking by and keep him/her inside an empty box and close the box for few seconds till the person inside screams .... most of the time young, blond , thin girls used to be the target :)
Once a werwolf came in front of me and pressed my nose :). One monster tried to kill me :)
At one spot there was a device called guillotine. This is a device used for carrying out executions by decapitation. It consisted of a tall upright frame from which a blade is suspended. This blade is raised with a rope and then allowed to drop, severing the head from the body and people were allowed to go there to get decaptivated just for fun. And one monster was controlling this decaptivation event :)
Soon we reached the main show area. First they started with enactment of a story of a devil and two prists as exorcists. Then there was modern dance of witches and monsters. While we were watching this, some vampires and monsters were walking among us and trying to horrify us. some people were screaming, some were clicking photos with them.
After this first show we went to other part of the castel where another show was going on. Where some witches and werewolves were fighting with eachj other and then the looser was hunged up and killed :) Then there was another show where 2 orks and some witches were fighting with each other with swords.
All these shows are repeated 3 times at different times. so that all people can see it. Every weekeend there are different shows.
After a long time we had a really interesting saturday evening. I am not sure if i could enjoy this every year but its definately worth watching once.
This was very exciting and interesting Halloween I had after a long long time.


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