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A light display illuminates the ruins of the historic Whitby Abbey on October 24, 2017 in Whitby, England. The famous Benedictine abbey was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula and will be illuminated during the English Heritage event over seven nights during Halloween and the Half Term period to celebrate that history. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel, Dracula, turned 125 this year. What better way to celebrate than to dress up as a vampire? That’s exactly what 1,369 people did last week in the UK, thus setting a new Guinness World Record.

According to UPI, the ghoulish gathering happened on May 26, which just happens to be World Dracula Day. Stoker’s story was published on May 26, 1897. The vampire enthusiasts were aiming for 1,897 in honor of the publication year, but the 1,369 people who showed up were enough to break the previous record of 1,039 people, set in Virginia in 2011.

The gathering took place at Whitby Abbey (top) in Whitby, England. The abbey’s Gothic architecture served as inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel. In order to break the record, the participants had to wear black pants, skirts or dresses, black shoes, waistcoats, and shirts. Oh, and of course a black cape or collared overcoat and set of artificial fangs were also required.

 

Incidentally, 2022 also marks the 100th anniversary of the original Dracula movie, Nosferatu. You can see the trailer for that and other movies based on Bram Stoker’s iconic character below.

‘Dracula’ Movies Through The Years

  • Nosferatu (1922)

  • Dracula (1931)

  • Horror of Dracula (1958)

  • Scars of Dracula (1970)

  • Dracula (1979)

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

  • Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

  • Van Helsing (2004)

  • Hotel Transylvania (2012)

  • Dracula Untold (2014)