October is prime leaf peeping season, but it's also time for ghost stories, Halloween and visiting haunted houses.
We could visit any old haunted house in America. But we're thinking about heading to Turkey instead, because the country has two of the coolest, spookiest things we've heard about in some time: a dungeon that allegedly held the real-life Dracula and a real-life ghost town called Kayaköy.
While archeologists are still busy unearthing Dracula's old haunts, we're going to Kayaköy to explore more of this village nestled in the mountains of Turkey. According to a Slate article, the town was abandoned in the early 1920s.
Turkish officials are reportedly looking to lease the 5,000-year-old town, hoping that it will lead to a partial restoration.
If a bid goes through, officials say they hope Kayaköy's new owners will build facilities to accommodate tourists and make the village into "an international brand." The move is unusual, but it's not the first from Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism -- a previous attempt to rent the village was reportedly unsuccessful last year.
We'll be watching to see what happens with Kayaköy!