Vampire Facts for Kids

Vampire facts for kids? Just what can you learn to help you understand even more about these creatures of the night that are currently so popular in common day entertainment outlets? What about the history and common mythology?

All right, in response to several questions I have received about vampires, I decided to collect and compile as many vampire facts and factoids as I could and list them below. So as you can imagine, this will be an area that will be subject to change as I add new material here from time to time.

Since there are probably thousands of vampire myths and legends that can all be attributed to the vampire, I will do my best to list as many of these as I can find. And it may be that some of these are conflicting but that is not entirely impossible since stories about vampires can vary so much.

And even more interesting, I think, are the artistic licenses many authors take in changing the abilities of their own vampire characters. Because of this, vampires in Bram Stokers time versus what they are in "True Blood" or even "Vampire Diaries" may be very different - even though they are basically the same subject or character.

So, let's get started learning as much as we can about vampire legend and basic vampire facts right away. And if you know of some vampire facts that we have missed, please feel free to contact us using the form below. Here are a few things to get us started:

  • Basically they survive on blood, usually human blood, but some vampires have chosen an animal only diet at some point in their "un-life" in an effort to not eat from or kill any human beings. Louis in "Interview with the Vampire" opted this lifestyle for a time as well as the entire Cullen clan in the "Twilight Saga's".
  • Vampires are people who have died and been "reanimated" as vampires. Sometimes they are called, "The Undead" or "Immortal".
  • Vampires have fangs and often will bite a human's neck to drink from them. Sometimes they will drink from the vein on your thigh ("True Blood" is a big fan of this) and other body parts such as the wrist and chest but I have even seen them bite people on the head in movies, such as "The Lost Boys".
  • In most tales vampires can be killed by the use of a wooden stake through the heart. It's not that easy to kill them since vampires have super-human strength.
  • They are super fast and can also "glamour" humans, which is the ability to put them in an almost trance-like state where the human will obey the vampire's demands.
  • People are turned into vampires by being bitten by a vampire. Typically, they also have to drink the vampire's blood in return to become a vampire. If they are just bitten and drained of blood, they will die. If they drink the vampire's blood, they will wake up as a vampire themselves.
  • Their habits include sometimes sleeping during the day, not eating food, being very pale, being super hot (lol), and remaining young looking forever.
  • They have some weaknesses too, depending on which "Vampire Universe" you are in. These typically include sunlight (but some vampires have found ways around this, such as through the use of special rings, heavy sunblock, being very old and powerful, etc.).
  • Some merely "sparkle" in the sunlight so they just don't go out in it. In this way humans don't discover them to be vampires.
  • Wooden stakes, vervain (an herb), holy water, silver, and crosses are also used to maim or kill vampires.
  • Sometimes vampires can be hybrids (a half vampire - half human being). For example, the character of Blade is a "Daywalker" - half vampire, half human. The ones in Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy Series" are half vampire, half human, "Moroi's".
  • There are some other supernatural creatures that can go up and fight vampires, such as werewolves and demons. "The Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV show often had demons in the mix.
  • It can take special training to kill and fight vampires, such as in the case of "The Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (who was born "The Chosen One" to can slay vampires). She is human but also is endowed with super strength, power and skill to battle vampires.
  • Vampires have to be "invited" in your home. They sometimes can trick you into "inviting" them in so that they can attack you. But this rule can help you keep them out of your home and keep you safe.
  • Some say that if you get a vampire bite, the ones that do not drain all of your blood, that you’ll retain some of the vampires excellent traits that humans often dream of, like having silky smooth skin, excellent eyesight and being super agile. I prefer the Prince from Meg Cabot’s “Insatiable” or Thierry from LJ Smith’s “Night World” - I would have the power to read minds, control emotions and of course live forever.
  • Another common vampire fact: they sleep in coffins

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"There was no male vampire type in existence. Someone suggested an actor of the Continental School who could play any type, and mentioned me." -- Bela Lugosi

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