The myths surrounding vampires go back for thousands of years, and have occurred in different cultures around the world. From red-eye monsters in China to Greek Lamia, the variety of vampires is almost endless. The type of vampires that we're familiar with today largely have Eastern European origins. Vampire myths in Europe came from the Far East, and they spread along the Black Sea area to the Balkans, Greece, and over to the Carpathian Mountains, including Transylvania and Hungary.
The modern perception of vampires still retains threads of its former "manifestation" such as the return from death, preying on humans, and blood drinking. However, the Halloween costumes involving evening clothes attire and the vampire that turns into bats are recent concepts. Many aspects of the old myths, such as placing poppy seeds at the grave to keep the vampire occupied counting seeds, instead of preying on humans, have almost disappeared from modern perception.