Ready to embrace your "dark" side?

Well, we're a long way from Halloween, but no matter. If you have an urge to delve into all things Vampire, Lycan, and Goth, you're are invited to the first ever "Tyler Area Vampire Ball," February 16, from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. at 324 E. Locust Street. The evening's itinerary includes the "Voguish Vampire Contest," Gothic Belly Dancing, psychic readings from The Fickle Witch Mysticisms, music from DJ Darksurge, and more.

Ever met vampire royalty? You'll have the chance to bid at the Ball to have dinner, as a VIP, with your choice of members of the Royal Vampire Court of Tyler. In addition, bid on rune sets, a haunted doll, and other silent auctions items, as well.

Enjoy some unique shopping with vendors including Wooden Journals & More, who will showcasing their tankards, books of shadows, and of course, wooden journals, just to name a few of their unusual offerings. Bruce Henry Originals will also be offering temporary airbrush and glitter tattoos...just to name a couple.

Enter the costume contest for some "wicked winnings," sip some bewitched beverages and watch, or dance to the entrancing sounds of Darksurge. So, if you find the dark and mysterious enchanting and are over the age of 18, click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Speaking of costume, there is not an official dress code. Naturally though, costuming and/or darker clothing would be most appropriate for carousing with creatures of the netherworld, wouldn't you agree?

Just be sure and get to bed before the sun comes up, you wicked ones.