How about an altogether different kind of Valentine's celebration? Get 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 second "Tyler Area Vampire Ball," February 15, from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. at 2112 West Front Street. The evening's itinerary includes the costume contest, Gothic Belly Dancing, psychic readings, entrancing music and more.

Enjoy some unique shopping with vendors who will showcasing their "nefarious goods," enter the costume contest for some "wicked winnings," sip some bewitched beverages and watch, or dance to the music of the night. 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.