With infinite time and money vampire fans could attend every event taking place this October. As it is, most of us have to pick and choose, so here are three more options to choose from:
Although it's a general horror convention, there are still a few vampire-specific diversions at Flashback Weekend; including a screening of Near Dark (introduced by Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, and Tim Thomerson), a screening of Live Evil (introduced by Tim Thomerson), and Near Dark Reunion Q & A. Special guests include Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Tim Thomerson, Mercedes McNab ("Harmony" on Buffy and Angel), and artist Chad Savage (Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club, Poppy Z. Brite...)
Ticket, pass and package info here. Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention, 23-25 October 2009, at the Wyndham O'Hare (6810 N. Mannheim Rd), Rosemont, IL.
The Festival of the Dead in Salem is more about witches and ghosts than vampires, but it does also include the Vampires' Masquerade Ball. Presided over by Empress Akima, attendees are invited to "Indulge in an evening of immortal sin and morbid lusts." The evening's entertainment includes "gothic" music by dj addambombb, a seductive harem of succubi, The Black Cat Burlesque, "Magician of the Macabre" Vlad, the Empress Akima's Dance of Blood, and a gothic fashion show. There will also be contests, gifts, and a chance to kneel before the Empress and receive her unholy communion. Needless to say this isn't a family friendly event. More info here. The Vampires' Masquerade Ball, 23 October 2009, at The Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA.
For something a little different, you might want to check out the 2nd Annual Vampire Ball, to benefit the Flint Farmers' Market. There will be live music (Voltaire with special guest Hellblinki, and Bellamorte with special guests Ego Likeness and Versailles), dancing, The Gothic Belly Dancers, psychic readings, photo ops, and a cash bar serving vamp-appropriate beverages. More info here (scroll down). The Second Annual Vampire Ball, 24 October 2009, at the Masonic Temple (755 S. Saginaw), Flint, MI.