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Costumes will be wild, sexy at 10th annual Halloween event

There are Halloween events for kids. Then there are Halloween events for mommy and daddy and other adults.

It should be obvious to folks which group goes to the Portland Erotic Ball, considering Saturday night at the Crystal Ballroom features a fetish stage, burlesque shows and exotic dancers, and an after-hours party at porn star Ron Jeremy's Club Sesso.

The Portland Erotic Ball, celebrating its 10th anniversary, gets going at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, and peaks from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

'It'll be outrageous, but not distasteful to anybody,' says Joshua Ryan, the event's co-producer. 'It'll be interesting, not overboard.'

The 10th annual event has been very popular, with 1,500 attending last year. Tickets were still available this week - they'll be $30 in advance (www.portlanderoticball.com), $35 at the door.

It is a costume-mandatory party, and some people's costumes might not include tops. A costume contest splits $5,000 and prizes to Most Original, Sexiest Couple and Best Group.

'It's a great event for people who want to see a lot of eye candy,' Ryan adds.

It's sponsored by the Crystal Ballroom, KINK-FM and Stars Cabaret. Pepe and the Bottle Blondes and The Slants provide live music.

'This year we have more deejays because people want to dance,' says Pepe Raphael, another event producer. 'And, our burlesque acts are the best on the West Coast.'