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HighBall Halloween in Columbus

Part carnival, part Cirque de Soleil, part Mardi Gras… a lot Halloween!

Do you think you make the best Halloween costumes ever? Do you like to dress up the entire family…despite their oppositions? Are you a fashion designer at heart?

If you are looking for the absolute perfect place to showcase your Halloween costume talents and are moving to Columbus, enter yourself into what is quickly becoming the nation’s largest Public Costume Contest EVER at HighBall.

Put on your thinking cap and start creating the craziest Halloween costume in town, get dressed, and come to HighBall to be a part of the Halloween magic!

HighBall Halloween is one of the most highly anticipated Halloween events in Ohio. The festivities take place directly on High Street in the blocks connecting the famed Short North Arts District to the Arena District and Downtown Columbus.

The most talked about Halloween event in the Midwest, the event includes electrifying stage shows, intriguing street performances, public costume contests, and more! The event's centerpiece, the Costume Couture Fashion Showdown, combines fantasy, fashion, and Halloween into one incredible show, featuring local and national costume designers.

The two-day event has a price tag of $5 and proceeds go to support the Short North Alliance, a non-profit organization that serves both property owners and business owners of the Shorts North Art District. Proceeds help the SNA initiatives such as holiday campaigns, public art installations, and parking management.

Since its establishment in 2008, HighBall has grown with both local and national attention from publications such as The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First, Columbus alive!, The Toronto Sun, and Columbus Underground. In 2013, FOX News called HighBall “the single most elaborate Halloween event in the country.”

Featured Events are:

• 5K Costume Zoom – Fun Run

• Kid’s Day costume contest and festival

• Dogtober pet costume contest

• Ohio State vs Penn State Tailgate and Watch Party (with a twist)

• Muralists

• Cinematic makeup artists

• Costume Couture Fashion Showdown for professional designers

• HighBall Costume Contest for everyone else

• The Nina West stage show

• Bands, DJs, and dancing in the street

• Crafts and workshops


Attendees describe the massive Halloween festival as the largest Halloween costume party in the entire world and the event maintains to be successful through its artful depiction of Halloween, celebrating the great costume designs of the spooky holiday.

With over 25,000 costumed attendees in 2013, the Halloween event reached saw its best year yet and looks forward to what 2014 brings.

For more information on event dates, times, and for costume ideas, view the photo gallery at highballcolumbus.org.