Creativity competes for a cash prize at the HighBall Halloween public costume contests on Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, dress for the decades for HB: On The Rocks as we celebrate music and style icons. The best public costume contest in the nation will again grace the stage on Saturday night as HighBallers show off their most creative HighBall Halloween looks to highlight the fabulous fashion of the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show. Enter your own handiwork or cheer on your favorites. For two nights in Columbus, creativity rules the night.
10:00PM ON THE MOUNTAIN DEW MAIN STAGE
FRIDAY HB: ON THE ROCKS PUBLIC COSTUME CONTEST
MOST ROCKIN’ GROUP COSTUME
From boy bands to rock legends, pay tribute to the artists who dominated the airwaves for a chance to win HighBall Halloween’s Most Rockin’ Group Costume.
THE QUEENS OF POP CULTURE
Beyonce. Britney. Rihanna. Gaga. Celebrate the decade’s greatest female artists to compete for the title of Queen of Pop Culture.
THE KINGS OF POP CULTURE
Elvis. Steven Tyler. Usher. Celebrate the decade’s greatest male artists to compete for the title of King of Pop Culture.
Do you remember fans cheering for N*SYNC or Destiny’s Child in Times Square on Total Request Live? Celebrate the return of TRL and show Carson Daly you have what it takes by channeling ‘90s nostalgia as your favorite pop stars to win Most Iconic Music Video Costume.
Lucille Ball. Don Draper. Saul Goodman. Bring us your best interpretation of the TV characters that have made us laugh, cry and cringe to vie for Best TV Icon Costume.
RED CARPET LOOKS
Ever dreamed of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar or Tony? Recreate an iconic red carpet look or create your own to vie for Best Red Carpet Costume.
SpongeBob and Patrick. Thelma and Louise. Kim and Kanye. Dress up as your favorite famous pair to win Best Dynamic Duo Costume.
IMITATION OF LIFE
Pulling inspiration from artist Cindy Sherman, The Wexner Center for the Arts asks contestants to dress up as a famous politician, athlete, icon or singer to take home the Wexner Center for the Arts Public Costume.
HIGHBALL HORROR STORY
Looking like revenge this Halloween season? Show us your wicked or your creepy and make the judges scream in your most terrifying looks to take home the bragging rights of Scariest Costume.
BRAVE NEW HIGHBALL
Celebrate the information age, the future of technology or your favorite techno songs for a chance to win Most Futuristic Costume.
11:15PM ON THE MOUNTAIN DEW MAIN STAGE
SATURDAY HB: HIGH FASHION PUBLIC COSTUME CONTEST
From magnificent mermaids to resplendent royalty, show us your most creative Halloween High Fashion look to compete for Best Halloween Fashion.
NOT SO STILL LIFE
From DaVinci to Andy Warhol, bring your favorite painting or sculpture to life for a chance to win Wild Goose Creative’s Best Art Adaptation Costume.
Grab your friends, family or co-workers and dress to impress for the Best Group Costume.
Transform yourself into your favorite fictional character from Hogwarts, Gotham or Westeros to vie for Best Cosplay.
Is that really a costume? What are you supposed to be? Compete for this year’s Most Humorous/Unexpected Costume.
DC vs MARVEL
Let the comic strip battle begin this Halloween and dress up as your favorite villain or superhero to compete for Best Comic Costume.
CLASSIC MOVIE MONSTERS
From the monsters that haunted our screens years ago to the sinister characters of today, we want to see you pull out all the stops to vie for the title of Best Movie Monster Costume.
SESAME STREET TO BIKINI BOTTOM
Whether you were a PBS or Nickelodeon kid, let’s bring out the childhood TV nostalgia this year and compete for Best Childhood TV Character Costume.
A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
Tired of two legs, tiny canines, and useless night vision? Drop your humanity at the gates and wow the crowd with your best in winged, furry or slithering splendor to compete for the Best Animal Costume.
Columbus alive! sends the second place contestant from each category on Saturday to the audience to choose the 2017 HighBaller’s Choice winner.
PRIZE: $100 & gift package from Columbus alive!
CONTEST RULES & DETAILS
All you need to do to enter is show up! For the Public Costume Contest on either Friday or Saturday, present yourself to the Costume Contest Coordinators at the Costume Contest tent located in Spectacle Park on E. Goodale. Contestants will be able to walk on the HighBall Halloween LIFE WATER side stage during the pre-judging time.
Our expert Costume Contest Coordinators will conduct preliminary judging of each entrance all night until 9:00PM Friday and until 10:00PM Saturday. Costume Contest Coordinators will determine admission into the contest, as well as placement into a specific category, and will give Costume Contestant buttons to those who are accepted. Once accepted, you are free to leave the Costume Contest tent and enjoy the HighBall festivities. At 9:00PM on Friday and at 10:00PM on Saturday, approved Costume Contestants need to return to the tent to begin lining up for public judging. Please review our HighBall Halloween Weapon and Prop Policy here.
Please note all contestants must fit into one of the defined categories to be in the contest. No more than 10 contestants for each category will be selected to compete. There may be fewer contestants, but no more than 10 for each category.
FRIDAY HB: ON THE ROCKS
Tom Butler, CD102.5 | Stephanie Terseigini, Jolie | Marc Desrosiers, Kiln
Maren Roth, Rowe Boutique
SATURDAY HB: HIGH FASHION
Erica Thompson, Columbus alive!| Densil Porteous, Wexner Center for the Arts
Shannon Hardin, Columbus City Council