Founded in 2008, HighBall Halloween began as a one-night event centered around our signature Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show, where teams of local designers compete for the top spot and a cash prize. Now a two-night event staged in the fashion-forward Short North Arts District on High Street, HighBall Halloween also includes a street party, live art, electrifying stage performances, and a public costume contest. On Friday, HighBall: On The Rocks is a concert honoring fabulous fashion. On Saturday, HighBall: High Fashion highlights fashion during our Public Costume Contest and Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show.

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Hosted by the Short North Alliance (SNA), HighBall Halloween helps raise money to support clean and safe initiatives, promotions, holiday campaigns, public art installations, parking management, and more in the Short North Arts District. In other words, HighBall Halloween makes the Short North Arts District even more incredible for all who live and visit here.


What is HighBall Halloween?

HighBall Halloween is the nation’s most elaborate costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District. Be a part of the HighBall Halloween street spectacle and model yourself on High Street and at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear.

Where is HighBall Halloween?

HighBall Halloween is an indoor/outdoor event in 2019, with the main stage located inside Hall A of the Greater Columbus Convention Center and additional programming outside on High Street.

Where can I park for HighBall Halloween?

See our lodging, parking, and transit information here. The closest parking garages to HighBall Halloween will be the Goodale Garage and the Vine Street Garage.

Where do I get in?

Enter the event at our two main gates, one at Swan and High Street, and the other at Vine and High Street. VIP ticket holders should enter the Greater Columbus Convention Center Directly from doors off of Goodale and checkin inside of Hall A.

Can I leave and come back?

Re-entry is allowed as long as you have your HighBall Halloween wristband.

Do you accept credit/debit cards at HighBall Halloween?

Cash or credit are both accepted for admission and drink ticket sales. 

How much are drinks/drink tickets?

Each drink ticket is worth $2.00. Beverage pricing at the event is as follows: Soft Drinks: 1 ticket, Regular Beer: 3 tickets, Premium Beer: 4 tickets, Mixed Drinks: 4 tickets. Please note, this is for drink tickets only, admission is sold separately.

What if it rains?

No worries! Because HighBall Halloween 2019 is an indoor/outdoor event, in the event inclement weather, attendees can stay dry and warm in Hall A.

Are there any restrictions for costumes at the event?

Our Public Costume Contest Categories can be found here. Please review our HighBall Halloween Weapon and Prop Policy.  

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately we recommend that dogs stay home for this event (except for service dogs). It is a very crowded environment with a lot of stimuli and we can never be sure how animals will react when they are overwhelmed. 

Is HighBall Halloween 21+ only?

HighBall is an all ages event, however only those who are 21 and up may consume alcohol. Children 2 and under get into the event for free.

Is it kid friendly?

HighBall Halloween is an all ages event. At HighBall Halloween we focus on the fantasy and costuming elements of the Halloween season, so the stage performances are not designed to frighten. However, it is a public event and there are many costumes on the streets. It should also be noted that there will be alcohol present at the event. Since our first event 12 years ago, there have always been HighBallers both big and small and we have yet to receive any complaints about appropriateness for children.Children 2 and under get into the event for free. I hope this has helped to inform your decision. 

How can I get involved in HighBall Halloween?

You can check out all the ways to get involved in HighBall Halloween here.

Why is HighBall Halloween 2019 taking place on October 11 & 12?

Since HighBall Halloween will be an indoor/outdoor event this year, we worked with the Greater Columbus Convention Center to choose a weekend that would make for the very best experience for HighBallers both in and outside the Convention Center.