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. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear!


Where is HighBall Halloween?

HighBall Halloween is located outside in front of the Columbus Convention Center on High Street from Nationwide Blvd. to Goodale and on East Goodale.


Where can I park for HighBall Halloween?

Parking and Transit information can be found here. Click here for additional resources for parking and alternative transportation in the Short North Arts District.  For the greater Downtown area in general, check out Experience Columbus’ Travel Tools. We recommend parking in the Goodale Parking Garage or in the Vine Street Parking Garage. These garages are both adjacent to the HighBall Halloween site.


Where do I get in?

There will be 5 entrances to HighBall Halloween this year. Ticket sales and entryways will be placed at Vine and High, Spruce and High, Swan Street, E Goodale and High, and Goodale and High. All ticket gates will accept will call tickets as well. Our HighBall Halloween Site Map can be found here


Can I leave and come back?

Re-entry is allowed as long as you have your HighBall Halloween wristband. If you enter the site during “Happy Hour” from 6:00-7:00pm on Friday or from 4:00-6:00pm on Saturday when we do not charge admission, you will need to purchase a wristband when you return after this time.


Do you accept credit/debit cards at HighBall Halloween?

YES! All gates and bars accept credit and debit cards for your convenience.


How much are drink tickets?/How much is alcohol?

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.


Is it cash only?

Cash or credit are both accepted for admission and drink ticket sales. If you prefer to use cash however, there will be ATMs on site at near each ticket booth. A complete map of the HighBall Halloween site is available on our website here


What time can I ___?

A complete schedule of HighBall Halloween activities in online here.


What if it rains?

HighBall Halloween is a rain or shine event. In the unfortunate event of inclement weather however we will absolutely take the necessary precautions to ensure our guests’ safety.


Are there any restrictions for costumes at the event?

Our Public Costume Contest Categories can be found on our website 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. However we are dog lovers here in the District, so please be sure to check out our events calendar for dog friendly events and activities.


Is HighBall Halloween 21+ only?

HighBall is an all ages event, however only those who are 21 and up may consume alcohol.


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 10 years ago, there have always been HighBallers both big and small and we have yet to receive any complaints about appropriateness for children. I hope this has helped to inform your decision.


How can I get involved in HighBall Halloween? 

If your are interested is modeling at HighBall Halloween, or being a performer or designer, check back in 2018 for opportunities to get involved. If you are interested in attending HighBall Halloween as a Volunteer, Photographer, or a member of the media, click here to get participate.