FOR TWO NIGHTS, CREATIVITY RULES COLUMBUS!

Does your HighBall Halloween look have what it takes to win? Creativity competes for a cash prize at the HighBall Halloween public costume contests on Friday and Saturday nights. Enter your own handiwork or cheer on your favorites.

CATEGORIES: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

Dungeons & Dragons & Dress Up, Oh My!

Transform into your favorite fictional character to vie for Best Cosplay.

Prize: $100

Far Out

Get nostalgic and show us your best 70s looks to compete for Grooviest Costume.

Prize: $100

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.

Prize: $100

Rockin’

Pay tribute to the icons who dominate the airwaves for a chance to win HighBall Halloween’s Most Rockin’ Costume.

Prize: $100

Squad Goals

Grab your friends, family, or co-workers and dress to impress for Best Group Costume.

Prize: $100

Tubular TV

Bring us your best interpretation of the TV characters that have made us laugh, cry, and cringe to vie for Most Tubular TV Icon

Prize: $100

CATEGORIES: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

#what?

Is that really a costume? What are you supposed to be? Compete for this year’s Most Humorous/Unexpected Costume.

Prize: $100

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.

Prize: $100

Animaniville to Zootopia

Whether you were a Nickelodeon or Disney kid, let’s bring out the childhood nostalgia this year and compete for Best Childhood Character.

Prize: $100

Couture Cosplay

Transform into your favorite fictional character from Hogwarts, Gotham, or Westeros to vie for Best Cosplay.

Prize: $100

Haute Halloween

From magnificent mermaids to resplendent royalty, show us your most creative Halloween High Fashion look to compete for Best Halloween Fashion.

Prize: $100

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.

Prize: $100

Squad Goals

Grab your friends, family, or co-workers and dress to impress for Best Group Costume.

Prize: $100

HighBaller’s Choice presented by Out of the Closet Thrift Stores

Out of the Closet Thrift Stores sends the second-place contestant from each category on Saturday to the audience to choose the 2019 winner.

Prize: $100

CONTEST RULES & DETAILS

Our expert Costume Contest Coordinators will conduct preliminary judging of each entrant to determine admission into the contest, as well as placement into a specific category, by ensuring costumes fit within these criteria:

– Costumes should be attention-capturing and scream excitement, artistry, and imagination
– Costumes should be creative, well-executed, bold, and visually stunning
– Costumes must fit within one of the costume categories for each night*
– Costumes that are too minimalist, offensive, vulgar, and/or store-bought will not be permitted entrance**

Preliminary judging will occur until 9:30 PM Friday and until 10:30 PM Saturday, and accepted entrants must complete a Google Form to receive a Contestant wristband. Once completed, Contestants are free to leave the Costume Contest tent and enjoy the festivities. At 9:30 PM on Friday and at 10:30 PM on Saturday, approved contestants must return to the entrance of Hall A to line up for public judging on the HighBall Halloween Main Stage. Prizes for each category are $100 checks, to be sent via regular mail, or available for pickup at the Short North Alliance offices, on or about 10/28/2019. Prize checks not claimed within one month of the event will be forfeit.

*No more than 12 contestants for each category will be selected to compete.

**Please review the Weapons & Props policy before entering the HighBall Halloween event site.