HighBall Halloween 2023

4:00 pm - 11:59 pm


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.

For the first time since 2019, the event will return to High Street!

A Fantastical Evening

  • Hosts Virginia West and NBC4’s Matt Barnes and Monica Day
  • Performances by The Amazing Giants, Virginia West & The West Family, Mojoflo, Anna and the Annadroids, and The Orphan The Poet
  • The out-of-this-world Costume Couture Fashion show, featuring 7 designers
  • A chance to win multiple $100 cash prizes during the Public Costume Contest
  • Cocktails from Middle West Spirits, plus beer and food vendors
  • And more!

Take your HighBall Halloween experience to the next level with VIP!

  • Premium stage viewing
  • 8 drink tickets
  • Free food
  • Private tented area with seating
  • Full private bar service
  • Private restroom access
  • Plus goodies!

Costume Couture Fashion Show

Seven talented designers will return to the stage to compete for a cash prize in the Costume Couture Fashion Show. Each designer will present one out-of-this-world costume couture creation and three supporting fashion designs that are strutted across the stage. A panel of judges will determine who takes home the top prize of $1,000, as well as second and third place.

Public Costume Contest

The public will also get to strut across the main stage in front of the crowd of thousands for a chance at multiple $100 cash prizes in the Public Costume Contest. Official categories will be announced soon!


General Admission: Access to the nation’s most elaborate costume party – HighBall Halloween! (Required for ages 13+)

  • Early Bird Pricing: September 1 to October 20, $10 + fees
  • Regular Pricing: October 21 to October 28, $20 + fees
  • Group Pricing: October 21 to October 28, $70 + fees for 4 tickets

VIP: Take your HighBall Halloween experience to the next level! VIP ticket holders will get premium stage viewing, 8 drink tickets, free food, free custard from Shake Shack, a private tented area with full private bar service and restroom access, plus goodies!

  • Early Bird Pricing: September 1 to October 20, $75 + fees
  • Regular Pricing: October 21 to October 28, $90 + fees

Drink Ticket Bundles: Get your drink tickets in advance so that there is nothing stopping your HighBall Halloween fun!

  • $15 + fees
  • Each drink ticket bundle includes a pack of 5 drink tickets.
  • Beverage pricing at the event is as follows: A non-alcoholic beverage: 1 ticket, Beer and Seltzer: 2 tickets; Mixed drinks: 3 tickets.
  • Individual drink tickets ($3 each) and drink ticket bundles can also be purchased on site.

HighBall Halloween Ticket Purchase Disclaimers:

  • All sales are final and non-refundable.
  • Please bring a Photo ID and purchase confirmation to any will call location located at any gate to redeem for a wristband.
  • HighBall Halloween is an all age’s event, however, all attendees must be 21 to consume alcohol. Photo ID with age verification must be shown for every alcoholic purchase on-site at the event before drink tickets may be redeemed for alcoholic purchase.
  • 2023 costume and prop guidelines are coming soon.

HighBall Halloween Supports:

Proceeds from HighBall Halloween go to support the Short North Alliance (SNA), a 501(c)3 non-­profit organization serving both the property owners and business owners of the Short North Arts District. HighBall Halloween helps to underwrite the programs and activities of the Short North Alliance year-round, including community well-being initiatives, critical business support and advocacy, clean and safe initiatives, new public art works, creative promotions and events, like Gallery Hop and holiday campaigns to support small businesses.