The city will be abuzz this year as costumes, couture, and creativity come together on “Electric Avenue” at the 6th annual HighBall Halloween. HighBall is one of Ohio’s most acclaimed Halloween celebrations. The event is renowned for its blend of eye-popping costumes, outlandish entertainment, and couture fashion. The festivities are held directly on High Street in the blocks connecting the famed Short North Arts District to the Arena District and Downtown Columbus.

To commemorate its sixth anniversary, HighBall expands to two days- Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26. The experience begins Friday evening with dancing in the streets, bands, stage shows, and designer competitions.

The fun continues during the day on Saturday with activities for children and families, followed by the outrageous Dogtober Howl-o-ween pet costume contest. Saturday night returns to dancing in the streets and the highly-anticipated general public costume contests where thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.

With the support of event sponsors such as Abercrombie + Fitch, Limited Brands Foundation, Ketel One, Budweiser, Jeni’s Ice Creams, Kroger, and numerous others, HighBall has become renowned as one of the most creative, visually stunning, and exhilarating events in the Midwest.

HighBall Halloween VI
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Electric Avenue

Friday, October 25 – 5:00pm to 1:00am
Saturday, October 26 – 12:00pm to 1:00am

On High Street between Goodale St in the Short North and Nationwide Blvd in the Arena District
Columbus, OH 43215

$5.00 at the gate

More Info:
Twitter: #highballcbus

An Event Of:
The Short North Alliance, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization


  • Over $5,000 in cash and prizes
  • 1st prize of $1,000.00, 2nd prize of $500.00, and 3rd prize of $250.00 in both the general public and the professional competitions
  • Five costume categories with eight finalists in each category
  • alive! People’s Choice Award
  • “Costume Couture Fashion Showdown”
  • Real-time ultraviolet mural painting
  • Amazing Giants Stilt Walkers
  • Giant Puppets (15′ tall dancing puppets)
  • The city’s hottest DJs
  • Massive four-story-high video projection
  • Staged against the distinctive Columbus Convention Center facade
  • Featuring the city’s best food trucks and HighBall beverages
  • Parking for 10,000 cars within two blocks

Friday Night 10.25

Costume Couture Fashion Showdown
Nina West HighBall Show
Day of the Dead Celebration
HighBall 5K Costume Zoom ~ Fun Run

Saturday Day 10.26

Children’s Costume Contest and Activities
Dogtober Howl-o-ween Pet Costumes

Saturday Night 10.26

Public Costume Contest ~ $1,000.00 1st prize!
Nina West HighBall Show
Ohio State vs. Penn State Tailgate and Game Watch Street Party (HighBall Style)

Each Day Includes

UV Murals created live onsite
The Amazing Giants (Stilt Walkers)
Tommy Pietch’s Cinematic Makeup
Music and Dance Performances
Dancing in the Street