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HighBall Halloween Returns on October 31st

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The end of the summer is usually a bit of a sad moment for most in Columbus who enjoy the plethora of festivals and outdoor events throughout the warmer season, but the approach of fall is also a reminder that Halloween is right around the corner. The return of the Short North Highball Halloween is sure to be the crown jewel of the costumed holiday this October.

For those who didn’t attend the inaugural event, this year promises to be a mix of old and new. An overarching “Cirque” theme will be reflected through the costume contests, the side-show performers, and the costume inspirations for the thousands in attendance. “It’s like a cross between Carnivale and Mardi Gras with a pinch of Halloween and a healthy splash of the Short North’s artistic spirit,” said John Angelo, the Executive Director of the Short North Business Association.

The main stage competitions make their return this year with the Children’s Costume Contest, Dogtober Howloween Procession, general-public HighBall Costume Contest, and the signature Couture Costume Fashion Showdown that pits fashion professionals against each other on the runway. Thousands in cash and prizes will be given out between the various contests.

The Highball is one of the extremely rare events that closes High Street to automobile traffic and creates a pedestrian-only environment under the glowing Short North arches. Many have said that attending the event last year was worth it just for the opportunity to be able to drink, dance, and party out in the street. Ketel One and Bud Light Lime are signed on as the main beverage sponsors, and several local DJs including DJ Moxy and DJ Sonya will provide the musical entertainment.

The Highball Halloween takes place on Saturday, October 31st from 4:00pm to Midnight, and will be located on two blocks of pedestrian-only High Street between Third and Fifth Avenues in the Short North. Admission is $2, and more information can be found at HighBallHalloween.com, which relaunches on September 23rd.

More photos from last year’s event below:

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