The List: 5 Reasons to go to Highball Halloween
HighBall is celebrating its fifth year this Saturday as *the* Halloween party of Central Ohio. Thousands of costumed partygoers will take over a section of closed-off High Street on Saturday from 5pm to 1am for drinks, entertainment, food, live music, light shows, fashion and more.
If that’s not convincing enough for you, here’s five more reasons you won’t want to miss this year’s event:
1. The New Location!
Every year, Highball has moved up and down High Street, changing locations and connecting with different groups of neighboring bars and restaurants that join in the party. This year, Highball takes place further south between Goodale Boulevard and Nationwide Boulevard, so you’ll be able to grab a pint at Barley’s, a cocktail at Martini or some grub at Deepwood or Knead while in costumed glory.
2. $1,750 in Cash Prizes for Best Costumes of the Night!
If you’ve got a killer costume then you’ve got a chance to get pulled up on the main stage to parade around and potentially win $1000! Or $500 if you get second place, or $250 if you get third place! Or just a whole bunch of fun even if you don’t win!
3. Drinking in the Middle of High Street!
It may sound silly, but we think there’s something magical about being able to stand in the middle of High Street without getting run over and openly consume adult beverages while lights flash and music thumps. It’s probably about as close as you’ll get to a attending a rave in the middle of the city with both Nina West and Mayor Coleman in attendance!
4. The New Hilton Hotel is Open!
Over 500 brand spanking new hotel rooms just opened last week, which will tower right above Highball this year. That means that if you need a place to crash, you’ve only got a few feet to walk to get to an elevator to your room! The Hilton is even offering a special Highball Party Package for $159 and Regular Rooms Rates at $135.
5. Rocky Horror After Party!
A short walk away, the Arena Grand is hosting an after party with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which starts at midnight. But this is no ordinary movie theater seating! The film will be projected up on the three-story lobby walls so that patrons can enjoy drinks from the bar while not missing the movie. The event is BYOT though (bring your own toast).
So… get your costume finished up this week and we’ll see you at Highball!
More information can be found online at www.highballhalloween.com.
Photo of Highball Halloween 2011 by Alison Horn – www.alisonhorn.com.