HighBall Halloween returns with high fashion + creative costumes in Columbus, Ohio

HighBall Halloween is back with familiar favorite events + newly added must-dos.

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For the first time since 2019, HighBall will be held as a street festival. | Photo via HighBall Halloween

It’s time to have a ball, CBUS — a HighBall Halloween, that is.

For 15 years, HighBall Halloween has been the ultimate celebration of elaborate costume designs combined with a thorough love of high fashion. Local designers, regional creators, and national influencers all hail into the city each year to showcase their craziest concepts. Tickets are on sale now for this one day event on Sat., Oct. 22 on Goodale + Park streets.

Though this year will feature many of the iconic events that have made this decade+ old event what it is, it has also added a focus on family and pets this year. From 2 p.m.-6 p.m., kids, parents, and dogs can stop by HighBall to find a costume contest for kids, a street band + free Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (‘nuf said).

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You are what you wear at HighBall Halloween. | Photo via HighBall Halloween

Of course, the main focus of the event are the adult costume designs, and you’ll be hard pressed to miss them. Designs range from extravagant headdresses to wedding dresses that would make the corpse’s bride jealous — each one just as eye-grabbing as the next. This costume couture contest kicks off at 10 p.m.

But what’s a ball without accouterments for the attendees? At HighBall, you’ll be able to sip locally crafted cocktails from Middle West Spirits, or munch on tacos from Condado. Other local highlights include Cameron Mitchell, Columbus Brewing Company, and White Castle.

Don’t forget about the pups, either. With the new focus on dogs, BarkBox has sponsored this year’s event, including a dog costume contest at 5:15 p.m.

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