Quirky Ohio: HighBall Halloween

Welcome to #QuirkyOhio, our 2017 blog series highlighting Ohio’s odd, unusual and downright wacky experiences, places and events. Follow along as we profile some of the quirkiest parts of the state!If you find yourself in the Short North on a Friday or Saturday night at the end of October, don’t be surprised if you see people dressed as boy bands from the past, Lady Gaga or Lucille Ball. The crazy, unique costumes are all a part of the annual HighBall Halloween party in Columbus. This two-night celebration in the fashion-forward Short North Arts District includes a street party, live art, performances and a public costume contest.Founded in 2008 by the Short North Alliance (SNA), HighBall originally began as a one-night event to showcase the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show, where teams of local designers would compete for the top spot and a cash prize. Ten years later, the event still celebrates couture fashion while ranking as one of the ten best costume parties in the nation.At HighBall, you are what you wear, and partygoers are encouraged to show off their costumes on stage for a chance to win cash prizes. The costume contest categories range anywhere from rockin’ group costumes, to the queens of pop culture, to TV icons or red carpet looks. All you need to do to participate is show up; the expert judges will take it from there.While fun, all of this partying is for a good cause. HighBall helps raise money to support the Short North Arts District with promotions, holiday campaigns, art installations and more.This year’s HighBall celebration had the highest attendance yet, with over 30,000 visitors! You can see photos from the event on Facebook.It’s never too early to start planning your HighBall costume for next year! What are some of your favorite fall activities in Columbus? Let us know in the comments below.