by Kayleigh Kuhlman


On October 24 and 25, the Short North Arts District will be host to Columbus’ 2014 Highball Halloween, an annual event that pairs fashion and fantasy. Highball is a fast-growing event, with crowds of 25,000 expected at this year’s two-day extravaganza. General admission is $5, or $50 for VIP tickets.

HighBall 2012 Costume Couture Ryan Richmond by John Nethers

Founded in 2008, Highball Halloween is entering its seventh year, and its second year as a two-day event. Betsy Pandora, executive director of the Short North Alliance, said that last year’s event was hugely successful, and let us in on what’s in store for this year’s event.

Kris_MisevskiThe Highball: On the Rocks concert, whose inaugural theme is “THE BIG ’80s,” will feature a variety of bands performing their favorite ’80s songs, as well as some of their own music, on Friday night. The show will be headlined by ’80s pop star Taylor Dayne. Attendees are encouraged to dress the part and participate in a public costume contest for the ’80s-themed night.

Highball_  October 25, 2013_Brent_MackeySaturday kicks off with the Runway Run 5K, in which runners participate in costume. Highball Halloween’s premiere event is the costume couture fashion show that will take place on Saturday night. Fashion designers and costumers team up to create a runway show that features four looks imagined by the designer and created by the costumer. The runway show will be emceed by entertainer Nina West again this year, and eight designer-costumer teams will be included. The show will be followed by a general public costume contest where participants can strut their way down the catwalk for a chance to win their own prizes.Sen_Bai

For more information visit the Highball website at http://highballcolumbus.org.

Photos courtesy of the Short North Alliance