Prime Social Group and Peerless really outdid themselves this time. Haunted Fest 2016 was a sight to behold.
Columbus residents also lucked out this year. Due to a cancellation in Pittsburgh, we were blessed with not one, but two nights of the best goddamn Halloween party in the land.
The ravers were really out in full force, and the atmosphere was so pulsating, you were immediately enveloped within the nightlife vibe, the effect being nearly hyperreal.
Walking up to the Lausche Building at the Ohio Expo Center the first night, the silent disco was rocking, and the drinks were flowing.
I looked toward the stage, and couldn't imagine how I was going to get anywhere near the front.
The enormous room was filled to the brim with people getting down.
Marshmello put on a killer set, featuring his unique blend of future bass, future house, progressive house, and trap. He has really come a long way since remixing Jack Ü's hit "Where Are Ü Now." Marshmello played a diverse mix of original tracks, and seamlessly blended them with crowd-pleasing favorites by others.
The crowd was primed and ready by the time Kaskade took control of the night.
If you've never seen Kaskade before, you are missing out. This beastly machine of a DJ has been in the business of spinning records longer than a lot of his fans have been alive. His mix of progressive house is brilliant.
He has a way of expertly mixing in pop songs, in such a manner, that you HAVE to move you body. Probably one of the many reasons he has been voted one of the best DJ's in America multiple years now, even going so far as to rank among the top 100 in the world.
Grooving to artists such as Anna Lunoe, the Party Thieves, CID, Gallants, Brillz, San Holo, and local favorite Corrupt, I don't know if I've ever seen such a huge crowd of high energy, fun loving people, but if I have, they weren't at a party like this one.
Between the talent, the incredible production value, and the sheer magnitude of the venue, Haunted Fest was likely the best dance party Columbus had to offer in 2016.
Based on how much the event has improved in the last few years, moving from the convention center to the fairgrounds, the production keeps getting better.
I can't wait to see what next year's Haunted Fest has in store for us.
For once, hell yes, this was real life.
About Eli Rousculp
Eli Rousculp writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine.