HighBall Halloween Set to Thrill Short North

HighBall Halloween Set to Thrill Short North

NID Magazine recently spoke with Short North Alliance Executive Director Betsy Pandora about the Halloween party of the year – HighBall.

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HighBall, which takes place on Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22 on High Street in front of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, is in its ninth year, Pandora explained.

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HighBall Halloween helps raise money to support clean and safe initiatives, promotions, holiday campaigns, public art installations, parking management, and more in the Short North Arts District.

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In other words, HighBall Halloween makes the Short North Arts District even more incredible for all who live and visit here.

The Friday night program is called “HighBall on the Rocks” and includes a tribute to David Bowie, a public costume contest, and musical performances by Damn the Witch Siren, the Fabulous Johnson Brothers and headliner Robert DeLong.

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“DeLong recently performed in Columbus to a sold-out crowd. He has an amazing high-energy electro-pop show, creating his own musical instruments out of old video game parts,” Pandora said.  “We think people will love it, and he’s the perfect tribute to David Bowie.”

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Saturday features the exciting Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show hosted by Nina West & the West family. Monica Day will co-host, with music by MojoFlo, Nick D and The Believers, and DJ Charles Erikson.

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The costume competition is fierce with $1000 in prize money going to the best designer.  The competitors include Shiree Houf, Que Jones, Horst & Ms. Steamy, Edina Ndebele, Hanna Rose, Juan Jose’ Saenz-Ferreyros, and Barbara Wallace.

Tickets are available here.

With 30,000 people in attendance it’s sure to be a great party.

NID will see you there, Columbus.

Tony Bentivegna

Tony Bentivegna writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine and can be reached at