HighBall Halloween Is Headed To EXPRESS LIVE!

Previous Costume Contest participants at HighBall

For the first time ever, HighBall Halloween is headed to a new location.

This year’s celebration will take place at EXPRESS LIVE! on Saturday, October 23. The event will be hosted by Virginia West and NBC4’s Matt Barnes and Monica Day. Performers MojoFlo and The West Family, and both the White Castle Costume Couture Fashion Show and the Out of the Closet Public Costume Contest will all take place on the outdoor stage.

Proof of vaccination and masking will be required for all attendees at this year’s festivities. PromoWest Production and AEG have strict COVID-19 protocols that go into effect on October 1. HighBall Halloween will be limited capacity to 4,000 attendees to allow for increased social distancing.

“It’s important that HighBall Halloween returns as an in-person event this year, and more important that we execute it as safely as possible,” said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director, Short North Alliance. “HighBall is such a special time for the community to celebrate creativity, diversity, and imagination. It’s also the single most impactful fundraiser for our organization, supporting the Short North Arts District’s public art, marketing, events and programs, and more, all of which support our small business community. We need all of those things more than ever, and thanks to EXPRESS LIVE! we’re able to deliver all of the above safely.”

Early-bird General Admission tickets for HighBall Halloween 2021 start at $30 and VIP at $70, with ticket prices increasing to $35 and $75 respectively on Friday, Oct. 8. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here or via the EXPRESS LIVE! Box Office located at 405 Neil Ave.

The new location comes with a ticket price increase, but it also provides new amenities. There will be ample concession areas, indoor restrooms, and elevated viewing. If you snag a VIP ticket, you’ll receive a select number of complimentary drinks, food from Mikey’s Late Night Slice, optimal stage viewing with seating, and access to the EXPRESS VIP Lounge, which includes a private bar and restrooms.

If you want to show off your costume on stage, you can compete in the Out of the Closet Public Costume Contest or participate in the HighBall Halloween 2021 Model Casting Call where participants for the White Castle Costume Couture Fashion Show will be chosen.

If you’d like more information, event updates, or to purchase your tickets, you can visit highballcolumbus.org.

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