While the Costume Couture Fashion Showdown (9:30 p.m. Friday) is obviously the must-see event of Highball Halloween — seriously those costumes and fashion designs are stunning — here’s a rundown of three other events and activities that should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list when partying on High Street this weekend.
5K Costume Zoom
8 p.m. Friday
Corner of High St. and Nationwide Blvd.
Whether you decide to take part in the 5K fun run or not, everyone should at least make sure to spectate. Where else are you going to find a horde of people decked out to the nines in fantastic costumes while running? It will make quite a sight. Those who participate in the run will have the opportunity to run through Chez Flesh, an al fresco cafe for upscale zombies. I wonder if an upscale zombie knows what red wine goes best with people? And by signing up for the race ($50), you’ll receive admission to Highball Halloween, a free beer, a long-sleeve T-shirt and a Short North swag bag.
The Nina West Stage Show
11:30 p.m. Friday & 9 p.m. Saturday
Nina West never puts on anything but an amazing show, and this one could be the best all year. As emcee of Highball, Columbus’ most famous drag queen will put on a one-hour show filled with hilarity and just the right amount of irreverence to keep the audience on its toes. With a show each night of Highball, you have no excuse for missing Nina in all her glory.
Public (and animal) Costume Contests
3 p.m. & 11:10 p.m. Saturday
While the couture fashion show will present amazing high-fashion, Halloween-inspired looks, the costume contests for the general public should offer equal fun. The Highball Halloween Costume Contest main stage final showdown (11:10 p.m. Saturday) will bring out the most fabulous, ridiculous and amazing homemade costumes Columbus has to offer. To take part in the contest, just be at the event between 7 and 10 p.m. Roaming judges will hand finalists a golden ticket to appear on the main stage. For more (cute) costume fun, check out the Dogtober Pet Costume Contest (3 p.m. Saturday). Who doesn’t love a pet in costume — besides the pets, that is.
Photo credit: Andrew Blight