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Inside Highball Halloween

The Highball Halloween has elevated the standard-form Halloween party of Party City costumes to the single most elaborate Halloween event in the country. 

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A duo of designers teamed up for this couture costume, with Raquel Cameiro constructing elaborately painted and bejeweled wings and Betsy Stevenson creating the ethereal body and headdress.

John Nethers

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A fashion model struts down the 65-foot runway in one of designer Annie Weihrauch's  creations as professional fashion industry insiders cast their votes.

Frank Neumann

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Costumed attendees who received a "golden ticket” from crowd-roaming judges parade the Main Stage for the final general public showdown at 11 p.m. Saturday.

Tiffany Morrisue

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Former Project Runway designer Terri Stevens' imaginative design creates a spectacle on the Costume Couture Fashion Showdown runway.

John Nethers

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Home to some of the premier clothing retailers in the country, Columbus's status as a top fashion center is patently evident at the two-day HighBall Halloween celebration, including this design by Aaron James of Ruby Hill.

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In addition to professional designers, general adults, kids and pet costume contests, the Main Stage features nearly a dozen bands, DJ and drag shows and other cutting-edge live entertainment.

Frank Neumann

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The production team of more than 100 models, designers, hair stylists, make-up artists, judges, videographers and stage crew collaborate on Friday night's over-the-top Costume Couture Fashion Showdown, which featured this entry by designer Kevin Kerr.

Mark Berger

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The Saturday night General Public costume contest inspires HighBall revelers guests to vie for bragging rights and the $1000 grand prize.

Tiffany Morrisue

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More than 20,000 people converge on High Street for HighBall in the only event ever permitted to shut down Columbus's main thoroughfare.

J. Alexander Photography

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An outrageous Day of the Dead celebration features sugar skulls, esqueletos (skeleton costumes, faces and giant puppets), catrina faces painting, papel picado and DJ Cale's Grim Reaper Dance Party, pulsing with Cale's unusual blend of tribal, reggae, hip hop, mambo and more.

Frank Neumann

Inside Highball Halloween

The Highball Halloween has elevated the standard-form Halloween party of Party City costumes to the single most elaborate Halloween event in the country. 

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