At HighBall Halloween, "You are what you wear," or so the event's tagline says.

At HighBall Halloween, "You are what you wear," or so the event's tagline says.

If sales at Flower Child, a vintage clothing store in the Short North, are any indication, zombies will be big again, as will the '80s.

"We're having a whole '80s resurgence right now," said Joe Valenti, the store's owner. "I've had people ask me for parachute pants."

Others have chosen to emulate Boy George, George Michael from the Wham! era and characters from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

The '90s grunge look isn't too far behind, Valenti said.

Because Flower Child is not a costume store, customers have to piece together their look.

"People come in and they don't know what they want to be," Valenti said. "They come in here and they have to think outside the box."

The ninth annual HighBall Halloween, hosted by the Short North Alliance, is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, on High Street between Nationwide and Goodale boulevards. High Street will be closed between those two points until roughly 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

Betsy Pandora, executive director of the Short North Alliance., said the event will attract up to 15,000 revelers per night.

"It will be bigger and more extravagant than ever," she said.

Admission is $10. VIP tickets are $75 in advance or $80 or at the gate, and include admission to the HighBall Halloween Haute Castle party, which is presented by White Castle. Castle-party patrons will have access to endless sliders, private bars and indoor restrooms.

On Oct. 21, HighBall will pay tribute to David Bowie. Attendees are encouraged to dress like the iconic rocker who died earlier this year.

Prizes will be given for best costume, and a karaoke tent will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight for patrons to belt out their favorite Bowie tunes.

Live entertainment will include Damn the Witch Siren, Fabulous Johnson Brothers and Robert DeLong, who makes instruments out of discarded video games.

On Oct. 22, HighBallers will be asked to come with their "best Halloween look," Pandora said.

Again, prizes will be presented for best costume.

DJ Charles Erickson, drag queen Nina West, Nick D' & the Believers and Mojoflo will round out the evening's entertainment.

At 10 p.m., the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show will feature eight design teams that will show off creative outfits. The show will be followed by a public costume contest.

Both nights, the Columbus Museum of Art will help revelers with their costumes and Salon Lofts will assist HighBallers with makeup.

The street will be lined with beverage tents and food trucks, and the Amazing Giants -- towering stilt walkers -- and Catrin and Catrina, oversized puppets, will roam the crowd.

Both Valenti and Pandora were hesitant to talk about clown outfits, given the recent spate of clown-related crimes and threatening behavior.

Pandora said she expects to see some clown outfits.

Valenti said his store is being careful selling such a costume.

"I know we sold one with the promise it wouldn't be used for scariness," he said.

gseman@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekGary