Halloween Runs and Races
Finding the motivation to work out during holiday events can be tough, but getting active on Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. Whether you want to head out with the family on a costumed 5k or dash away from demons and zombies after dark, there is a Halloween race out there for you. If you’d like to join in, check out the following spooky race options from around the country.
Middleton, WI // October 20 – 21, 2018
The Haunted Hustle is perfect for families. Runners can choose from the 5k, 10k, or half marathon. A new offering is the The Spooky Duo, which is a two-day challenge that combines a 5K on Saturday with a half marathon or 10K on Sunday. There are even several options for the kids, including 0.25 mile, 0.50 mile, and 1 mile races. After your race, make sure to stay for live music, bonfire, s’mores, beer, concessions, and kids’ activities.
Burkittsville, MD // October 20, 2018
Burkittsville is a top choice for several spooky reasons. It is where the The Blair Witch Project was filmed, home of the legendary Spook Hill, and adjacent to a cemetery where Civil War soldiers were temporarily buried. If all of that ends up being a bit too scary, you’ll be able to take the edge off with post-race wine tastings on the Spook Hill Tasting Trail. Don’t forget to grab your wine glass race swag on the way there!
Sleepy Hollow, NY // October 27, 2018
Is there really a better location for a Halloween race than Sleepy Hollow? This course takes runners through Historic Sleepy Hollow’s best sights, including the Hudson River, Headless Horseman Bridge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and the Old Dutch Church. Stick around after the race for live music, beer tasting, and activities for the kids. Don’t forget to dress up; there will be prizes for the best costumes!
Denver, CO // October 27, 2018
If obstacle races are more your style, you definitely don’t want to miss this one! Participants pick out a pumpkin and head out on a two-mile course through the woods while hopping over and crawling under all sorts of obstacles. Try to make it through without dropping your pumpkin – it’s harder than you think! You can complete the course alone, on a team, or with the kids.
Salem, MA // October 27, 2018
Here’s another chance to run through a historically scary spot. Runners will get a chance to race past many of Salem’s most well-known landmarks. The Salem Common, Salem Witch Museum, and the House of Seven Gables are just a few. According to town folklore, you’ll also be running past an actual haunted house. Dress in your best devil costume to win prizes. And, yes, costumes like Deviled Eggs and Devil’s Food Cake totally count!
Atlanta, Miami, Fayetteville, & Petersburg // October 21 – 29, 2018
This series includes half marathons and 4-milers in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. While the courses and crowds will vary from state to state, the common theme is that all runners end up having a frighteningly good time. As a bonus, these races have some of the best Halloween-themed medals around. You’ll definitely want to run year after year and start your own collection.
Anywhere // October 17 – November 5, 2018
If you are having trouble finding a local Halloween race, virtual races are always an option. Participants will use the Zombies, Run! App to take part in a thrilling audio-driven story that progresses throughout either a 5K or 10K race. The special “mission” makes this much more exciting than a typical virtual race, and running after dark could make it even better. All runners will receive access to the mission, a finisher’s medal, certificate, race bib, and coloring book.