5 Halloween-Themed Races to Consider Running This Year

Halloween is almost here, which means it’s time to get out the horror movies and creepy costumes. It’s also the time when scary-sweet goodies are close at hand, threatening to sabotage our clean-eating diet plans. Instead of binging on candy corn and chocolate, consider a healthier way to spend your Hallow’s Eve: a spooky workout. The crisp October weather promises ideal running conditions, so joining a race on Halloween is a great way to celebrate. No matter your fitness level, there are plenty of spooktacular running events to choose from.

So, before you settle into a candy coma or scary movie marathon, why not head outside and run an actual marathon – or at least a 5k? Whether you’re running from zombies or racing against devils, a festive Halloween-themed run is the perfect way to combine fitness with fun with year.

Panic in the Dark

Panic in the Dark Halloween race
Panic in the Dark

LOCATION: Green Bay, WI

DATE: October 21st, 2017

Are you a fan of horror flicks? Now is your chance to put your scary movie knowledge to the test. Panic in the Dark is a 5K run and obstacle course that, for extra fear factor, takes place in the dark! As the self-proclaimed “Scariest Race in the Country”, the route includes haunted areas complete with creepy creatures to run you off course. This race promises to make all your nightmares come true, so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

Sleepy Hollow Halloween 10K

Sleepy Hollow Halloween 10k
Rivertown Runners

LOCATION: Sleepy Hollow, NY

DATE: October 28th, 2017

If you’re going to run a race on Halloween, you might as well do it at one of the country’s spookiest locations! Sleepy Hollow is said to be a haunted village, and is the setting of the famous ghost story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The 10k race will take you past some famously frightening sights, like the Headless Horseman Bridge and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Watch out for ghosts as you make your way to the finish line!

The Zombie Mud Run

the zombie mud run
The Zombie Mud Run

LOCATION: East Windsor, NJ

DATE: October 28th, 2017

If you’re a seasoned runner looking for a new challenge, try adding some flesh-eating zombies to the mix! This 5k run includes obstacles such as mud pits, ladders, and tunnels – all swarming with blood-thirsty zombies! Try to make it to the finish line alive, or else join the undead. After the race, participants can head to the Human Salvation Party for even more freaky fun.

Devils Chase 6.66 Miler

Devils Chase 6.66 Miler
Devils Chase 6.66 Miler

LOCATION: Salem, MA

DATE: October 28th, 2017

The Devils Chase is a 6.66 mile run in historic Salem, Massachusetts, a location best known for its famous Witch Trials. The race starts out on Dead Horse Beach, and takes runners through the “Halloween Capital of the World.” If you plan on joining the race, make sure to pack some devil horns with your sneakers – there are prizes for the best dressed devils! So go join in the fun, and run like hell!

The Great Pumpkin Haul

Pumpkin Haul Halloween race
The Great Pumpkin Haul

LOCATION: Littleton, CO

DATE: October 28th, 2017

The Great Pumpkin Haul is a scenic two mile race that takes runners through fields, forests and gardens. But what gives this run a unique Halloween twist? You have to complete it while carrying your own personal pumpkin! Before the race begins, participants must pick and weigh their very own pumpkin, then haul it all the way to the finish line. Whatever you do, don’t drop your pumpkin – it will make a great Jack O’Lantern once the race is done!