12 Halloween-Themed Races to Run This Fall

Celebrate the season with these frightening 5Ks, haunted half-marathons, and festive fun runs

For some, just running a regular old 5K is a nightmare on its own. But for the craziest athletes out there, the ones who crave a thrill beyond that adrenaline rush that comes with the start of a race, there’s no better time of year than fall.

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As the leaves change color and the days grow shorter, all across the country races transform from ordinary runs in the park to Halloween-themed fright fests and costume contests. From being chased by zombies to running through wooded courses lined with menacing monsters and hauling pumpkins, to racing through historically haunted towns, thrill-seeking athletes looking for a challenge that goes beyond beating their best time don’t have to search hard for ways to celebrate the season.

The following 12 races include everything from the Headless Horseman's hometown and happy Halloween costume contests to zombies, killer scarecrows and even family-friendly fun runs complete with apple bobbing and face painting. So, whether you're after the adventure of (literally) running through your worst nightmare or simply want to prance around and show off your killer costume-making skills, these races will make all your Halloween dreams (both good and bad) come true.