The Most Fun Haunted Runs This Halloween

The Most Fun Haunted Runs This Halloween

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The Most Fun Haunted Runs This Halloween

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Not only do crisp, cool temperatures and gentle breezes make for the perfect running conditions, but during this time of year festive, Halloween-themed fun runs begin popping up all across the country. Is there a better way to celebrate the season than with a festive fun run? A great part of it all is that with so many events to choose from runners of all abilities and ages can join in on the Halloween race scene.

Devil’s Chase in Salem, Massachusetts

6.66 devilish miles make up this diabolical dash through Salem, Massachusetts. Those who are doubtlessly demonic can cast a bid for the chance to race with bib number 666 pinned proudly to their shirt. In past years it’s sold for more than $200, which is no surprise considering it also comes with a totally tempting goody basket. This year's will include prizes valuing more than $500. The next run is on October 28.

The Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon in Voorheesville, New York

It has been rated one of the best theme races in the U.S. You get to run from giant gorillas and squirrels chasing after you. If you want to get faster, sign up for this run. Seeing graveyards bearing your name and a chainsaw-wielding maniac in the midst will definitely make you run for your life. Sections of the course are decorated in the spirit of Halloween. The next race is on October 29.

Halloween Half Marathon in Atlanta, Georgia

This fun costume and Halloween themed event adds a unique twist to the traditional half marathon & 5K event.  Many of the runners & walkers tackle the 13.1 or 5K courses deck out in full costume, which makes it all the more amusing and enjoyable for bystanders. Some of the more popular costume themes include a superhero, villain, scary, funny, and HUH? for those that don’t fit in any class. There are awards for the Top 3 in each Age Group category.  There will also be prizes for participants with costumes that stand out. The next run is on October 29.

Haunted Half Provo – several locations


From apple-bobbing to doughnut-eating Haunted Half participants can expect to break for much more than just water and Gatorade along this 13.1-mile course. While the race doesn’t involve any brain-hungry zombies or menacing monsters, runners must make their way through several “Spook Zones” like the Tunnel of Terror, the Ghostly Graveyard and the Fearsome Forest. And at the finish line, they’ll find fun treats like the “Mummification Station,” “Donuts on a Noose” and even a Trick or Treat Tent.

Wicked 10k in Virginia Beach, Virginia

This is a fast and flat 10K course that takes runners along the gorgeous Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Other races include the Old Point National Bank Monster Mile, Mini Monster 1K, and the Pumpkin Smash Challenge. Wear a crazy, creative, scary, spooky costume for the Costume Contest to be eligible for prizes including cash. The next event is scheduled for October 27-28.

Boos, Brews and Brats in Manistee, Michigan

Get ready to have a scary good time in downtown Manistee.  You can be a part of a lot of family-friendly events. Several all-day activities for children have been scheduled such as pumpkin painting, trick or treating and a, of course, a costume contest. The moms and dads can run the Zombie 5k run, the half a mile Zombie Pub Crawl and the Monster Bash which includes live music.The next run is October 28.

LA Cancer Challenge in Los Angeles, California

This Halloween-themed charity event is held each year in support of pancreatic cancer research. So not only is it an opportunity to dress up and have fun running, but also to raise awareness and funds for a great cause. Plus, with a Fit Family Expo, Halloween Kids Zone, 4-Legged 5k Dog Walk and an adult costume contest, it’s the perfect way for the whole family to kick off the season with some good-hearted Halloween fun. The next run is on October 29.

The Great Pumpkin Haul in Littleton, Colorado

If your idea of Halloween fun includes hauling the heaviest pumpkin you can find for two miles (or more), then sign yourself up for The Great Pumpkin Haul. Lug your big orange orb through fields and forests and over creeks and hay bales to prove your fitness in the most festive fashion. Make sure you hold on tight to your pumpking the whole way though, because only those who finish without dropping it are considered winners. The next event is on October 28.

Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon & Freaky 4-Miler, Florida

This festive half marathon held each year in Miami celebrates all things Halloween. Runners are absolutely encouraged to show up at the start line dressed in costume and each year the organizers create a new theme for the race that takes life through everything from the logo artwork and t-shirt designs to the highly coveted race medals.  The next run is on October 28.

Haunted Hill - Diamond Hill’s Demon Run in Cumberland, Rhode Island

Put both your physical and mental strength to the test as you make your way through this seriously spooky 5k obstacle course. Not only will you be challenged to tackle all the usual mud-run-type obstacles, but you’ll also have to face killer scarecrows, Michael Myers and a handful of other Haunted Hill psychos. Not everything about the race is evil, though. All entry proceeds go to the Town of Cumberland's Park and Recreation Youth Programs and the race is followed by a family-friendly fun day

The Monster Dash – several locations

The Monster Dash hosts Halloween half-marathons, 10ks, and “fun run” (non-scored) 5k races in Chicago, St. Paul and Fort Worth all through the fall. Runners are invited to dress up during the race and can enter their costumes to be judged in the post-race costume contest. Judges rate costumes based on originality, execution and perhaps most importantly, its ability to be worn while running.

Panic in the Dark in Lowell, Massachusetts

Self-proclaimed as the “original nightmare obstacle run,” Panic in the Dark is a festive 5k fright fest. Runners wear headlamps as they set out into the dark of night and race along a haunted course filled with zombies, monsters, ghosts and ghouls. The event creators promise to turn your worst nightmares and favorite horror movie scenes into a race-day reality, so only sign up if you're really ready to face your biggest fears.