The Great Pumpkin HaulLittleton, Colo.; Oct. 22, 2016 1 of 13
Pumpkins aren't exactly mobile, but that's not going to impede race participants from hauling one during this two-mile race through forests, across open fields, over creeks, hay bales and other obstacles. The race takes place at the scenic Botanic Gardens with a big fall festival at the culmination of the race.
Carrera de los MuertosLos Angeles; Phoenix; San Diego; Oct. 29-30, 2016 2 of 13
The 'Day of the Dead' race isn't about zombies, nor is it a Halloween race. The Carrera de los Muertos focuses on celebrating the memories of loved ones who have passed on. Traditions include skull face paint, decorated altars, candles and other memorabilia—all that and more will be present at this race in Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego (as well as a virtual race) over Halloween weekend.
City of Lewisville Spooktacular Trails and Glow RunLewisville, Texas; Oct. 29, 2016 3 of 13
This race features an off-road course with plenty of surprises along the way. Participants will receive a shirt, medal and two glow products. Post-race activities include free entry into the Spooktacular Trails festival, which features family fun for the whole community, including a kid-friendly haunted house, carnival games, face painting and a hayride.
Great Pumpkin Chase: 10K, 5K and Kids KAlbuquerque, N.M.; Oct. 29, 2016 4 of 13
In its 13th year, the race runs through the heart of the historic Albuquerque Country Club neighborhood. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, for which awards will be issued for the best, as voted on by the race director and other employees (Tip: Be original!).
Masquerade HalfSan Antonio, Texas; Oct. 29, 2016 5 of 13
This race is more festive than frightful—unless you're shooting over par. The course runs through a world-class golf course, TPC San Antonio's The Oaks Course on a crisp October Saturday morning. The race ends with delicious post-race culinary treats on the manicured event lawn of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon & Freaky 4-MilerMiami; Oct. 29, 2016 6 of 13
Race organizers for this event say that a costume isn't mandatory, but having fun is a must (though, to be fair, a costume probably helps with the latter!). Each year, the race is organized around a different Halloween-based character, like bats, vampires, skeletons, zombies, etc., with race t-shirts and medals all incorporating that year's design. Participants eagerly await the design unveiling each year. What does this year have in store?
Spooktacular 5K & Monster MileHuntsville, Ala.; Oct. 29, 2016 7 of 13
Think of this as a costume contest, with running—with awards handed out for best costume and race placement. So, if your feet are fleet and your costume is on fleek, you have the opportunity to sweep the podium. This race is chip-timed, so get out there and allow yourself to get scared into a PR.
UNO 5K - Carrera de los MuertosChicago, IL; Oct. 29, 2016 8 of 13
This race isn't a Halloween race, but it will be run on the same weekend. It coincides with the Day of the Dead, el Dia de los Muertos, a Latino tradition rooted in Mesoamerican culture. Despite its name, the holiday is a celebration of life. This race takes place in the Pilsen neighborhood, located in the Lower West Side of Chicago. Experience baroque-style architectural buildings en route to a good time!
Whittier Spooktacular 5K Race/Walk-2016Whittier, Calif.; Oct. 29, 2016 9 of 13
If guarantees of a raucous good time aren't enough to sway you to enter this race, maybe promises of cash money prizes for top male and female finishers will persuade you. In its seventh year, this race has all the markings of a so-called "serious" race, with USATF certifications, chip times and splits at each mile. It's a family-friendly race, so bring along the entire brood.
2016 Atlanta Halloween Half Marathon & 5K eventAtlanta; Oct. 30, 2016 10 of 13
This event is more about fun than anything else. And as one of the few half marathons on our list of Halloween runs, it is bound to offer the most fun per mile—all 13.1 of it. The event is moving from nearby Cumming to the heart of the city, so this year's race should be an especially good time. Running is more fun with costumed friends, so take advantage of the registration option for teams of four or more.
8th Annual Florida Halloween Halfton & 5kSt. Petersburg, Fla.; Oct. 30, 2016 11 of 13
As if the costumed participants won't be enough to gawk at, this race takes place in Fort De Soto Park, which was named "America's Top Beach" by TripAdvisor, boasting of the beach's soft white sand, clear water and laid-back atmosphere. All kinds of post-race offerings await runners at the finish line, where the party will be just beginning.
Terrifying-10 Miler & Halloween 5K-10K-Kids RunDana Point, Calif.; Oct. 30, 2016 12 of 13
Race organizers promise you'll have a "howling" good time at this race, where they've gone all out for a fun run along the Salt Creek Regional Corridor Path. Views of wilderness areas, beach and scares await participants. The race caps at 1,000 participants, so don't procrastinate, because nothing is scarier than trying to sign up for a race that's full.