Halloween Hustle 5K Race to End Childhood Hunger. Photo by: Junior League of Greater Orlando

Halloween Hustle 5K Race to End Childhood Hunger and Nemours Children’s Health System Kids Fun Run takes place October 23, 2014. Photo by: Junior League of Greater Orlando

The fall is prime running season and full of fun races for families to enjoy. Many runners can be seen rocking costumes during races throughout the year, but October is the perfect time to get the most mileage out of your Halloween costume by participating in a Halloween run. Increasingly popular, Halloween themed races can be found in almost every city across the country, making it easy for you to get your race on even if you’re traveling.

While some races aim to scare runners, you don’t have to get chased by zombies to take part in the fun. Many Halloween runs are geared toward families and have several distances to accommodate smaller kids and strollers as well as those looking to tackle longer distances. Festivities often include a post-race soirée – Monster Mash, anyone? – and prizes for the best costume. Like many races, you can also look for a Halloween fun run that benefits a charity or supports the local community.

Find a Fun Run


When searching for a race on-line make sure to read all the event details on the race’s website thoroughly. Things to look for include:

Dates and times
Start and finish line location
Size of the race (how many participants)
Age requirements
Race distances
Time requirements
Costume rules
Registration information
Race number pick-up

Photo by: Atlanta Half Marathon

Photo by: Atlanta Half Marathon

Here are five Family Fun Halloween Runs to get you started:

Halloween Hustle 5K
Orlando, FL

Wicked 10K
Virginia Beach, VA

Halloween Half Marathon Series
Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; North Carolina; San Juan

Monster Dash
Chicago, IL; St. Paul, MN; Ft. Worth, TX


Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K/5K
Los Angeles, CA and San Diego, CA


Know of a fun or freaky Halloween run in your area? Please share in the comments!