15 Spooky As He** Halloween Half Marathons

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“We are, deep down, still runners, whether or not we declare it by our actions. And our minds, as much as our lungs and muscles, are a vital force that empowers our running.” — Bernd Heinrich, ‘Why We Run’


1) Shades of Death Half Marathon • Allamuchy, NJ

Run along New Jersey’s infamous Shades of Death Road, this race is associated with all manner of scary stories. History and legend tell of murders here as well as Native American tribe members whose souls are rumored to inhabit the dark, shaded forests nearby.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 • Race info & signup »

2) Upper Cumberland Haunted Half Marathon • Cookeville, TN

Set among the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, this Halloween-themed race runs through the small city of Cookeville, starting on the campus of Tennessee Tech University.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 • Race info & signup »

3) The Haunted Half Austin

Set to run an all-new course at J. Lorraine Ghost Town, an Old West-styled theme park built to look like a real Western town that once stood just a few miles away, this race follows a course organizers say “is so flat, it’s scary!”

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 • Race info & signup »

4) Run Like Hell Half Marathon • Portland, OR

Now something of a running tradition in Portland, this Halloween-themed race sees participants dress out for the event in full costume for a run through this city’s urban parks and along the Willamette River.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 • Race info & signup »

5) Atlanta Halloween Half Marathon • Atlanta, GA

Runners are wholeheartedly encouraged to come dressed up in costume, for which there will be awards — fastest hero, fastest villain, fastest funny costume and fastest scary costume, as well as a category they just call the fastest “huh?”

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 • Race info & signup »

6) Florida Halloween Halfathon • St. Petersburg, FL

Filled with views of white-sand beaches and the ocean just off the course, this race starts and finishes in Fort de Soto Park, following a boomerang-shaped route along the seashore.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 • Race info & signup »

7) Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon • Los Angeles, CA

Run along a mostly flat course that takes runners from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the campus of the University of Southern California to downtown L.A. and back, this race sees runners come dressed out in every costume you can imagine.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 • Race info & signup »

8) Haunted Half Marathon & Boo to Brew Relay • Kingsport, TN

Featuring a “wicked fast” course with little elevation change, this double-loop race is all about fun with costume contests and music and spooky decorations along the course.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 • Race info & signup »

9) Haunted Hustle Half Marathon • Middleton, WI

Designed to take runners past several of this city’s haunted sites, this race unfolds along a combination of city streets, residential neighborhoods and paved and natural trails along the creek just north of downtown that feeds into Lake Mendota.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 • Race info & signup »

10) Screaming Banshee Half Marathon • Potterville, MI

Run as a benefit for the locally based Capital Area Humane Society, this race in the small town of Potterville, just outside Lansing, features a Halloween costume contest and a race for kids.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 • Race info & signup »

11) Oktoberfest 13.1 Half Marathon • Philadelphia, PA

This German-themed race through Philadelphia’s Pennypack Park features what organizers call “German carbohydrates” (they mean pretzels) served at each of the aid stations along the race route, which of course are maintained by ladies dressed up as St. Pauli Beer girls.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 • Race info & signup »

12) Stephenville Lions Spooktacular Half Marathon • Stephenville, TX

Run through this small Texas city that calls itself the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” this race unfolds through the farmland areas to the southwest of the city, with rolling hills and long, mostly gradual ascents and declines throughout the race.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 • Race info & signup »

13) Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon • Voorheesville, NY

A Halloween-themed trail race that takes runners through the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, this race features plenty of challenging hills, deep woods forest lands to run through, wet and inclement weather conditions at times, and plenty of natural beauty surrounding you as you run.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 • Race info & signup »

14) Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon • Cedar Park, TX

Set for its 3rd annual running here in this suburb of Austin, this race is mostly flat with some downhill sections through a series of residential neighborhoods, at which runners are welcome to wear their craziest costumes — or not.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 • Race info & signup »

15) EVL Halloween Half Marathon • Ellicottville, NY

A race through the rolling hills of western New York, cool fall temperatures and the chance to run in your favorite Halloween costume, any character you want, awaits runners at this race here in “EVL” — short for Ellicottville.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 • Race info & signup »

2 comments… add one
  • Missy September 5, 2018, 8:28 pm

    I wish We had more options/varieties of fun runs like this in Massachusetts.It always seems like all of the fun ones are in every state except MA.Would love to run a Halloween half and dress up 🙄

  • Suzy October 9, 2016, 7:10 pm

    Just finished the Shades of Death Devil’s Run (6.66 miles, as opposed to the half which would be a second loop of the Devil’s Run) and it was GREAT! About 450 runners, on a cool, dry morning! Minimal hills, more downhills than uphills, that I remember! Great water and food supply afterwards too! I did a PR on 6.66 and many of the half marathoners PR too!

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