Races That Are One Big Costume Party

These year-round races encourage costumes, perfect for runners who can't get enough of Halloween.


Get in the Halloween spirit year-round at events that encourage creative race apparel.

Dress -Up Duty
Get in character to go the distance at the Marine Corps Marathon. Typically held near Halloween, this event always includes a plethora of costumed runners. Run to the finish in Arlington Cemetery and you will be awarded a medal by a uniformed Marine. One of the most exhilarating race experiences I’ve ever had, this is one run for every runner’s bucket list!
When: 10/25/15
Where: Washington, DC

Fearful Fashion
Jump-start your heart at the Wicked 10K in Virginia Beach, where on-course zombies will chase you to the line. With no time limit, this race welcomes speedsters and walkers alike. Everyone earns sweet bling, but those with the best garb are eligible for special prizes.
When: 10/31/15
Where: Virginia Beach, VA

Character Parade
Disney Races, particularly the Princess, Star Wars and Avengers half marathons, funnel runners (many of whom dress up like characters) through different theme parks on one-of-a-kind courses. Check out registration dates early, as the events tend to sell out fast.
When: Multiple dates
Where: Florida and California

Virtual Reality
Perfect for someone like me who is deployed and can’t get to a live race—the virtual Nerd Herd Racing Series allows runners to choose their own course. Each race is themed (think: Star Wars, Doctor Who and Harry Potter), encouraging participants to dress the part. Don’t forget to snap a pic of your costume in order to qualify for awards.
When: Multiple dates
Where: Anywhere!

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