Last year, Running USA declared Halloween as the second most popular holiday for running, following Thanksgiving. Since 2011, Halloween race finisher totals have grown more than 60 percent, rising dramatically from 469,602 to 733,576 in 2015. In 2015, there were 1,584 Halloween races held around the United States.
So, what are you waiting for?! In the Chicagoland area alone, there are dozens of races happening throughout the next week – so, take your pick, grab a costume, and get running.
Here are nine spooky runs in Chicago and its suburbs. More races can be found at MyRacePal.
Saturday, October 28
Trick, Trot & Roll – Bensenville, IL
The Illinois Tollway is partnering with the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) to celebrate the opening of the eastern segment of the Illinois Route 390 Tollway! This unique family-friendly experience is a one-time opportunity to Trick, Trot and Roll along the new Tollway. Costumes are encouraged.
St. Nicholas of Tolentine School Day of the Dead 5K – Chicago, IL
First ever 5K Run/Walk Race, celebrating Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos will wind through the streets of St. Nick’s parish at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 28th. USATF Certified. Special pricing for Youth Dash and Groups up to 6 runners. Register or see race details now at www.stnicksschool.com Sponsors/donations welcome.
Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase 5K – Lake Bluff, IL
The 29th Annual Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase happens on October 28, 2017. Beautiful course travels through the tree-lined streets of Lake Bluff and passes by the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. There is a more competitive 5K for more serious runners and a 1 Mile Fun Run for kids and their parents. Pumpkin Fest after the races.
Halloween Hustle 5K – Palatine, IL
The 12th Annual Halloween Hustle 5k & Kids’ Dash will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. This event is held on a fast, fun, and USATF-certified course that runs through historic downtown Palatine. Immediately following the race, runners and spectators alike are invited to partake in a special after party at the Tap House Grill.
Halloween 5K – Palos Hills, IL
The Moraine Valley Health, Fitness & Recreation Center’s Halloween 5K/1K run/walk is back for its fourth year. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. while a 1K race for children begins at 10 a.m. Costumes are encouraged. Strollers are allowed on the course. In addition to the race is a Little Pumpkin’s Patch free activity area for children as well as Trunk or Treating.
Sunday, October 29
Run of the Dead Elimination Run – Libertyville, IL
We’ve created the party-race for all runners. 4.25-mile loop run on the top of every hour. There’s 8.5 miles, 17 miles, & the 34-mile ultra distance which now comes with a jean jacket! All finishers get a drinking vessel to end all drinking vessels. There’s also a hill… that stupid hill. Join us afterward at Tighthead Brewing Company.
Healthy Driven Fraidycat 5K, 10K & Mile – Oswego, IL
Don’t be afraid! The 2017 Fraidy Car 5K, Ghost Run 10K & Meow Mile take you through Oswego neighborhoods. This is a CARA certified race, and race-day registration is available on site. All participants who register for the 2017 FraidyCat 5k, Ghost Run 10K & Meow Mile will receive a long-sleeve tech shirt and reusable draw-string gear bag. This race is part of the Healthy Driven Tri-Series of Races, and those who complete all three get special swag.
Sycamore Pumpkin Run – Sycamore, IL
Runners of all ages and abilities join together at the park just east of the National Guard Armory on Route 64. The route starts at the corner of Kishwaukee Drive and heads west on Route 64 past the beautiful historic 100 year old DeKalb County Courthouse. Somonauk Street is a treat in itself. Runners will enjoy an archway that is a kaleidoscope of autumn colors. These trees compliment the lovely historical Victorian homes along that street.
Tuesday, October 31
CARA Six Series – Chicago, IL
Unlike the usual weekly event, this CARA run is Halloween themed! Runners are encouraged to wear costumes, and there will be a costume contest post-run. Meet your group at Kroll’s South Loop on Michigan Avenue for a five mile run, and after everyone will enjoy beer, appetizers and a raffle.