The Best Haunted Races For Runners – The Top Scary Runs In The USA

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As we talked about in our big list of the 50 best themed races across the country, Halloween is a big time of year for fun races that promise to scare you into running faster. 

If you’re looking to change it up a bit this October, check out our list of some of the best haunted races in the US.

Not ready for these events? Check out our guide to getting race-ready quickly.

Devil’s Chase on Oct. 28 in Salem, Massachusetts

This 6.66-mile run will feature more than 1,000 devils wearing horns and capes. Soak in the history of Salem, which became famous for its witch hunts and offers a spooky backdrop for this run.

Learn more about the race and see a picture of the “Run Like Hell” cup you can buy to commemorate your race, here.

Run Scream Run 10k/5k on Oct. 7 in Ypsilanti, Michigan

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This is a scary good time the whole family can enjoy. With costume divisions and t-shirts and cool medals for all finishers, you’ll never forget this experience.

Check out this race’s glow-in-the-dark pumpkin medal here.

Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5k on Oct. 7 in Chicago, Illinois

This 5k might just scare your running pants off. You trot or walk through this 350-acre cemetery at night.

You’ll see mausoleums and headstones, and then take part in the post-run festivities. Learn more here.

5th Annual Run of the Dead on Oct. 14 in Liverpool, New York

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This 5k run will make you feel like you are starring in a real-life zombie movie. You’ll have to fight your way through obstacles in your path to survive this one.

To see a short, terrifying video of what you’re in store for, visit here

The Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon and Squirrelly Six Mile on Oct. 29 in Voorheesville, New York

You’ve never seen anything quite like this racing experience. There’s so much to take in — from the giant gorillas and squirrels that are hot on your heels to the graveyard featuring your name — that the miles will fly by.

Read the details here.

Halloween Half Marathon and 5k on Oct. 29 in Atlanta, Georgia

With costumes and kick-ass Halloween-themed medals that are unique every year, this race focuses on one classic Halloween character each year. Every finisher receives a medal, both in the half marathon and in the 5k.

Learn more here.

Zombie Chase 5k on Oct. 7 in Dayton, Oregon

You’ll spend your run sprinting away from zombies while taking on various obstacles in your path. Runners can either choose to be a zombie or a fleeing citizen, and those with the best costumes will take home prizes.

Learn more here.

Haunted Half Provo on Oct. 28 in South Fork, Utah

This race offers a half marathon or 5k option. You’ll see some over-the-top costumes on this course, and there will be a rockin’ party area after you finish, complete with Monster energy drinks.

The event also takes place in Austin, Salt Lake, and Phoenix if those locations might serve you better. 

Learn more here.

Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5k and Fall Festival on Oct. 14 in Lisle, Illinois

A great event for families, this course contains slight hills and offers a costume contest, hayrides, a bonfire, food, face painting and more. If you’re looking for a race that gives you that Halloween feel while you run in the dark, but you don’t want to be scared out of your mind, this one’s for you.

Sign up here.

Wicked 10k on Oct. 28 in Virginia Beach, Virginia

We’d go to this race just to see the live Thriller dancers that appear. But it offers much more than that — thousands of competitors, costumes, music, tomato and cheese soup, Blue Moon beer, beautiful scenery, a technical shirt, prizes and a bottle opener finisher medal.

Learn more here.

Boos, Brews and Brats on Oct. 28 in Manistee, Michigan

This is a great family event with plenty of all-day activities for children — there’s a kid-friendly movie, pumpkin painting, trick or treating and a costume contest. For adults, there is the Zombie 5k run, the .5k Zombie Pub Crawl and the Monster Bash with live music.

Get the details here.