I absolutely love this time of year for road races – you’ve got the Halloween themed races over the next two weeks, the turkey trots in late November, and Jingle Bell & Santa themed runs in December. It’s a great way to make sure that you stay active throughout the upcoming busy holiday season – choose one race a month to train for!
If you haven’t registered for a Halloween race yet and you are local, we’ve rounded up a few great options for you.
Here are some Massachusetts Halloween races & one Rhode Island option (and don’t worry, if you aren’t local, you can find plenty of options by searching active.com or racewire.com!):
- Spooner 10K / Spooky 5K – New Bedford MA
This was actually the first race Terry and I ran together – it was our 4th date. It’s an easy course, there’s a costume contest, and this year, all finishers will receive a medal. Lots of fun!
- Milton Monster Dash – Milton MA
This year is the 16th annual race, and it’s held in honor of a student who passed away back in 1999. If you’re looking to sleep in a little, this race is perfect with its 11AM start time. I’ve done this race before in the past and had a great time – it’s a relatively small, easy going, family friendly event.
- Hallows Eve 5K – Lowell MA
Terry and I did this race when I was pregnant, and it was a blast. Here’s the race recap!
- Providence Monster Dash – Providence RI
In this race, you can register in the standard 5K division, or you can register to walk/jog as a zombie throughout the course!
- Devil’s Chase 6.66 Miler – Salem, MA.
This popular race attracts a good crowd and is different given its unique distance. There’s prizes for the best “devil themed” costumes!
Halloween races are always a great time too, because a) you can dress up, and b) if you hate dressing up, you still get to see all the amazing costumes other people come up with. I’m still trying to decide what to wear for my Halloween 5K next weekend – feel free to comment with any ideas!
Also, I would love to see YOUR best running costumes – feel free to post ’em on my Facebook page!
To give you some inspiration, check out the photo at the top and these pics below – all different costumes I’ve worn when running! From the very simple ninja turtle t and headband, to the more enthusiastic 80’s aerobics instructor and little red riding hood – I love dressing up. (PS – I got that little red riding hood costume on Amazon and love it!)