7 Best Halloween Race Costumes of 2012

Super? Scary?  Super scary, or just plain silly?  This weekend, thousands of runners will head out to a local Halloween race but answering the question “what to wear?” requires more than a quick check of the weather.

It’s costume time and we’ve taken a look at some of SignMeUp’s online registration client’s Halloween-themed races to bring you the seven best.  These aren’t just costumes, they’re costumes made to run!


1. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the super heroes!
These guys had the right idea when they picked out something to wear.  Not only can these costumes move, apparently they’ve got super powers that guarantee a strong finish.

2. Cereal!  Not serial (as in killer).
Snap, Crackle and Pop ran the Pumpkins in the Park 5K in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.  Even though this is an afternoon event, these costumes look like just the thing after rolling out of bed for a 5K.  As an added bonus, these runners could snack on their breakfast fave throughout the run.  The Pumpkins in the Park 5K is put on by the folks at Fleet Feet Sports – Chicago.  The sold out 13th annual takes place this Saturday (10/27/12) and will feature a kids race, costume contest and a post-race movie in the park!

3. Pick a Pumpkin
Maryalicia Verdecchia picked a winning costume to wear at the inaugural Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon in Lebanon, Oregon.  She ran as the runaway pumpkin herself and won the costume contest!  This year’s event, the second annual, takes place on Saturday (10/27/12) and benefits ABC House – Child Abuse Assessment Center. 

4. Earn your stripes
Where’s Waldo!?  No Halloween run would be complete without someone in these famous red stripes.  This kid looks comfortable in his costume and seems to be keeping pace at the Mooseheart Monster Mash 5K in Mooseheart, Illinois.  This year’s event took place last Saturday (10/20/12).

5. The Galloping Gourmet
He’s got the toque, he’s got the jacket, it’s a recipe for a magnificent run at the Ghosts & Goblins 5K/2K & Wellness Fair in Carmel, Indiana.  The fourth annual event, managed by long-time  SignMeUp online registration clients, Vision Event Management takes place this Saturday (10/27/12).

6. Waddle this Way
Black and white never goes out of style, especially at the Ghost Run 5K hosted by Fleet Feet Sports – Menlo Park in California.  This year’s event takes place on Saturday morning (10/27/12) and features a costume contest and a ghost chase.

7. Super Fan
You can’t go wrong supporting your team while you’re on the run.  This guy hits his stride at the FraidyCat 5K and Meow Mile in Oswego, Illinois.  This year’s second annual event takes place on Sunday (10/28/12).

One of the perks of producing a Halloween run is seeing the creativity that goes into the costumes and the start line packed with a little of everything.  The bottom line is fun.  As Lynn Youngs from the Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon said “at ABC House we work with children and we do children’s abuse assessment.  When we came up with the idea for the run, we were looking to create something inspired by kids, something that would be fun.”

What is the best costume you’ve ever seen on the run?  Share your best Halloween event photos on our Facebook page!

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