Running Halloween Ideas

While they may not all be spooky, these running costumes are great for a themed group run or even going door or door. So tie up the running shoes and get in the spirit of the holiday.

Kathrine Switzer

Why it’s a good running costume

In 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant. During her run, race official Jock Semple attempted to stop Switzer and grab her official bib; however, he was shoved to the ground by Switzer’s boyfriend, Thomas Miller, who was running with her, and she completed the race. It was not until 1972 that women were allowed to run the Boston Marathon officially

What to Wear

A set of grey sweats and plain white number 261. Bonus, make it a group costume and get someone to dress up as race director Jock Semple and Thomas Miller.

Steve Prefontaine

Why it’s a good running costume

Prefontaine’s was a long distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. His career, alongside those of Jim RyunFrank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers, generated considerable media coverage, which helped inspire the 1970s “running boom.” He was known for his mustache and his long locks of hair that parted as he ran.

What to Wear

Large fake mustache, sideburns, a white USA tank, and short short track shorts.

Tortoise and the Hare

Why it’s a good running costume

It’s a classic racing story that everyone knows. Plus it’s a fun couples costume. The question is, who gets to be the Tortoise and win?

What to Wear

Hare- a tan or brown tracksuit or shirt and leggings, Rabbit ears, and get ready to sprint everywhere you go.

Tortoise- Green shirt and leggings. Cover a stuffed backpack in a darker green cloth for your shell. Walk everywhere really slowly.


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Why it’s a good running costume

Is your refrigerator running? Better go catch it! Turn this old prank call into a fun costume. Plus you can see if anyone gets the joke.

What to Wear

White cardboard box with arm and head holes. Draw handles and doors on the front. Add fun items like magnet letters and family photos. Pair with running shorts and shoes.


Port – 0 – Potty

Porta-Potty | Best Race CostumesWhy it’s a good running costume

A staple part of every long-distance runner’s life. They can be your lifesaver or your worst nightmare.

What to Wear

Cardboard box with an extra piece to make the roof. Paint the box blue to look like a port-o-potty. Carry around extra toilet paper.

Make it a couples or group costume by adding runners standing in line.

More honorable mentions and ideas for running costumes:

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  • Marathon Pacer
  • Superwoman or Superman
  • A Running Shoe
  • Forest Gump
  • Turkey Trot
  • Bib Number
  • Race Car
  • Runny Nose
  • Photogenic Race Photo
  • What I actually Look Like Running Meme
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Running Playlist
  • And last but not least… everyone’s favorite terrible pun – the Halloweiner! Simply put on a hot dog costume and voila!

Now go forth and be festive and maybe even win the best costume at your next Halloween party!

No matter what you decide to go as this Halloween, just remember to have fun with it! And if you’re feeling extra festive, why not take your costume for a test run by entering into a themed race or fun run? There’s nothing like getting into the holiday spirit by doing what you love – running!