Halloween races have the potential to be a ton of fun — or a complete disaster. It’s all about finding the right costume that not only looks good, but that also performs under pressure. We put together running costumes ranging from ultra-simple to ultra-hilarious. You can probably make these costumes with gear you already have, plus a few fun additions … or use it as an excuse to snag a couple of new things.
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THE COMIC NERD: THE FLASH
This iconic superhero runs faster than the speed of light. (Comic nerds will remember he once raced Superman around the world, and won.) Pair red tights with a long-sleeve top rather than buying a catsuit for the occasion. To make his logo, cut a white circle out of felt, and a yellow one in the shape of a lightning bolt, and glue or tape them onto the front of your top. Add a red beanie and a red half-face mask if you’re really serious about it.
THE RETRO FAN: ‘80s JOGGER
Neon is in, so this costume is an easy option for those who’ve already embraced the trend. Opt for for the brightest, loudest colors and mixtures of patterns that you can find. Or go ‘80s chic — think the ‘cool family’ in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and go as metallic as possible with this gold anorak. (For a more subtle look, these colorblocked leggings plus a shiny Members Only-style Fly By jacket are pieces that you can wear after Halloween.) Add a sweatband with a high ponytail (crimp your hair if possible), plus wristbands. Bonus points if you can find a cassette tape-playing Walkman, and rock it clipped to your waistband.
THE MOVIE BUFF: FORREST GUMP
You’ve probably had someone shout ‘Run, Forrest, run!’ at you during a training run, so why not really go for it this Halloween in a Forrest Gump costume? Perfect for the guy with the big beard, though it’s easy enough to run to any Halloween store and pick up a fake one. This is also an excuse to wear your rattiest, oldest, comfiest running clothes and call it a costume. Or, go for the clean cut Tom Hanks running-in-office-clothes version. Just make sure you’ve practiced some of your Forrest quotes to drop throughout the day, and leave the party with “I’m pretty tired … I think I’ll go home now.”
THE SPORTS FAN: WORLD-CLASS SPRINTER
Pick your running hero and either steal his or her personal style, or opt for a more general “runner” costume by wearing a super-pro running kit: think short-shorts and a singlet. But to keep the competitive spirit alive, add a medal (of course). Carry a torch or a flag if you want to get even more street cred. Definitely make your party entrance in style by bringing along a bluetooth speaker to blast “Eye of the Tiger” as you walk through the room.
THE COMIC GENIUS: ELDERLY SPEEDWALKER
You know who I’m talking about. The fabulous ladies who speedwalk through your park at the same exact time every day. They have perfectly coiffed white hair, viciously bright tracksuits that they bought back in 1992, coral or hot pink lipstick and a fanny pack that isn’t being worn ironically. You’ll need a ‘grandma wig,’ plus a tracksuit. There are Halloween specific vintage tracksuit options, of course, but you can also cobble an outfit together with some shiny sweatpants and a matching bomber jacket like this UAS Relay. Make sure your fanny-pack is color-coordinated, of course.
THE LAST-MINUTE COSTUME: MARATHONER
Hey, we’re not judging. Use your finest running gear — heavy on the gear portion — and go as your favorite character: a runner. Really sell it, don’t just throw on a T-shirt and shorts. Think high socks, running cap, T-shirt from a marathon you’ve done, the biggest sports watch you can find, some ridiculous sports sunglasses and a sweatband for your wrist. Bonus points if you use a pen to write out pacing strategies on your forearm and constantly talk about your fueling strategy while bobbing for apples.