Three Active Halloween 2012 Events to Work Off That Candy

I discovered Emma Rae’s Halloween site this summer as I was researching Halloween content for Funtober and put it on my list of websites to mention. So when Emma contacted me to ask if she could do a guest post about an upcoming zombie run, I agreed. I hope you enjoy it. Here’s Emma:

Three Active Halloween 2012 Events to Work Off That Candy

The deliciously fun and freaky Halloween holiday brings the promise of costumes, decorations, and lots and lots of candy. According to an October 2011 article in the Huffington Post, “the average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy” and “the average American eats 24 pounds of candy a year, and most of that is likely consumed right around this time.”

Oh my. Kind of makes you think twice before reaching for that bowl of funsize Snickers and candy corn, doesn’t it?

Bearing that in mind, there are a few great Halloween events coming up this year to get you moving that will make for a healthier holiday. So put down the candy bowl, sign yourself up, and get out there and move!

1. Run for Your Lives

For 3.1 miles of obstacles, thrills, and evasion of zombie invasion, sign yourself up for the Run For Your Lives 5K race. You get a belt with flags that represent your lives, which the zombies will try to steal from you. If the zombies take all your flags, you guessed it–zombies win. But don’t worry; there are health bonuses hidden throughout the course that you can find to help you make it to the finish line alive. You can be a runner or a zombie or a volunteer, but no matter what you end up as, undead or alive, there’s a great apocalyptic party at the end of the race. Find more information at

2. Thrill the World

Pay homage to one of the greatest artists of all time and get some sweet moves to dazzle and amaze your friends by participating in Thrill the World, “an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’”, that has taken place every October since 2006. Thrill the World 2012 will take place on Saturday, October 27th at 7 pm GMT. If there isn’t an event near you, you can organize your own! Be a part of a world record-setting event and dance off some of those calories that come with this time of year. Find tutorial videos and event listings on their website,

3. A Halloween Run Near You

Communities throughout the nation host races of varying lengths—5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, full marathons—in October where all sorts of ghouls and creatures and characters can be seen running the course in full costumed glory. Or, if costume races aren’t your thing, you can get down and dirty with a mud run/obstacle course. After all, you’re never too old to play in the dirt. Check your community newspaper and online calendar of community events for an event near you.

While you might be tired and winded after participating in one of these activities, you’ll certainly feel better about yourself than if you stayed home and ate all that candy. Get a fun change of pace this Halloween with one of these active events.

Emma Rae Curtis is a costume, makeup and accessories expert that loves Halloween. If you enjoyed this guest post, you can follow her on her website, Twitter and Pinterest.

Photo by mebrett.

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