I love Pumpkins in the Park.

I love this annual 5k race so much, in fact, that I am actually running it this year. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and public celebrations of it in this city tend to be wonderful and full of adventure. Fleet Feet puts on the event in Lincoln Park, where adults and children alike are encouraged to dress up, participate in festive activities, and of course, haul ass along the scenic paths.

Past Participants. Source: mychicagoathlete.com

Proceeds benefit the Chicago Park District’s Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival, helping it continue its 60-year tradition of bringing artistically-diverse theater to the public. If you’ll be there, look for me. I’ll be the one covered in fake blood and/or hugging a little dinosaur.