Before getting caught up in goblins, ghouls and trick-or-treating, fit in a quick run or walk and have fun with your children at the Halloween 5K on Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m., on the main campus of Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Pkwy. in Palos Hills.

Participants can walk or run the chip-timed, certified 5K (3.1 mile) loop around campus with runners starting first and prizes awarded to the top finishers. Children ages 5 to 12 also can participate in a 1K (.62 miles) run. All participants receive a T-shirt.

During and after the race there will be a free family area that includes a costume contest, trunk-or-treating, bounce house, pumpkin decorating, games, and more. Some post-race snacks will be provided by Moraine Valley’s Culinary Department.

Early bird registration ends Sept. 30 and is $35 for the community, $30 for Moraine Valley alumni, $25 for Moraine Valley students, and $10 for the children’s 1K race. The price for community and alumni increases by $5 in October. Signing up on race day is $50 for the community, $40 for alumni, $35 for students, and $15 for children.

Proceeds from the race will go toward the Moraine Valley Foundation, which provides scholarships to students.

For additional information or to register here.

For news media inquiries, contact Maura Vizza, Moraine Valley public relations generalist, at (708) 974-5742 or