Last year, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office won the annual Coffin Races for the second year in a row. Here, Michael Mai, Alex Meier, Dean Growdon, Dustin Russell, Michelle Wolf and Tim McDowell pose after crossing the finish line. File photo

Safe and Sane Coffin Race registration open

It’s officially Halloween when decorated coffins eerily race down Main Street in Historic Uptown Susanville, and there’s still time to get a group together and join in on the ghoulish fun.

The registration deadline for coffin racing ends Monday, Oct. 28, and there are some rules the participating crews have to follow in order to partake in the annual haunted race during the Safe and Sane Halloween event Thursday, Oct. 31.

In addition to racers being alive, all coffins must have one helmeted rider inside the coffin during the race and there can be up to four runners or pushers catapulting the undead down the track.

Additionally, the coffins should be a minimum of 2 feet wide and 5 feet long and a maximum of 3 feet, 10 inches wide, including handles, and 8 feet long. The coffins must have four firmly attached wheels that do not exceed 8 inches in diameter, including the tires. The wheels must be within the overall dimensions of the coffin.

Ropes are not permitted to pull the coffin, and four handles must be securely attached; however, a push bar on the front and rear of the coffin instead of the two of the handles is allowed.

Moreover, a functional steering mechanism is not permitted and the decorations should not exceed the maximum width and length, but may extended up without limitations.

There is no registration fee, but forms must be returned to the Lassen Chamber of Commerce by Monday, Oct. 28 by stopping by the office at 1516 Main St. in Susanville, or by mailing them to PO Box 338 Susanville, CA 96130.

Registrations forms can be found at