Karen Belz
Updated Oct 31, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

Somewhere out there, Tom Hanks is smiling. Why? Because a Forrest Gump impersonator has been running around Riverside, California — similarly to what his character did in the 1994 classic. This might just be the most fun and interactive Halloween costume idea we’ve seen in quite some time.

The gentleman in costume didn’t give out his actual name to news sources, staying in character and referring to himself only as “Forrest Gump.” As for his costume, the runner stuck to red shorts, a yellow shirt, a “Bubba Gump Shrimp” hat, and a bit of a disheveled fake beard — so, pretty much the exact replica of what Hanks wore near the end of his infamous “running scene.”

In the movie, Hanks decides to take a short run — yet ends up running across the country. The reason being was that he just “felt like running.”

Perhaps this impersonator had a similar motive. Unlike Gump, he’s made a few stops — notably to brighten people’s days by taking photos and participating in short interviews.

The Riverside Police Department even got a video with him.

While he seems a bit elusive, he did clue in ABC 7 as to why the costume was important for him this year.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.