October Holidays and Observances

October Holidays and Observances

October Holidays

October Holidays

Below is a comprehensive list off all October holidays and observances. Click on the link and it will take you to all the related articles for each  from everything to recipes, activities, printables, and more.

NOTE: An * indicates the observance is on the same date every year regardless of the day it falls on.

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October Holidays

October Monthly Observances

  • Adopt A Dog Month
  • Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
  • AIDS Awareness Month (President Reagan)
  • American Cheese Month
  • American Pharmacists Month
  • Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
  • Apple Month
  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • Black Speculative Fiction Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Bullying Prevention Month
  • (World) Blindness Awareness Month
  • Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month
  • Children’s Magazine Month
  • Christmas Seal Campaign (10/1-12/31)
  • Church Library Month
  • Church Safety and Security Month
  • Class Reunion Month
  • Co-op Awareness Month
  • Country Music Month
  • Cut Out Dissection Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Eat Better, Eat Together Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • Emotional Wellness Month
  • Employee Ownership Month
  • Energy Management is a Family Affair-Improve Your Home Month (10/1-3/31/13)
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month (Note: There is also one in July.)
  • Fair Trade Month
  • Financial Planning Month
  • Feral Hog Month or Hog Out Month
  • Gay & Lesbian History Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Global ADHD Awareness Month
    Global Diversity Awareness Month
    Go Hog Wild – Eat Country Ham
    Halloween Safety Month
    Head Start Awareness Month
    Health Literacy Month
    Home Eye Safety Month
    Italian-American Heritage Month
    International Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month
    International Starman Month
    International Strategic Planning Month
    International Walk To School Month
    Intergeneration Month
    LGBT History Month
    Long Term Care Planning Month
    Month of Free Thought
    National AIDS Awareness Month
    National Animal Safety and Protection Month
    National Arts & Humanities Month
    National Audiology Awareness Month
    National Bake and Decorate Month
    National Book Month
    National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
    National Caramel Month
    National Chili Month
    National Chiropractic Health Month
    National Cookbook Month
    National Crime Prevention Month
    National Critical Illness Awareness Month
    National Cyber Security Awareness Month
    National Dental Hygiene Month
    National Disability Employment Awareness Month
    National Depression Education & Awareness Month
    National Disability Employment Awareness Month
    National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    National Down Syndrome Month
    National Ergonomics Month
    National Family Sexuality Education Month – Let’s Talk!
    National Field Trip Month
    National “Gain The Inside Advantage” Month
    National Go On A Field Trip Month
    National Kitchen & Bath Month
    National Liver Awareness Month
    National Medical Librarian Month
    National Orthodontic Health Month
    National Physical Therapy Month
    National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
    National Pork Month
    National Protect Your Hearing Month
    National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
    National Reading Group Month
    National Roller Skating Month
    National RSV Awareness Month
    National Sarcastic Awareness Month
    National Seafood Month
    National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
    National Stamp Collecting Month
    National Stop Bullying Month
    National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
    National Toilet Tank Repair Month
    National Window Covering Safety Month
    National Work and Family Month
    National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
    Organize Your Medical Information Month
    Photographer Appreciation Month
    Pizza Month
    Polish American Heritage Month
    Positive Attitude Month
    Raptor Month
    Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
    Right Brainers Rule! Month
    Sausage Month
    Self-Promotion Month
    Spinach Lovers Month
    Squirrel Awareness Month (Different Than Squirrel Appreciation Day in January)
    Tackling Hunger Month
    (Campbell Soup & 2nd Harvest. Not the same as Hunger Month in September)
    Talk About Prescriptions Month
    Vegetarian Month
    Wishbones for Pets Month (10/15 – 11/30)
    Women Walking In Their Own Shoes Month
    Workplace Politics Awareness Month
    World Menopause Month

October Holidays and Observances
October Weekly Observances

*National Walk Your Dog Week: 1-7
*Universal Children’s Week: 1-7
Great American Beer Festival: 2-4
4-H Week: 3-11
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend: 3-5
*No Salt Week: 3-10
National Storytelling Weekend: 3-5 (1st Full Weekend)
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: 4-12
Fall Astronomy Week: 4-11
*World Space Week: 4-10
Emergency Nurses Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Fire Prevention Week: 5-11
International Post Card Week: 5-11
Great Books Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Mental Illness Awareness Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Mystery Series Week: 5-11(1st Full Week)
National Carry A Tune Week: 5-11 (Always had 7th in it)
National Midwifery Week: 5-11(1st Full Week)
National Work From Home Week: 5-11 (1stFull Week)
Nuclear Medicine Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Customer Service Week: 6-10 (1st Week)
Drive Safely Work Week: 6-12
Financial Planning Week: 6-12 (1st Mon-Sun Week)
Kids’ Goal Setting Week: 6-10
National Health Care Food Service Week: 6-12
National Metric Week: 6-12 (Week always has 10th in it.)
*National Physicians Assistant Week: 6-12
Spinning & Weaving Week: 6-12
World Dairy Expo: 7-12 (First Tues. – Sunday)
Succoth: 9-15
*Take Your Medicine Americans Week: 10-16
Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week: 12-20
Earth Science Week: 12-18 (Always 2nd Full Week)
Getting The World To Beat A Path To Your Door Week: 12-18
National Chestnut Week: 12-18 (2nd Full Week)
National Food Bank Week: 12-18 (Week Always Has 16th in it, World Food Day)
Teen Read Week: 12-18
Veterinary Technicians Week: 12-18
YWCA Week Without Violence: 12-18(Second Full Week)
World Rainforest Week: 12-18
National School Lunch Week: 13-17 (Starts on 2nd Monday)
YWCA Week Without Violence: 13-17 (3rd Week)
*Food & Drug Interactions and Awareness Week: 17-24
Bullying Bystanders Unite Week: 19-25 (Third Full Week)
Freedom From Bullies Week: 19-25 (3rd Full Week)
International Infection Prevention Week: 19-25
Mediation Week: 19-25 (Third Full Week)
National Character Counts Week: 19-25 (3rd Full Week)
National Chemistry Week: 19-25 (3rd Full Week)
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week: 19-25
National Forest Products Week: 19-25 (Starts Third Sunday)
National Friends of Libraries Week: 19-25 (Third Full Week)
National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week: 19-25
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: 19-25 (Always Third week)
National Massage Therapy Week: 19-25 (Last Full Week)
National Respiratory Care Week: 19-25 (last full week)
National Save For Retirement Week: 19-25 (3rd Full Week)
Pastoral Care Week: 19-25 (3rd Full Week)
Red Ribbon Week: 19-25 (Last Week)
Ally Week: 20-24
Freedom of Speech Week: 20-26 (3rd Full Week)
*Disarmament Week: 24-30
Medical Assistants Recognition Week: 20-24 (3rd Full Week)
National Health Education Week: 20-24
National Nuclear Science Week: 20-24 (Third Full Week)
National School Bus Safety Week: 20-24 (Third Full Week)
*Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week: 24-31
*World Origami Days: 24-11/11
*International Magic Week: 25-31
Give Wildlife a Brake! Week: 26-11/1
(Last Week. We lose daylight and need to be more alert for animals while driving.)
Kids Care Week: 26-11/1 (Always Includes 10/27 Make A Difference Day)
National Infertility Awareness Week: 27-11/2

October HolidaysOctober Daily Observances

Balloons Around The World Day: 1 (First Wednesday)

*CD Player Day: 1
*Fire Pup Day: 1
*International Day of Older Persons: 1
*International Music Day: 1
*Model T Day: 1
*National Lace Day: 1
World Vegetarian Day: 1 *
*Guardian Angels Day: 2
*International Day of Non-violence: 2
*National Book It! Day: 1
*National Walk Your Dog Day: 1
*National Custodial Workers Day: 2
*Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day: 2
*World Farm Animals Day: 2
Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Day: 3-4
Lee’s National Denim Day: 3 (First Friday)
National Diversity Day: 3 (First Friday)
World Smile Day: 3 (First Friday)
Yom Kippur: 3-4
*Blessing of The Animals Day (aka Blessing of the Pets Day, World Pet Day): 4
Cephalopod Awareness Day: 4 (First Saturday)
Eid-Al-Adha: 4
Fall Astronomy Day: 4
(Observed on a Saturday near the First Qtr. Moon between mid-September and mid-October. It varies every year.)
*Improve Your Office Day: 4
*Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Roll Day): 4
*National Taco Day: 4
*National Ship in A Bottle Day: 4
*Ten-Four Day: 4
*Vodka Day: 4
*World Animal Day: 4
Inter-American Water Day: 4 (First Saturday)
World Card Making Day: 4 (First Saturday)
International Blessings of The Fishing Fleet Day: 5 (First Sunday)
Change A Light Day: 5 (First Sunday)
Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day: 5 (First Sunday)
Intergeneration Day: 5 (First Sunday)
International African Diaspora Day: 5 (First Sunday)
*International Day of No Prostitution: 5
World Communion Day: 5 (First Sunday)
*World Teachers Day: 5
Child Health Day: 6 (First Monday)
*Ecological Debt Day: 6
*Jackie Mayer Rehab Day: 6
*Mad Hatter Day: 6
*National German-American Day: 6
Techie’s Day:6 (Always 1st Monday)
World Day of Architecture: 6 (First Monday)
World Habitat Day: 6 (First Monday)
*You Matter To Me Day: 7
World Day of Bullying Prevention / Blue Shirt Day: 6(First Monday)
*Alvin C. York Day: 8
Emergency Nurses Day: 8 (Wednesday of First Full Week)
International Top Spinning Day: 8 (2nd Wednesday)
National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day: 8 (2nd Wednesday)
*National Pierogy Day: 8
Pet Obesity Awareness Day: 8 (2nd Wednesday)
S.A.V.E. (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere): 8 (2nd Wednesday)
Stop Bullying Day: 8 (2nd Wednesday)
Walk To School Day: 8
*World Octopus Day: 8
Succot: 8
*Leif Erikson Day: 9
*National Chess Day: 9 (See also 13th)
*National Pro-Life Cupcake Day: 9
National Depression Screening Day: 9 (2nd Thursday)
* World Post Day: 9
World Sight Day: 9 (2nd Thursday)
*International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction: 10
*International Newspaper Carrier Day: 10
*National Handbag Day: 10
* Naval Academy Day: 10
World Day Against The Death Penalty: 10 (2nd Friday)
World Egg Day (2nd Friday): 10
*World Homeless Day: 10
*World Mental Health Day: 10
*World Porridge Day: 10
*General Pulaski Memorial Day: 11 (President) (Note: See also March 7)
*International Day of The Girl: 11
*National Coming Out Day: 11
National Costume Swap Day: 11 (2nd Saturday)
National Family Bowling Day (or Kids Bowl Free Day): 11
Universal Music Day: 11 (2nd Saturday)
*Southern Food Heritage Day: 11
*National Food Truck Day: 11
*Columbus Day: 12 (Traditional)
*Day of the Six Billion: 12
Clergy Appreciation Day (or Pastor Appreciation Day or Ministry Appreciation Day) : 12
(No official sponsor. Always 2nd Sunday)
*Free Thought Day: 12
*International Moment of Frustration Scream Day: 12
*International Day for Disaster Reduction: 12
*Spanish Language Day: 12
Columbus Day (Observed) or National Day of Mourning (Native Americans): 13
*English Language Day: 13
International African Penguin Awareness Day: 13
*International Day for Failure: 13
*Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: 13
National Kick Butt Day: 13 (Second Monday)
Native American Day: 13 (2nd Monday)
* Navy Birthday: 13
*National Chess Day: 13 (See also 9th)
*Be Bald and Be Free Day: 14
National Face Your Fears Day: 14 (2nd Tuesday)
*Spider-Man Day: 14 (See also Aug. 1)
Hagfish Day: 15 (3rd Wednesday)
Information Overload Day: 15 (3rd Wednesday)
*International Day of Rural Women: 15
*I Love Lucy Day: 15
*National Cake Decorating Day: 15
National Fossil Day: 15 (On Wednesday of the 2nd Full Week)
National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day: 15 (3rd Wednesday or whenever it’s convenient.)
* National Grouch Day: 15
*National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: 15
*National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day: 15
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce: 15 (3rd Wednesday)
* White Cane Safety Day: 15
*Boss’s Day (or National Boss’s Day) : 16
(Annually Oct. 16. Unless if falls on a weekend. Then it’s the closest workday.
Conflict Resolution Day: 16 (3rd Thursday)
*Department Store Day: 16
*Dictionary Day: 16 (Noah Webster’s Birthday. Different than one in April)
Get to Know Your Customers Day: 16 ( January 16, April 17, July 17 and October 16)
Get Smart About Credit Day: 16 (3rd Thursday)
International Credit Union Day: 16 (3rd Thursday)
*National Feral Cat Day: 16
Shemini Atzeret: 16
Spirit Day: 16 (3rd Thursday)
*World Food Day: 16
Alternative Fuel Day: 17
*Black Poetry Day: 17 (3rd Friday)
*International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: 17
*Mulligan Day: 17
*National Pasta Day: 17
Mammography Day: 17 (3rd Friday)
Simchat Torah: 17
*Wear Something Gaudy Day: 17
*World Student Day: 17
Bridge Day: 18 (3rd Saturday)
*Hard Boiled Guy/Girl Day: 18
*National Chocolate Cupcake Day: 18
*World Menopause Day: 18
Sweetest Day: 18 (3rd Saturday)
National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day: 19 (3rd Sunday)
*Evaluate Your Life Day: 19
World Toy Camera Day: 19 (Third Sunday)
*Birth of the Bab: 20
Lung Health Day: 20 (Monday of Respiratory Care Week.)
*Miss American Rose Day: 20
National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day: 20 (3rd Monday)
*Celebration of The Mind Day: 21
*Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day: 21
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity: 21 (3rd Tuesday)
*Reptile Awareness Day: 21
*Caps Locks Day: 22 Verification removed due to profanity
*International Stuttering Awareness Day: 22
Medical Assistants Recognition Day: 22 (Wednesday of Third Full Week)
*National Nut Day: 22
*Smart is Cool Day: 22
Diwali: 23 (This varies every year. See .)
*IPod Day: 23
*National Mole Day: 23
*National Pharmacy Technician Day: 23
*Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day: 23
*TV Talk Show Host Day: 23 (Always on Johnny Carson’s birthday)
*Food Day: 24
National Pharmacy Buyer Day: 24 (Friday of Third Full Week)
Wear It Pink Day: 24
World Punkin Chunkin Championships: 24
* United Nations Day: 24
*World Development Information Day: 24
*Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day: 25
*International Artists Day: 25
Islamic New Year: 25
Make A Difference Day: 25 (Last Saturday)
National Forgiveness Day: 25 (Last Saturday)
Pit Bull Awareness Day: 25
*Sourest Day: 25
*World Pasta Day: 25
*Howl at The Moon Night: 26
Mother-in-Law Day: 26 (Always 4th Sunday)
*Mule Day: 26 (Historical, not celebration.)
Honors the importation of the first Spanish Jacks to the US which were a gift from King Charles III of Spain delivered October 26, 1785 in Boston.
George Washington then began breeding them in the US. For the celebration, go to March 31 or Columbia, TN )

National Privacy Day: 26 (aka Stop Watching Us Day)
Visit A Cemetery Day: 26 (Last Sunday)
Xterra World Championships: 26
*Cranky Co-workers Day: 27
*Navy Day: 27
*World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: 27
*National Chocolates Day: 28
*St. Jude’s Day: 28
*Internet Day: 29
*National Cat Day: 29
*World Psoriasis Day: 29
*Checklist Day: 30
*Create A Great Funeral Day: 30
*Devil’s Night or Mischief Night: 30
*Haunted Refrigerator Night: 30
*National Candy Corn Day: 30
*Beggars’ Night: 31
*Books For Treats Day: 31
*Day of the Seven Billion: 31
Frankenstein Friday: 31 (Last Friday)
*Girl Scout Founder’s Day: 31
* Halloween (or All Hallows) Eve: 31
International Bandanna Day: 31 (Last Friday)
National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day: 31 (Last Friday)
*National Caramel Apple Day: 31
*National Knock-Knock Jokes Day: 31
*National Magic Day: 31
*National UNICEF Day: 31
*Samhain: 31