october calendar

Happy October! This is the first truly full autumnal month of the year here in St. Louis. While almost all of us think of Halloween for the October holiday there are plenty of other unique and fun holidays to celebrate or observances to help us learn and explore our world.

I’ve pulled together a few of the more interesting or fun ideas to help you have a reason to celebrate and learn throughout the month of October.

  • October 1 – National Homemade Cookies Day
    Who doesn’t love a nice hot-out-of-the-oven ooey-gooey homemade cookie? Today is a great day to practice making new cookies for all your upcoming holiday baking. My favorite cookie is actually a super easy one, Magic Bar Cookies.
  • October 2 – National Name Your Car Day
    Do you name your car? I have with some of mine, but not all. My current car is nameless. My favorite named car was my ’88 Suzuki Samurai named Charlie. That was my first brand new car I bought back when I was in high school. We also had a 1953 Plymouth Cranbrook Belvedere that Hubby made into a Rat Rod and her name was Abby.
  • October 4 – National Taco Day
    Who doesn’t love a taco? We have homemade tacos regularly at our house. In fact, for Caitlan’s big birthday party a couple of weeks ago I made a big taco bar for everyone. Our favorite restaurant to go eat tacos is Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.
  • October 4 – National Vodka Day
    Cheers! Have a cocktail with some vodka today to celebrate. My favorite vodka drink is a screwdriver (vodka and orange juice). Make sure you check out my recent recipe for Vodka Ginger Lemonade if you need a way to celebrate.
  • October 5 – National Do Something Nice Day
    How can anyone not want to honor this day? The only thing you have to do is do something nice, just one thing, and you are celebrating this holiday. A smile to a stranger is something nice, a kind comment or email to someone online, or a wave to a neighbor. Sometimes the simple things are the nicest things.
  • October 6 – World Smile Day
    This holiday sort of piggy backs on yesterday’s although it has been celebrated for quite some time. It’s origins of World Smile Day are from Harvey Ball, a commercial artist, who is credited with the creation of the common smiley face in 1963. The holiday started in 1999.
  • October 7 – National LED Light Day
    This is a newer holiday, started in 2016 by Bridgelux. LED lights use so much less energy which makes them better for our planet. Celebrate by replacing one of your traditional light bulbs with an LED bulb.
  • October 8 – World Octopus Day
    Day 8 of the month celebrates our 8-armed friend the octopus. Did you know science estimates that the octopus has been around for over 300 hundred million years?
  • October 9 – Fire Prevention Day
    This is the primary day, but the week of October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week. Growing up I remember learning about fire safety in elementary school. Do you remember Stop, Drop and Roll? I luckily have never been in a fire, but I honestly feel that much of what I learned as a small child would help me if I were in that situation. Please take some time today to check out the National Fire Prevention Association for tips, tools, and resources for preventing fires as well as how to deal with fires.
  • October 10 – National Handbag Day
    This holiday was actually created by a blog in 2012 and is a bit silly but there are lots of charities who are finding it useful by having handbag auctions and such to raise money for their charities.
  • October 10 – World Homeless Day
    This observance has been held annually on the 10th of October since 2010 and has been recognized on ever continent except Antarctica. The purpose of this world observance is to draw attention to the global issue of homelessness and to get folks involved, where they live, to help those who are homeless and to end homelessness.
  • October 11 – National Fossil Day
    Learn about the creatures who were here before us for National Fossil Day. The US National Park Service has tons of activities to help all of us learn and celebrate fossils.
  • October 12 – National Gumbo Day
    Yummy and hearty, gumbos are an amazing dish for this time of year. You can find thousands of recipes online for it and customize it to fit your family. It is officially the cuisine of the state of Louisiana. Gumbo is a thick rich and hearty stew that often contains seafood, but it is not required. It is perfect served over rice as well.
  • October 12 – World Arthritis Day
    Arthritis is someone that impacts so many people as we age, but there are also types of arthritis that impact many from a much earlier age. Early diagnosis, correct diagnosis, is imperative for those suffering with any type of arthritis. Learn more about types of arthritis and resource.
  • October 13 – World Egg Day
    This holiday is celebrated on the second Friday of October each year. I love eggs, although long ago I was much pickier about eggs. This one little ingredient is so incredibly versatile and healthy. Celebrate World Egg Day by having an egg at some meal today. Be sure to try out my recent Frittata recipe if you need some inspiration for your eggs.
  • October 14 – National Dessert Day
    I am not a huge sweets eater, but I do love a bite or two of desserts. This is the day to order dessert first (my mom does this) or include dessert after your main meal if you usually do not. I do have several dessert recipes here on my blog for you to try out if you need inspiration.
  • October 16 – National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
    I tend to save a lot of items to my computer desktop. These are usually just simple items like recent photos, screenshots, and the like but they add up quickly and my desktop gets cluttered. Take a few minutes today to delete things you no longer need or group into folders to tidy up your desktop.
  • October 17 – National Pasta Day
    I do not eat pasta as much as I used to because it is wasted filler, but I still actually love it. There are so many more healthier options for pasta these days though that it is allowing me to enjoy my favorite pasta dishes in healthier ways. Look for whole wheat, gluten-free, and even the use of vegetable “pasta” (thin slices or spiral cuts) to help enjoy the day.
  • October 19 – National Get Smart About Credit Day
    This is an area that I go back and forth about being good with. I know it is really important but yet it is a “put your big girl panties on” kind of thing which I’m not always so great at. Take some time today to check out your current credit score, order the latest copy of your credit report from the major credit reporting agencies, and just generally get up to speed on your credit.
  • October 20 – National Mammography Day
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today is focused on mammography. For those that have never had a mammogram yet I promise you that it is not nearly as awful as what some make it out to be. I did a video a few years ago when I had my very first mammogram to share my experience.
  • October 22 – National Nut Day
    Nuts are not only incredibly delicious but they can also be incredibly healthy in our diets. While there are many who suffer from nut allergies, if you are not one of them you should try to include nuts in your daily diet.
  • October 24 – United Nations Day
    UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. United Nations Day has been celebrated since 1948.
  • October 26 – National Pumpkin Day
    October is the month that pumpkins get the most attention because of pumpkin carving for Halloween. Rejoice and celebrate that aspect, but also realize that pumpkin is a highly nutritous food, not just the flesh, but also the seeds and leaves even!
  • October 27 – National Black Cat Day
    I actually had a hard time pin-pointing the actual day of National Black Cat Day. There are several different days mentioned across the internet. Regardless of the day, the relevance of this day is that black cats are the hardest to adopt out by animal rescue groups and black cats are often abused around Halloween. If you are considering adopting a cat right now please pay special attention to the black cats you find.
  • October 28 – National Make a Difference Day
    Today is the day to volunteer to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • October 29 – National Oatmeal Day
    I love a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on cool mornings for a healthy breakfast. Oatmeal is a whole-grain which is super healthy. Be sure to check out my latest oatmeal recipe, Nutty Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal
  • October 30 – Checklist Day
    I am a list maker and I credit this to my mom and my grandma. It is just so much easier to remember things on a list. Stay tuned for upcoming checklists of all kinds here on my blog, easily printable.
  • October 31 – Halloween
    Boo!
  • October 31 – Comment & Win Giveaway Ends
    The current Comment & Win Giveaway here on my blog ends today! Make sure you get your entries in for your chance to win $100