October Holidays and Observances

list of holidays in october

October Holidays and Observances

Every day of the year is full of holidays and observances. Most are fun, silly and some are downright strange while others are very important and raise awareness for a good cause. Here is a full list of October holidays and observances. Click on any day and see what it holds.

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Floating October Holidays

Days that fall on a different day each year.

October 1st Holidays

  • CD Player Day
  • Homemade Cookie Day
  • International Coffee Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • International Music Day
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • International Raccoon Appreciation Day
  • Model T Day
  • National Black Dog Day
  • National BOOK It! Day
  • National Fire Pup Day
  • National Hair Day
  • National Lace Day
  • World Vegetarian Day

October 2nd Holidays

  • Guardian Angel Day
  • International Day of Non-Violence (Ghandi’s Day)
  • National Custodial Worker Day
  • National Fried Scallops Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • National Research Maniacs Food Day
  • Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day
  • World Day for Farmed Animals
  • World No Alcohol Day

October 3rd Holidays

  • Look at the Leaves Day
  • Mean Girls Appreciation Day
  • National Boyfriend Day
  • National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • National Caramel Custard Day
  • National Family TV Show Day
  • National Virus Appreciation Day
  • National Techies Day

October 4th Holidays

  • Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • eDay
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • International Toot Your Flute Day
  • National Golf Day
  • National Ships-in-Bottles Day
  • National Vodka Day
  • National Taco Day
  • World Animal Day

October 5th Holidays

  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Global James Bond Day
  • Manufacturing Day
  • National Apple Betty Day
  • National Get Funky Day
  • National Storytelling Day
  • World Teachers’ Day

October 7th Holidays

  • Bathtub Day
  • National Flower Day
  • National Frappé Day
  • National LED Light Day
  • National Inner Beauty Day

October 16th Holidays

  • Global Cat Day
  • National Cut Up Your Credit Card Day
  • National Department Store Day
  • National Dictionary Day
  • National Department Store Day
  • National Learn a Word Day
  • National Liqueur Day
  • Steve Jobs Day
  • World Food Day
  • World Spine Day

October 17th Holidays

  • Black Poetry Day
  • Four Prunes Day
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Mulligan Day
  • National Edge Day
  • National Pasta Day
  • Spreadsheet Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day
  • World Trauma Day

October 18th Holidays

  • Get to Know Your Customers Day
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • National No Beard Day
  • World Menopause Day

October 19th Holidays

  • Dress Like a Dork Day
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • LGBT Center Awareness Day
  • National Seafood Bisque Day
  • New Friends Day
  • Rainforest Day
  • World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

October 20th Holidays

  • International Sloth Day
  • Miss American Rose Day
  • National Brandied Fruit Day
  • National Call-in Day For Health Reform
  • National Suspenders Day
  • National Youth Confidence Day
  • The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
  • World Osteoporosis Day

October 21st Holidays

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Celebration of the Mind Day
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Garbanzo Bean Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day
  • International Day of the Nacho
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

October 22nd Holidays

  • Eat a Pretzel Day
  • INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • National Color Day
  • National Knee Day
  • National Nut Day
  • Smart is Cool Day

October 23rd Holidays

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day 
  • National Canning Day
  • National iPod Day
  • National Mole Day
  • National Slap Your Irritating Co-Worker Day
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

October 24th Holidays

  • 40-Hour Work Week Day
  • Black Thursday
  • Food Day
  • National Good and Plenty Day
  • Take Back Your Time Day
  • National Bologna Day
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day
  • World Polio Day

October 25th Holidays

  • International Artist Day
  • National Cartoonists Against Crime Day
  • National Greasy Foods Day
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day
  • World Pasta Day
  • World Pizza Makers Day

October 26th Holidays

  • Horseless Carriage Day
  • National Day of the Deployed
  • National Mincemeat Day
  • National Mule Day
  • World Lemur Day
  • National Pumpkin Day
  • Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night

October 27th Holidays

  • American Beer Day
  • Boxer Shorts Day
  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • National Potato Day
  • Navy Day
  • Occupational Therapy Day
  • Sylvia Plath Day
  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 28th Holidays

  • International Animation Day
  • National Chocolate Day
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
  • Separation of Church and State Day
  • St. Jude’s Feast Day
  • Statue of Liberty Dedication Day
  • Wild Foods Day

October 29th Holidays

  • International Internet Day
  • National Cat Day
  • National Hermit Day
  • National Oatmeal Day
  • World Psoriasis Day
  • World Stroke Day

October 30th Holidays

  • Buy a Doughnut Day
  • Checklist Day
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • Mischief Night
  • National Publicist Day
  • National Speak Up For Service Day
  • Pumpkin Bread Day
  • Sugar Addiction Awareness Day

October 31st Holidays

  • Books for Treats Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day 
  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Halloween
  • National Caramel Apple Day
  • National Doorbell Day
  • National Increase Your Psychic Powers Day
  • National Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain
  • Scare a Friend Day
  • Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day
  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Day
  • World Savings Day

October Weekly Observations 

Week 1: Get Organized Week
Week 1: Customer Service Week
Week 2: Fire Prevention Week
Week 2: Pet Peeve Week
14 – 20 Earth Sciences Week
Week 3 Pastoral Care Week

October Monthly Holidays

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
American Pharmacist Month
Apple Jack Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Clergy Appreciation Month
Computer Learning Month
Cookie Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Eat Country Ham Month
National Pizza Month
National Vegetarian Month
National Popcorn Popping Month
Sarcastic Month
Seafood Month





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