October Holidays and Observances

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
  • National Apple Betty Day
  • National Get Funky Day
  • National Storytelling Day
  • World Teachers’ Day

October 6th Holidays

  • Come and Take It Day
  • Garlic Lovers Day
  • Jackie Mayer Rehab Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • National Badger Day
  • National Coaches Day
  • National German American Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • National Physician’s Assistant Day
  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day
  • World Cerebral Palsy Day

October 7th Holidays 

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

October 8th Holidays

  • Alvin C. York Day
  • American Touch Tag Day
  • International Lesbian Day
  • National Fluffernutter Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • World Octopus Day

October 9th Holidays

  • Curious Events Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • International Beer and Pizza Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • National Moldy Cheese Day
  • National Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • National Sneakers Day
  • Nautilus Night
  • Scrubs Day
  • Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day
  • World Post Day

October 10th Holidays

  • Hug a Drummer Day
  • International Stage Management Day
  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Hug-a-Kevin Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Love Your Hair Day
  • National Metric Day
  • National SHIFT10 Day
  • National Tuxedo Day
  • Powers of Ten Day
  • Squid and Cuttlefish Day
  • U.S. Naval Academy Day
  • World Homeless Day
  • World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  • World Mental Health Day
  • World Porridge Day

October 11th Holidays 

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  • “You Go, Girl” Day
  • General Pulaski Memorial Day
  • Kraken Day
  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • Myths and Legends Day
  • National Kimberly Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National It’s My Party Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • Southern Food Heritage Day

October 12th Holidays

  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Freethought Day
  • International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
  • National Gumbo Day
  • National Savings Day
  • Old Farmers Day
  • World Arthritis Day

October 13th Holidays

  • International Day for Disaster Reduction
  • International Day for Failure
  • International Plain Language Day
  • International Suit Up Day
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
  • National M&M Day
  • National No Bra Day
  • National Train Your Brain Day
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • Silly Sayings Day
  • The US Navy’s Birthday

October 14th Holidays

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day
  • National Dessert Day
  • National FRUMP Day
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  • World Standards Day

October 15th Holidays

  • “I Love Lucy” Day
  • Breast Health Day 
  • Global Handwashing Day
  • My Mom Is a Student Day
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • National Aesthetician Day
  • National Cheese Curd Day
  • National Chicken Cacciatore Day
  • National Grouch Day
  • National Mushroom Day
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
  • National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • National Pug Day
  • National Roast Pheasant Day
  • National White Cane Safety Day
  • Sewing Lovers Day

October 16th Holidays

  • Global Cat Day
  • National Cut Up Your Credit Card Day
  • National Department Store Day
  • National Dictionary 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
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  • National Edge Day
  • National Pasta Day
  • Spreadsheet Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day
  • World Trauma Day

October 18th Holidays

  • 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
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano 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 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 DeployedOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Button
  • National Mincemeat Day
  • National Mule 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 HolidaysPots Awareness Month Ribbon Button

  • 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 WeekNational Pizza Month Funny Food Observances T-Shirt
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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